What’s The World Coming To When You Can’t Trust Baby Shampoo?
The labels on baby shampoos sure sound good. Gentle. Non-irritating. Everything a good mother could want. And some have pictures of smiling, happy babies to seal the deal.
Most of those labels don’t tell the truth. They can’t, because if moms knew the truth, they wouldn’t buy the shampoo.
Why not? Most baby shampoos-most shampoos for all ages-contain sodium lauryl sulfate or its equally ugly cousins sodium laureth sulfate or ammonium lauryl sulfate.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is an inexpensive industrial solvent with a talent for making suds-exactly what we expect a shampoo to do. But caustic SLS really stings when it gets into your eyes, just what you don’t want a baby shampoo to do.
So manufacturers add what’s called a nonionic detergent to numb the eye. That way, babies won’t feel any irritation. Problem solved? Well, no.
Studies show that SLS can cause permanent eye damage. If your baby doesn’t react to SLS, you won’t know there’s problem, and you won’t flush those tender eyes with water. The SLS will remain, doing its damage.
Allergic to Baby Shampoo
Besides that, many of us are allergic to sodium lauryl sulfate and its ugly cousins. Switching to products that don’t contain the bad guys frequently resolves unexplained rashes and general discomfort from itchy skin.
How come the rashes and the itchiness? The same protein denaturing properties that cause eye damage can also cause skin inflammation. Skin layers actually get separated from each other. Which may be why SLS also damages hair follicles.
Consider shampoos from companies like Aubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, Jason Natural or Kiss My Face. No SLS to worry about-and also no disastrous parabens to do a number on your endocrine system. You can get these shampoos in health food stores or on-line. On-line offers a better selection.
Most toothpastes include SLS, too. Tom’s of Maine toothpaste has a reputation for natural ingredients, but it contains SLS. I use Kiss My Face Triple-Action gel and like it a lot. I have no connection with the company; Just because I like their stuff. It’s available at health food stores or on-line.
Most cosmetics contain SLS, too.
Why am I jumping up and down, yelling about SLS? A month’s worth of hives that took a course of steroids to clear up, that’s why. Don’t let that happen to your baby-or you.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.