Babies and mothers who eat the correct essential fat rich diet don’t need most baby lotions and creams.
Picture: Mother and baby, beautiful skin by design.
Since the mother and father both grow up with their knowledge or rather lack of knowledge caused by being treated as consumers by schools and product marketers, it is “natural” that they will apply, pun intended, the same chemicals to their babies and children as they use themselves or have seen their parents use.
Yet there is no valid scientific health reason for applying most of the baby lotions and ointments to babies.
This has been reported as the results of an initial study reported in a Associated Press news article released Monday February 04 ,2008.
The study was published in the journal Pediatrics, Vol. 121 No. 2 February 2008, pages. e260-e268.You can read a review of the study here.
Verbatim from the conclusions of the study abstract:
“CONCLUSIONS. Phthalate exposure is widespread and variable in infants. Infant exposure to lotion, powder, and shampoo were significantly associated with increased urinary concentrations of monoethyl phthalate, monomethyl phthalate, and monoisobutyl phthalate, and associations increased with the number of products used. This association was strongest in young infants, who may be more vulnerable to developmental and reproductive toxicity of phthalates given their immature metabolic system capability and increased dosage per unit body surface area.”
The word phthalates appears in the study. This is a chemical that makes plastics flexible and gives shelf life to fragrances, perfumes and other body care products. At what price are we willing to pay for the vain convenience of having sweet smelling babies?
Phthalates in studies involving both animals and humans has been associated with the following:
- reproductive birth defects
- premature breast development in young girls
- decreased semen quality in men
- deformed genitals in boys
If you don’t require your own injured child for proof for these concerns, of slathering chemicals all over our bodies, then read the labels on what body care products you presently use. If they don’t say; phthalate, DEP and DEHP free, the author of the study,a Pediatrician M.D. recommends that you don’t use them. Keep in mind that no company is legally required , at the present time, to inform you on its product labels whether it contains Phthalates.
Also consider this:
- Your baby does not require the all the lotions and creams, regardless of their chemical content
- Think of the money you will save by not buying the lotions and creams.
If you don’t know what to think, or the study is incorrect , why risk you and your baby’s health and future by applying chemicals to the body?
How can saturating your skin with chemicals be good, when the proper diet and lifestyle will give you skin that is smooth as silk, nails that are strong and hair that is healthy?
Again,what price are you willing to pay for, so called, convenience.
Having any one of the results from chemical poisoning may cost you more than you can pay,maybe even you or your baby’s life.