Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Protecting our babies against absorbing Phthalates

The big story in the news the last couple of weeks has been how babies are absorbing phthalates from skincare products. A recent study by Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, Baby Care Products: Possible Sources of Infant Phthalate Exposure, revealed that babies exposed to certain skincare products had elevated levels of phthalates in their urine.

On the flip side, Dr. Sathyanarayana's report was critized by the CFIF (Center for Individual Freedom) for being a conflict of interest. According to CFIF, the report is motivated more by politics than actual science. It "conveniently" omits well-known scientific risk assessments on phthalates exposure, and excludes information regarding Dr. Sathyanarayana's political activism and apparent bias.

As concerned parents, what should we believe? It's hard in today's world because we already have so many concerns when it comes to our childrens health. The best practice is to keep it simple. Use natural baby skin care products and learn how to choose natural skin care products by reading labels and knowing what ingredients are harmful.

If you want to see how safe the skincare products you have around the house are, the Cosmetic Database has a partial listing of baby products ranked by how many chemicals are in them. Very informative!