Watchouts While Choosing Skincare Products For Your Baby
Created by Aparna Jha Updated on Jun 11, 2019
“Nobody ever becomes an expert parent, but I think good parenting is about consistency. It’s about being there at big moments, but it’s also just the consistency of decision making, and it’s a routine”– Sebastian Coe
Right from what food my toddler has to what she wears; I never fail to scrutinize what’s best for her. Unfortunately, a failure to give sufficient attention to what products we are using for babies can lead to negligence towards their health and wellbeing.
Is Your Baby Powder Safe?
From numerous years parents have entrusted their faith in a few baby products and considered them the gold standard. However, a recent report by the Reuters generated a buzz by claiming that the baby powder from a globally leading brand contains carcinogenic Asbestos which is deadly and hazardous to a child’s health. The report also elaborated that this global giant was aware of this fact and yet chose to conceal it.
Thousands of plaintiffs have charged the product for causing cancer and moved to court. Moreover, several women have accused the product usage led them to ovarian cancer. The company, on the other hand, has refused the presence of asbestos in the baby powder and claims that the powder is safe. The fact of the matter is that the company has been facing such crisis and flak from a very long time over the past few years. On the other hand, it’s worrisome how in spite of the claimed hazardous nature of the powder, a very few parents are attentive towards picking the right product for their child.
What Is Asbestos?
These are naturally occurring silicate minerals which are regarded as highly toxic in nature. Breathing these fibres can result in damaged lungs. The fibres of these minerals percolate into the deposits of talc; thus it adulterates the talc derived from the soil which is used prominently for cosmetic products.
Harmful Effects Of Asbestos On A Baby/Toddler:
It’s advisable not to use talcum powders on children because there can be a possibility of inhaling those fine particles.
These fine particles once inhaled have the tendency to cause respiratory disorders or lung damage.
According to the World health organization, asbestos is carcinogenic. Therefore, its exposure can lead to lung, ovaries and larynx cancer. Furthermore, it also results in mesothelioma (generally occurs in the abdomen, testicles or near the heart), lung fibrosis as well as pleural thickening.
The fibres of asbestos get settled with the body tissues. As a result, it can contribute to unfavourable health risks and inflammation.
Exposure to asbestos has greater certainty to develop gastrointestinal, throat, kidney, gallbladder and colorectal cancer.
Symptoms Of Asbestos Exposure:
Pain in chest, cough and breath shortness may be experienced during asbestosis, a lung disease that is a resultant of asbestosis exposure. Other symptoms may include loss of appetite, chest tightness, fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, hoarseness, abnormalities in blood clotting etc.
How To Choose The Right Products For Your Baby’s Skincare:
The skin of a newborn is fragile and delicate, thus it is always advisable to avoid chemical products and look for pH balanced or neutral safe products. For effective results look for these ingredients in the skincare products - Til oil, Ashwagandha, Aloe Vera, Shankhpushpi, Chandan, Kapoor, Ratanjot, etc. Always prefer products which have fewer fragrances, no soap and alcohol as it can lead to skin irritation in babies.
Ayurvedic Alternatives Instead Of High-on-Chemical Baby Products:
We are the home to Ayurveda, perhaps all things natural. The oldest traditional and time-tested Ayurvedic herbs developed centuries ago find their roots to India. Ayurveda has in-depth insight on curing diseases and nurturing health. Herbal and organic remedies were used to heal from illness. There are these natural baby skin care products such as massage oils, soap, moisturizers, body wash, creams, and shampoo available in the market which, contain the essence of Til oil, Ashwagandha, Aloe Vera, Shankhpushpi, Chandan, and Ratanjot. These natural ingredients ensure that your infant’s vulnerable skin is cared for and your baby is out of harm’s way.
These lines have become my recent favourite “Mother’s love is great, surging, divine current that plays forever through humanity”. I reflect at times and feel that any lapse in health issues could lead to critical and unavoidable consequences for my baby. My guard is up, especially while I choose products for my baby. I prefer picking Indian, natural, ayurvedic products. I hope that you would also pay adequate attention while choosing products for your baby.