Why we should be concerned about parabens in baby products
Unknown to us, our babies may be exposed to harsh chemicals from a young age. Did you know that many commercially available baby products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals called parabens?
As parents we are concerned about what goes into our babies’ bodies, be it food or drink. But do we always exert the same care when it comes to what we apply our babies’ bodies?
A baby’s skin is extra-sensitive, thinner and more prone to irritation than an adult’s, so proper care is essential from a very early stage. This is why we select products labelled as safe for babies. Have you ever asked yourself how safe these really are?
It’s scary, but it’s true: unknowingly, we might be exposing our babies to nasty chemicals from a young age. Did you know that many commercially available baby products contain parabens?
What Are Parabens?
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Parabens are a family of related chemicals that are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetic products.” These preservatives are used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mould. This protects both the products and consumers from contamination.
The most commonly used parabens in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben. Parabens are often used in combination with other types of preservatives to better protect against a broad range of microorganisms.
Parabens: Are They Bad for Baby and You?
Parabens have been in use as preservatives for the last 80 years. But over time, health experts have been drawing our attention to the risks of parabens. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to evaluate these chemicals and their effects.
The main problem with parabens is that they mimic the female hormone oestrogen in our bodies. They disrupt endocrine chemicals which are absorbed into the bloodstream, and affect many of our body's natural functions which may lead to potential health problems.
What Products Contain Parabens?
Parabens are some of the most commonly used preservatives in cosmetics and skin care. They are often found in moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners, and many types of makeup.
The Importance of Safe and Non-Toxic Skin Care Products for Babies and Toddlers
Babies and young children are especially susceptible to the effects of chemicals. At that young age, all their physical systems are still developing. If their endocrine system is disrupted by exposure to parabens, it could harm growth and development.
Choose the Best Gentle Care
In view that mothers want to choose the best gentle care for baby’s skin, NIVEA has recently launched the new NIVEA BABY range that has been specially developed with dermatologists and paediatricians. The range which is fully imported from Europe, contains 0% parabens and colourants and consists of essential baby products for head-to-toe care that meet the special needs of your little one’s skin.
With NIVEA having more than 130 years’ experience in skincare, parents can be assured that NIVEA BABY combines NIVEA’s long brand history for safe and effective care, with the latest knowledge and research. In addition to this, NIVEA BABY range is hypoallergenic, clinically tested and of course approved by the experts.
Make the safe switch, mums, and get peace of mind knowing you’re giving your baby only the best and gentle care.
For more information on the full range of Nivea Baby products, click here.