? Baby week ? – Wet Wipes.
Since 2016, many companies have reformulated their wet wipes and taken things out like phthalates and formaldehyde releasors. Companies are listening to the buyers! ???? And due to this we now have so many better choices wipes on the market. Many wipes out there are now ??(not all are pictured above).
But some companies, like Pampers and Huggies, each carry a line that isn’t as great as a similar product they make. So make sure you still check labels.
Here are 3 concerns of mine with wipes:
1️⃣Synthetic fragrance – this can be over 3000 different chemicals and companies are not required by law to label what their fragrance is made up of. It’s their “trade secret.” Nor does the FDA require any testing of these chemicals or monitoring of their health effects. The only label on the product will say fragrance, perfume, or parfum.
The problem is that many phthalates are found in these fragrances. What are phthalates❓
Phthalates are plasticizers found in products to help moisten and soften skin. They also help dissolve and combine ingredients in a product. They are endocrine disrupters linked to problems of the reproductive system. They also are linked to asthma and allergies.(1)
2️⃣ Propylene glycol and Polyethylene glycol (PEG) – these are penetratration enhancers that open pores. The open pores allow other chemicals to readily enter the body. The EWG rates these from 1-3, but if your child has sensitive skin, this may be an ingredient you want to avoid. (2,3)
3️⃣ Cocamidopropyl betaine – shown on labels as coco-betaine, this has been named allergen of the year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society (2004). Again the EWG rates this as a 1, but if your child has sensitive skin, it is an ingredient to avoid. (4)
Have you made the switch to a better choice baby wet wipe product? Let me know in the comments!
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