Top 7 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid When Shopping for Your Kids

by Jeanne Sager June 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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Fragrance

Fragrance is a word that can be deceiving. It doesn't refer just to colognes and perfumes, but to anything that gives scent, and the EWG warns it's a catch-all word that covers a lot of chemicals.

Where It's Hiding: Just about any health and beauty product you'd buy for your child, from soap to shampoo to bubble bath, could have a fragrance hiding in it. Also beware of handwipes and anything else with a "smell," and fragrance on the label.

Why You Should Avoid It: Regulations are loose, and the 3,000-plus chemicals the word "fragrance" represents can cause anything from allergic reactions to birth defects, depending on what they are.

Fragrance is a word that can be deceiving. It doesn't refer just to colognes and perfumes, but to anything that gives scent, and the EWG warns it's a catch-all word that covers a lot of chemicals.

Where It's Hiding: Just about any health and beauty product you'd buy for your child, from soap to shampoo to bubble bath, could have a fragrance hiding in it. Also beware of handwipes and anything else with a "smell," and fragrance on the label.

Why You Should Avoid It: Regulations are loose, and the 3,000-plus chemicals the word "fragrance" represents can cause anything from allergic reactions to birth defects, depending on what they are.

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Filed Under: kid health, safety
Jeanne Sager
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeanne Sager

writes articles for The Stir by day, slays closet monsters and bounds through bedtime stories with her elementary schooler by night.

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CraftyJenna
June 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

First, the slideshows do not work well on this website! Second, this article was not very detailed, you give the name but then say it's in "personal care products" - what kind? How do we find them on the label? Do they have other names? It doesn't really help to say things like, well, these chemicals are in your carseat- good luck with that.

Facebook comment from Yoli Sayson Karcher
June 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM
I agree with the previous post. What good is saying the name of the chemical if not suggesting what to use not/use?
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.LoVeMyBuG.
June 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Really, enough with the slideshows! I know I am not the only one who hates them! 

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butterflyfreak
June 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Why do you insist on hiding what could potentially be useful information in your ridiculous slideshows that DON'T work?

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coupon_ash_back
June 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

what isn't bad for you? *eye roll*

 

 

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Nonmember comment from Nattydread
June 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM
I love you guys but really, don't make me click 8 times to see the complete list. Please repost this article on a single page so that a broader audience hears your message!
Facebook comment from Sheila Beadling
June 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM
read the ingredients in your products. it is that simple! if you aren't sure, do a quick google search on the ingredient.
NotMaud
NotMaud
June 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

So are there any products out there that don't contain all this stuff? It would be more helpful to give us some brands to look out for or tell us about products that are marketed as "natural" and "kid-friendly" but in fact contain hazardous ingredients.

Facebook comment from Elizabeth Sotiropoulos
June 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Did anyone else find it interesting how the author has "Diet Pepsi coursing through her veins" but warned us of the dangers of exposing our children to chemicals? But for the brands to watch out for and safer brands.... Basically any inexpensive, major brand contains these chemicals. They're cheap, prolong shelf life, and smell good. Some brands to think about buying: California Baby (soap, lotion, etc.), Burt's Bees, BabyGanics. A good laundry detergent is Rockin' Green. It's actually not much more expensive than using Purex and it REALLY gets stains out! :) Just do some research! And yes, doing the right thing for your and the environment is a little more expensive sometimes. But cancer isn't cheap, either.

Facebook comment from Heather Duso Johnson
June 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Am I the only one who thinks we should just get rid of plastic?  Wouldn't that solve 99% of these issues?  

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