What Is Best For Your Baby?
By Rob Bentley of Miessence certified organic skincare
The news that a new baby is about to join the family is always exciting news.
We all want the very best start in life for the most vulnerable in our family and it's not surprising as parents we are examining the many chemicals we're exposed to in our homes each and every day.
Miessence product formulator and founding director Narelle started Miessence exactly because of those concerns and as a result produced the world's first certified organic range of products for health, home and body.
It may come as a surprise to some people how many particularly hazardous chemicals we're exposed to in our homes.
Back in 2009 a groundbreaking study of women who were in the second trimester of pregnancy discovered that it was likely that their babies had already been exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the womb.
The study tested pregnant women from Washington, California, and Oregon. Specific findings include:
- Every woman tested was exposed to bisphenol A, the hormone disrupting chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and the lining for food cans. Bisphenol A is linked to cancer, early puberty, diabetes, obesity, and reproductive problems.
- Each woman had at least two and as many as four “Teflon chemicals,” or perfluorinated compounds, in her blood. These are chemicals used to create stain-protection products and non-stick cookware and are linked to low birth weight, obesity, and cancer.
- Mercury, known to harm brain development, was in the blood of every woman in the study.
- Every woman was exposed to at least four phthalates, the plasticizers and fragrance carriers found in consumer products from shower curtains to shampoo. Phthalates are linked to reproductive problems and asthma.
While bisphenol A (BPA) is now being phased out of baby bottles and sipper cups, there are many other chemicals that are found in household and baby products.
Amongst the most concerning are Phthalates.
Phthalates, or “plasticisers,” are a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible and resilient and they are found in many everyday items such as children’s toys, processed food packaging, shower curtains, detergents, some beauty products including shampoo and deodorants.
Phthalates have increasingly become associated with changes in development of the male brain as well as with genital defects, metabolic abnormalities and reduced testosterone in babies and adults.
Even products that are listed as BPA-free may not be safe either.
Almost all commercially available plastic products we sampled, independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source, leached chemicals having reliably-detectable EA, including those advertised as BPA-free. In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA [endocrine activity] than BPA-containing products.
Even without the concern of these bioaccumulating chemicals, baby's skin is naturally more sensitive than ours and being vigilant about the baby care products used is also important.
That bottle of baby shampoo might smell "fresh" or "clean," but the fragrance is likely the result of many chemicals. Allergens and irritants in fragrances are a leading cause of skin reactions and they can dry out a baby's skin.
Watch out for the word "fragrance" when listed as an ingredient on a body care product -- it's a catchall term for any of the chemicals used in making the aroma.
"A lot of the phthalates that people worry about are actually in fragrances," (Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, author of Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents' Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddler) says. "By cutting out fragrance, you cut out some of those additives."
The good news is that there is plenty you can do to protect your children.
You can find out more about chemical nasties in everyday products on the Ingredients We Shun page on our web site.
The good news is Miessence has plenty of pure, natural and gentle certified organic products that will help give your baby the very best start in life.
In fact, all Miessence products are safe and gentle enough to use on children.
Here are suggestions for the ideal baby shower gift:
Belly & Breast Balm - A soothing and nourishing balm safe for mums-to-be to use during pregnancy and beyond. Use it as a special massage ritual as a delightful way to bond with your newborn.
Barrier Balm - A soothing balm that protects baby's sensitive skin from chafing and which relieves dry skin patches.
Reflect Outdoor Balm - Featuring micro-fine zinc along with nourishing olive oil, Reflect Outdoor Balm is an ideal solution to distressing nappy rash.
Sunflower Body Wash - Deliciously scented with gentle cleansing and a safe alternative to children’s bubble bath and baby wash products.
Intensive Body Cream - Actively promotes skin elasticity and suppleness.
Desert Flower Shampoo - Ultra mild for daily use and perfect to use on babies and children and will not irritate skin or eyes.
You can purchase the entire Miessence product range for health, homne and body via my online shop http://www.minaturals.miessence.com Your purchases will be shipped fresh, direct from Miessence HQ and will arrive within 7 working days.
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UK Miessence Indepedent Representative
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