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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Baby's Sensitive Skin

Did you know that more than one-third of all personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer? Currently, there are over 1,000 chemicals that are banned from use in Europe, but the U.S. has only banned 9! Not scary enough? Babies’ delicate skin is considerably more permeable than adult skin so they could be absorbing up to three times the amount of toxins than an adult using the same application would absorb.

I just assumed that when I bought a product specifically formulated for babies that it was both safe and healthy. Well, I was very wrong. Ask any pediatrician and they will tell you that those popular baby skincare products that everyone buys aren't the best for a baby with sensitive skin. Most of them contain some nasty stuff that can cause major skin irritations. I realized all of this when my youngest started getting eczema soon after he was born. The doctor told me to switch to a mild bar soap that was both free and clear of added ingredients along with a prescription steroid cream to be used at a minimum. His skin did improve a little, but I hated to use the steroid cream. I tried countless numbers of creams and lotions (some organic and some not) and nothing made it much better. Finally, I found a great resource online by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that rated different products based on how safe the ingredients are and how effective the product is (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/). I went down the list of products that were rated to be safer for baby but found most of the organic ones to have a fragrance that was not appealing to me and some even made his skin worse.

At last, I discovered TruKid products. Their entire line received the safety rating of 0-3! The safest rating of all kid's skin care lines! I personally love that they are certified organic and and have a very pleasant mild smell. After using the Bubbly Body Wash and Happy Face&Body Lotion on my baby, I was sold on this line. His skin instantly improved and I hardly ever have to use the prescription steroid cream anymore. I love this line so much that I even use it...shhh, don't tell the kids!

1 comment:

Cecelia said...

Isn't it gross? Parabens are endocrine disrupters and are in everything, it seems. No wonder my friend who teaches kindergarten has little girls with boobies already. SCARY!