Avoid these four irritants found in baby wash!

Baby being washed with a sponge without irritants found in baby products

There’s nothing more precious than a baby, which is why it’s so important to keep them safe from irritants found in baby wash. Here are the top four to beware of!
Starting the day that we lay eyes on our infant, we do everything in our power to make sure that they are taken care of to the absolute best of our abilities. From what we feed them to the products we put on their skin, we believe that the decisions we make are with their best interests in mind and that nothing harmful will come from them.

But did you know that our little ones are constantly exposed to irritants from the moment they enter this world? From environmental pollutants to skincare and household products, even the items that claim to be “all-natural” still can have adverse effects on their health, as well as their delicate and highly absorbent skin?!

Whether rashes, allergic skin reactions, eczema outbreaks or other skin irritations, there are numerous personal care products available on the market that contain these potentially harmful ingredients and artificial fragrances – and as a Mom of three myself, I want nothing to do with them!

This is why I choose to use organic and all-natural products with the least amount of ingredients as possible!

But how do we know which of the ingredients listed are actually causing potential harm so we can avoid them? Let me help! Here is a list of four irritants found in baby wash– and yours too for that matter!

Artificial fragrance

The majority of baby shampoos and soaps contain various synthetic fragrances in order to make babies smell great and to encourage parents to keep buying these products. Unfortunately, artificial fragrance can irritate a little one’s respiratory system, as well as cause various skin reactions. Moreover, the chemical compounds that create a scent are generally identified as trade secrets, so it is impossible to know what you are truly getting.

With thousands of different ingredients falling under the generic “fragrance” term, the unidentified mixture of ingredients can include carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals and environmental toxicants.

In fact, a National Academy of Sciences report from 1986 points out some vital facts: About 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil). They include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.

Furthermore many on the list are known or suspected endocrine disruptors, compounds that mess with hormonal health and can trigger weight gain and even set you up for diseases decades down the line. For all these reasons, artificial fragrances are definitely on our list of irritants found in baby wash to avoid!

boy applying natural body lotion

Designed to prevent bacteria from growing, parabens are a chemical preservative that have been deemed xenoestrogens – agents that mimic estrogen in the body. “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. And in 2004 British cancer researcher Philippa Darbre, Ph.D., found parabens present in malignant breast tumors, and is why experts in many countries have recommended limits on paraben levels in beauty products.

In addition, watchdog organizations worry that if parabens can be stored in the body, they could have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk, which is why they are best avoided altogether.

However, please be aware that these chemicals are often not listed as parabens on the ingredients label but rather such things as butylparaben, propylparaben and methylparaben.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

A common ingredient in personal care products, sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam and lather. From shampoos, and body washes, to toothpaste and lotions, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, considers SLS a “moderate hazard” that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.

According to Mercola.com, although SLS is derived from coconuts, it is contaminated with a toxic byproduct during the manufacturing process and prolonged contact with the skin may also result in skin irritation.

Furthermore, SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl, reports the EWG.

Sweet girl brushing her teeth
Sodium benzoate

Sodium benzoate is a synthetic compound created when benzoic acid is combined with sodium hydroxide. Benzoic acid is a sodium salt found naturally in some fruits and spices such as berries, apples, cinnamon and plums and isn’t harmful on its own. However, the problem occurs when benzene is combined with ascorbic acid. Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical associated with blood cancers such as leukemia. The FDA recognizes that sodium benzoate is used as an antimicrobial agent and allows limited use.

Sodium benzoate can also trigger allergic reactions in some people. According to the December 2007 issue of “Environmental Health Perspectives” it has also been implicated as a potential trigger for hyperactivity in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is stated that sodium benzoate in and of itself does not cause the disorder, and more research is needed to determine what role, if any, it plays in worsening hyperactivity.

Although daily irritants are something our little ones are exposed to right from birth, we as parents can take extra precautions in order to protect their delicate and highly absorbent skin from irritants found in baby wash.

Some of the biggest culprits? The household and personal skin care products that we use on a daily basis! Fortunately, opting for products with natural and hypoallergenic plant-based ingredients is one of the best ways to care for and prevent certain skin conditions, as well as protect and nourish baby’s soft sensitive skin. That is why I have made it my mission to create better-for-baby products – and is how EverJoyn got started!

Join us on our mission to expand this Conscious Parenting Movement and use products that are great for baby – and for you!

Jessica Boscarini Nature Remedies consultant Jessica Boscarini Holistic Health Coach Hi there! My name is Jessica Boscarini and I am a Mom to 3 littles ones, as well as the Founder of Healthy Fit Fab Moms. I’m also a Holistic Health Coach, Nutritional Chef and Fitness Instructor – so I have made it my job to be healthy!