Safety Guide For Children’s Care Products

While researching my article for children’s sunscreen, I came across a 1-page guide that all parents should print and carry in their shopping bag/purse. It’s from the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database and it is something all parents should read. It lists ingredients to avoid within children’s personal care products and lists better brands (picks) for each of these categories:

Shampoo and Conditioner
Body Wash and Liquid Soap
Baby Wipes
Lotion and Moisturizer
Diaper Cream
Baby Powder *there is no recommended baby power for babies as it can cause lung damage*
Play Makeup

This printout is worth the ink.  These new companies are amazing that are catering to parents wanting chemical free products for babies and children.  Next question (or article) will be where to find and purchase them and not have it cost an extravagant amount of money.

Interesting note and a bit of advice I can pass along to parents.  If you want chemical free kid’s products, a great starting point is to eliminate all ‘fragrance’ of personal care products. Companies can claim the scent they use in a product is a ‘secret scent’ and are therefore allowed to hide what’s actually in the fragrance.  This gives them a loop hole to not have to list the chemicals used in production.  Also, companies are not required to test cosmetics before they are sold.  We need to research before purchasing products for our kids that are absorbed into their skin, hair, and body.  More to come on this interesting topic…

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One Response to Safety Guide For Children’s Care Products

  1. Heidi June 26, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    Thank you! I think this is such important information.

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