Perhaps you closely read the labels on food and beverages that your family consume. If so, you may be equally selective in choosing the types of personal care products you use on yourself and/or your children too.
But navigating the seemingly endless aisles of soaps, creams, bath products, shampoos and other personal care products targeted for babies and children can be a dizzying chore even for the most dedicated shoppers.
If you ever wished for a handy list of personal care product ingredients to avoid, the Environmental Working Group, (the folks who brought you the "Dirty Dozen" produce fridge magnet and list) have also created a guide to download and print for the times when you're shopping for bath products, toothpaste, baby wipes and shampoos for your kids. Click this link below to download and view/print it:
Now, lest parents think this is just alarmist stuff, aimed at convincing them otherwise about using their own common sense, check out the first three of EWG's four top tips:
1. Use fewer products and use them less
2. Don’t trust the claims. Check ingredients.
3. Buy fragrance-free products.
That's advice most people could agree would do a child's skin well, not to mention your family's budget. The EWG full database is available online with the group's best and better picks selected from various brands to give you some ideas to start off with.
Remember, while many of the personal care products listed in the database are natural, some "natural" or botanical ingredients can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. So be sure to use any product sparingly when switching to a new brand to make sure your child's skin reacts fine to it.