BPA can transfer from the container into the product or food. Check the packaging for the words “BPA-free” and avoid plastics with the recycle symbol with the numbers 3 or 7. Avoid heating plastic containers in the microwave or leave them exposed to heat, as it can increase the amount of BPA that is transferred.
For obvious reasons, baby diapers are definitely not the best-smelling things in the world. You may think it’s a good idea to cover up odors using perfumes and scented products, but these may do more harm than good. Even in adults, products that contain perfumes and fragrances can cause allergic reactions (contact dermatitis). Babies have more delicate skin and immune systems, therefore the effects of these ingredients can be more harmful.
Check the labels to ensure that there are no synthetic perfumes or fragrances. Examples of these ingredients include benzenes, aldehydes, and toluene. Choose products labeled as “fragrance-free” rather than “unscented.” Unscented products still contain chemicals that have a neutral scent or mask other scents, but can still be harmful.
Finally, there’s formaldehyde. While last on this list, formaldehyde is one of the most dangerous chemicals here. Formaldehyde is commonly found in industrial products, though it can be an ingredient in some baby shampoos and soaps. Examples include disinfectants, plywood, and insulation materials. Additionally, embalmers use it to preserve bodies.
The major danger of formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients is the increased risk of cancer. Many patients who developed cancer were found to have been regularly exposed to high levels of formaldehyde in the workplace. Although there are lacking studies on its effect on babies, it is best to stay away from formaldehyde as much as possible.
In short, babies are more sensitive to chemical exposure. Unfortunately, unlike adults, babies cannot avoid dangerous chemicals on their own. That’s where parents and caregivers play an essential role. This article summarizes some of the most common and harmful ingredients in baby products that you should avoid. If your baby has used any products with these ingredients and has an adverse reaction, contact a doctor or pediatrician as soon as possible.
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