Do you remember when shopping for kids was easy? Back when the main criteria for making a purchase were price and cuteness factor? Oh, those were the days ... before everything was so loaded down with toxic chemicals that buying a bottle of stuff to untangle your 6-year-old's mane requires a dictionary to decipher the ingredient list.
Most of the time that means buying something that "looks" like it should be OK. But how do you know if that new sport bottle really is safe? If that new bottle of "kids" shampoo is going to give them cancer? How about a list of the biggest, baddest toxic nasties that you need to avoid at all costs when you're shopping for your kids?
The Stir asked the experts at the non-profit watchdog the Environmental Working Group to help us come up with a list of the top five ingredients in any child product that parents need to avoid. They did that and threw in two more biggies to keep away from the kids.
No more trying to figure out what every single word on the back of the bottle means: if any of these terms show up, you'd be better off putting it right back on the shelf.
What are the words you look for on the ingredients list of any kid product?
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Phthalates show up in everything from toys to raincoats, shampoos to nail polish (although not the stuff on this kid's toes!), and beyond. They're seemingly everywhere, but that doesn't mean you can't get keep them away from your kids.
Where They're Found: The real question is where aren't they found. Although several toy manufacturers are promising to phase them out, they're still present in many, in addition to a ton of kids' products on the shelves.
Why You Need to Avoid Them: From the folks at the EWG: "Though the CDC contends the health hazards of phthalates to humans have not been definitively established, for some years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has regulated phthalates as water and air pollutants." There are studies that have linked these chemicals to everything from hormone disruption to liver cancer.