5 Toxins That May Be Hurting Your Child’s Development
What if the simple, every day things we were doing for our kids were actually hurting them?
Bath shampoos, hand washing, sunscreens- do you actually KNOW if they are safe for your kids?
What has changed so much over the years to negatively impact our children’s health and neurological development?
Am I the only one that wonders what on earth has happened since we were kids???
“The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis,” said study author Philippe Grandjean, of the Harvard School of Public Health. “They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance. Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes.” Most of the chemicals in use have never been tested for safety nor are they regulated in the U.S.*
Neurobehavioral problems, like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia, affect about 10-15% of kids born today, the The Lancet Neurology, research authors say. Genes play a large role in some of these disorders – but not that large. Only about 30-40% of the cases of the disorders can be accounted for by genes alone, so environment must make up the other part. Outlining those compounds can be difficult, but the research is mounting, and pointing to a growing list of chemicals that we should avoid.
This Fox News health article recommends 5 things experts remind moms to be mindful of if you want to reduce the toxins and potential neurologically damaging effects on your kids:**
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You might love the smell of your baby’s lotion, but fragrance is linked to allergies, skin irritation and eczema and can be toxic to various organs in the body. When reading labels, avoid any product that lists fragrance, perfume or parfum.
2. Phthalates and parabens
Phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals that are used as preservatives in personal care products like baby shampoos and lotions.
Phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption, which can cause reproductive problems, including a decrease in sperm motility and concentration, as well as allergies, asthma and cancer.
Research shows that another class of chemicals, parabens, are endocrine disruptors and have been linked to reproductive problems, developmental disorders, endometriosis, skin irritation and cancer. Avoid products that contain phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and ingredients ending in “–paraben.”
3. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Formaldehyde is a preservative added to water-based products to prevent mold from forming. It can be directly added to products or released through another preservative.
To avoid it, stay away from products that contain formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal.
Usually found in bath products and liquid soap, 1,4-dioxane is a chemical byproduct, so you won’t spot it on a label. A possible human carcinogen, 1,4-dioxane is linked to organ toxicity and skin allergies. To avoid it, don’t use products that contain sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds and chemicals listed as xynol, ceteareth and oleth.
5. Vitamin A and oxybenzone
On it’s own vitamin A is safe, but when it’s used in sunscreen and skin is exposed to the sun, it can be problematic. In fact, a study by the National Toxicology Program suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed up the development of skin tumors and lesions.
When reading labels, avoid products that contain vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, retinol, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate and retinoic acid. Another dangerous chemical that’s used in sunscreen and should be avoided is oxybenzone, which is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to endometriosis and reproductive problems.
How to find safer alternatives:
Instead of spending hours researching products and comparing labels, here are some easy ways to avoid toxic chemicals.
Here are a few apps that can help you determine safer products for your kids:
Download an app such as The Environmental Working Group’ Skin Deep or the GoodGuide to look for product ratings.
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