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Baby wipes – making safer choices

Have you ever considered the chemicals that might be used in the manufacture of baby wipes? Although many claim to be sensitive to babies skins and contain skin conditioning ingredients, many brands also contain several preservatives that can be harmful to infants and young children. Most leading supermarket brands, even when they claim to have natural ingredients such as aloe, will also typically contain chemicals such as DMDM Hydantoin, Paraben and Methyparaben. In the Chemical Maze, these ingredients are known to have potential effects such as skin and eye irritations, allergic reactions, dermatitis, itching and swelling. Parabens are also linked to endocrine disruption with potential associated breast cancer risks.

When we buy baby wipes we typically look for something soothing and nourishing for the skin that helps alleviate nappy rash and keep the area clean. But many of these chemical ingredients have the opposite effect. Read baby wipe labels carefully and choose the ones that provide a chemical-free alternative for your family. Reusable cloths (dedicate some face washers to the cause) you can toss in the washing machine again and again may be a more cost-effective and chemical-free choice.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.

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