By: Amy Glasson, MissKate
Pay Attention Parents! Choosing natural and organic products for our children is more important than choosing organic products for us. This is because children have a higher body surface area to body weight ratio, which means that they have a higher rate of exposure to the products and ingredients they use.
According to a survey by the US-based Environmental Working Group (EWG), “Every day, children are exposed to an average of 27 personal care product ingredients that have not been found safe for developing bodies.”
Choosing natural and organic products is a positive step we as parents can take.
Bright colours and strongly perfumed bubbles in the bath may be fun, but chemicals in regular bubble bath products can lead to rashes, and an increased rate of urinary tract infections. Natural bath washes are free of irritating chemicals but still make bath time exciting. Miss Kate Sleepy Beauty Bath Wash is a safe and natural bath which will still give great foam for the kids and includes essential oils of lavender, neroli and chamomile to soothe and settle your little one before bed.
A nice and gentle moisturizer will rehydrate. Choose a natural product with soothing ingredients such as Miss Kate Body Lotion in the Sleepy Beauty range.
Mainstream baby wipes contain alcohol and perfume. In addition to this, Dermatologists are reporting increasing numbers of parents and carers presenting with skin problems linked to using disposable baby wipes.
Research published by the Medical Journal of Australia in March 2014 links the preservative used in these wipes, methylisothiazolinone or MI, to the most common cause of dermatitis in patients sampled.
The EWG also recommends steering clear of talcum powder, commonly used in diaper creams and wipes, as it can be harmful to the eyes, skin, and lungs. Concerns have also been raised about its potential contamination with asbestos.
Search for wipes that do not contain these ingredients. A product we love is Playdays chemical free baby wipes.
Does baby shampoo need to contain cancer-causing chemicals? No – but many do.
Product tests released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in March 2009 found two chemicals linked to cancer, 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, in dozens of bath products for babies and kids, including Sesame Street character brands and even the super trusted Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.
Your best bet is a natural shampoo. A handy tip is, more often than not, your mild and natural bath wash will be a great double act as an effective shampoo.
Note: In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson pledged to eliminate formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan and phthalates from all baby products after being given a petition of 30,000 signatures from consumers.
No more fuss and pain getting out those tangles, choose a natural detangler for easy brushing and knot-free hairdos. Detangler sprays are often used on wet or dry hair before combing. There are natural versions to grapple with those tangles such as the Miss Kate Detangler with organic sweet orange oil added for a pretty, natural fragrance.
Your little girl wants to be a princess. The dress and heels are on, the tiara is firmly pinned to her head and now she is in your cosmetics bag liberally applying a little makeup here, there and everywhere. Unless the makeup is certified toxic-free, she needs to STOP!
Safe Cosmetics Australia advise us to avoid mineral oil and petroleum, both known carcinogens, as well as talc, a suspected carcinogen. These chemicals can be found in some children’s play makeup products.
Cosmetic companies continue to use high levels of hazardous heavy metals that are linked to serious illness such as reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity.
Miss Kate’s range of play makeup for children is all natural and free of all the nasty staff. Miss Kate products are also certified non-toxic by Safe Cosmetics Australia. You can be assured your little ones are safe while they enjoy dress ups and play time!
As always, whilst it is important to ditch the toxins in your children’s personal care items, remember the additional elements in raising healthy and happy children: a healthy diet, active play and lots of love!