|DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN BABY PRODUCTS|
In October The Environmental Working Group (EWG) surveyed 3,300 parents. They asked them what baby products they used and compared the ingredients to lists of chemicals know to cause allergies, damage to the nervous system, hormone disruption, and cancer.
Dr. Rebecca Sutton, an environmental scientist, conducted the study. "What we found is every day through the use of personal care, kids are exposed to 27 chemical ingredients that have never been assessed for safety...not by industry, or by the government." The questionable chemicals are found in generic diaper wipes to sunscreen lotions.
Some of the chemicals Dr. Sutton points out are: "2 bromo, 2 nitropropane, 3-DIOL creates allergy and skin irritation and in certain products it can break down to form cancer causing agents. Desitin diaper cream contains sodium borate. It can collect in the brain and liver and case health effects."
The study found 89% of products labeled "recommended by a doctor" actually contained what Dr. Sutton considered to be dangerous chemicals. "Sunscreen with oxybenzone can trigger allergies and disrupt the hormone system," Sutton said.
The study is calling for the FDA to require strict testing of the chemicals' health effects as they would apply to children. The Environmental Working Group has a buying guide listing chemicals to watch out for in products.