Protect the Fetus & Newborn Babies – Be Alert to Chemical Dangers!

Author: Julie Hodges
Published: September 05, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Pregnant women and first time parents endeavor to learn all they can to minimize health risks to the fetus and their newborn babies. The best safety tips often highlight practical ways to avoid health issues associated with pregnancy, babies and toddlers, rather than depending upon strategies to treat them.

Safe Products for Pregnant Women & Babies

Shoppers deserve the right to purchase safe skin care products for expecting mothers and for babies. Synthetic chemicals associated with popular baby care brands have come under increasing attack due to the suspicion that these commonly used chemicals may be responsible for causing or aggravating infant respiratory distress, allergies and immune sensitivities in infants.

An overview of just few chemicals used in many beauty products for women and in infant skincare should highlight the value of checking labels more thoroughly and considering the overall health benefits of non toxic personal care products.

Safe Skin Care or Hidden Poisons?

Propylene Glycol

• Propylene Glycol – Generally used as-an anti-freeze for boats, aircraft and vehicles.
• Also an ingredient in solvent acrylics, stains, dyes and brake fluid

Propylene Glycol is considered to be “Generally Recognized as Safe” for use as a food additive, or in cosmetics and skin care products.

Material Safety Data Sheets are provided with the purchase of chemical products.  Such sheets provide safety instructions in case of an emergency.

Safety Sheet for Propylene Glycol states:

• Minor eye irritation
• Avoid contact with the skin
• It is a skin irritant and can affect the liver and kidneys

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Reports have raised concerns regarding safety!
• A surfactant useful in the removal of oil
• Generally used as an engine degreaser

Do you think it is likely to create or solve infant skin conditions?

Sodium lauryl sulphate may not be life threatening, but it is common sense to avoid exposure to synthetic chemicals suspected of posing a danger. Such logic is even more important when considering the potential affect on the health of pregnant women, the fetus, babies and toddlers.

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