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Tips on How to keep our babies safe from harmful chemicals like Phenoxyethanol

Tips on How to keep our babies safe from harmful chemicals like Phenoxyethanol

The uncertainty and bouquet of mixed emotions that I felt during my first delivery have taken over by a second-time mom, who is more aware and confident of her choices when it comes to her kids. It has been six years since I adorned the hat of motherhood and yet every day I learn something new. A lot has changed in the last six years but one thing which has been constant with me is that as a parent, I want the absolute best for our kids.

From fabric that touches their delicate skin to the cosmetic we use for them, from what they eat to what they read, everything needs to go through a standard test in our home called “Mom-approved-it “. I have read more labels of the products than books in these last six years. It doesn’t make me a paranoid mom but gives me an opportunity to learn new things and helps me find better ways to keep my little humans away from harmful chemicals. 

During an evening walk in the park, a new mom asked if we should believe and follow everything our elders say. I knew where the question was coming from because I have been in such confusing situations too. I politely replied, follow your heart and keep your ears open.

There are so many pieces of advice and so much information available all around, that it often gets quite overwhelming for a new mom to follow through. I have been through such situations twice and understand their plight. The mom kept on asking questions about which products are best for her baby, honestly, I don’t have a name of a particular brand that I could recommend.

I have a list of things I follow through before purchasing any new skincare product for my little ones. Here is a brief idea of how I work it out. Writing this blog will be all worth it if I could help other confused new moms out there:

  • Read the Label

I know you must have heard it a gazillion times and often don’t find enough time to read the label when a little one is clinging on to you. Read about it on the net, and do your research on the product and its ingredients. Read the label and find out about the chemicals that are used in the product. Try to find products that clearly mention the ingredients/chemicals used instead of just hiding them in plain sight. 

  • “All Organic” is not the best 

Do not fall for this trap. One has to use chemicals for the longer shelf life of the products and there are chemicals that aren’t harmful to the skin. Understand that claiming to be all organic is quite possibly could be a market gimmick too. I have realized that many brands that often claim to be the all-organic kind tend to use the maximum number of chemicals to enhance the fragrance, texture, or color. Try to find the best chemical-free baby products after reading the labels.

  • Understand your baby’s skin

Not all products would suit your child. Some have hypersensitive skin and some might not need many products to keep their skin hydrated. For my firstborn, I used a handful of new products and her skin adapted well. However, my second-born is a premie which means I had to be more careful with the products I would use for him. Sensitive skin might need different baby skincare products.

  • Keep yourself updated

I love to read and you will often find me with a book in hand. I wanted to use this habit of mine to keep myself updated with the ingredients companies using for baby skincare products. It is not difficult to find paraben-free baby products in India.  Had this not been practiced how would we come to know that phthalate, benzyl alcohol, etc. were sometimes used for cosmetics but not anymore. Keep reading and update yourself about such information. Honey is bad for infants or not? this discussion may go on for years if you won’t believe the scientific finding and trust that with time we will find such information. 

  • Stay away from Phenoxyethanol

This is one such chemical that should be avoided too, Phenoxyethanol is a “glycol ether” used as a fragrance ingredient and preservative that kills bacteria and extends a product’s shelf life. Phenoxyethanol has become a more common alternative as manufacturers phase out parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, as it has been assumed to be a safer option despite lingering concerns.

A high concentration can cause contact dermatitis, worsen eczema, and could even affect the central nervous system. The FDA warned mothers not to use nipple creams containing phenoxyethanol as the chemical can cause vomiting and diarrhea in nursing infants (2008). Due to strong safety concerns in the event of an infant ingesting it orally, make sure to avoid phenoxyethanol in products that come in contact with your baby’s mouth, including, Baby lotion, Bodywash, shampoo, baby creams, etc. 

  • Trust your mom-instinct

I understand how overwhelming it all might seem. Trust your maternal instincts and find brands that have been complying with rules and regulations without a miss. Brands that clearly mention their ingredients and are proactive in removing harmful chemicals before guidelines make it mandatory. Finding the best baby skincare products for sensitive skin may get a bit overwhelming given the multiple options available in the market. I have been using some brands which fulfill all these criteria, out of all those Chicco’s new line of products in baby moment tops the chart. 

 

Hope this blog will help you narrow your choice of products and understand the chemicals which must be avoided. 

Until next time, mommy! Keep rocking this motherhood journey. 

 

kavita

Mom of a beautiful and most adorable baby girl. I am a dreamer and a true optimist with a drop of crazy at heart. I have always been fascinated with the perpetual link of a pen and a heart. It amazes me how beautifully pen can write what heart truly believes. I am a stubborn daughter, pampered wife, doting mother and free-spirited human being. Do not forget to visit www.momtastciworld.com and www.clumsythoughts.com


Reader Comments

  1. It indeed is important to use products that are safe and organic for babies to use. Its imperative that we read labels and everything that is present in our childs products.

  2. Kids’ skin is really sensitive and we as parents need to be extra careful. I totally agree with you that all organic things are not important right for your kid’s delicate skin.

  3. Babies skin is very sensitive and it requires a lot of protection and care. These are very good tips to protect them from harmful products and chemicals. I do not have kids but will send this post to my friends who have small kids.

  4. It is important to be careful and selective about products we use for our baby’s skin. Chemicals like phenoxyethanol seem to cause much damage to their tender and sensitive skin. Thanks for this important information.

  5. I don’t think I’ve used this brand for my babies at all. But it’s good that they have come up with products that are free from harmful chemicals.

  6. As a parent, we have a lot on our minds, and the last thing we want to worry about is exposing our baby to harmful chemicals. Chikoo is indeed a great brand. Nice article.

  7. I have used Chicco when Kavya was a babe and absolutely agree with all the tips here. Keeping kids away from harsh chemicals and radicals used in the products is very essential.

  8. Skin of babies is very sensitive. It needs to be protected from harsh and dangerous chemicals. Products with natural ingredients are best for their sensitive skin.

  9. These are some really useful and important tips to ensure the protection of babies from harmful products that contain harsh chemicals. It is really imperative that parents do a bit of research before buying baby products.

  10. yes we have to select baby care products after proper research. harmful chemicals in baby products may be dangerous for baby’s sensitive skin. chicco sounds like a great brand. will check out their website to know more.

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