Harmful Baby Chemicals To Be aware of

What Are These Harmful Chemicals????

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  1. 1,4-dioxane
  2. Bisphenol A
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Parabenes
  5. Phthalates
  6. Oxybenzone
  7. Benzyl acetate
  8. Flame retardants or poly brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  9. Bisphenol S (BPS)
  10. Polyurethane


1,4-dioxane, also known as dioxane, is a heterocyclic organic compound and is classified as an ether. Ethers are pleasant smelling, colourless liquids. That is the reason 1,4 – dioxane has a faint sweet odour. It is also miscible in water, meaning it is able to mix totally in water even at high concentrations and does not evaporate easily therefore making it difficult to remove from water. 1,4 dioxane is a by product of ethoxylation. Product labels therefore do not often list it. Products that create suds such as shampoos, liquid soaps, toothpastes, mouth washes and bubble baths often contain such products. Studies have classified Dioxane as harmful and carcinogenic. Though it has been classified as such, the FDA has not yet determined a safe limit for this chemical.

Here are some ingredients that 1,4-dioxane may be a by-product of :

  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Poloxyethylene

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins often contain Bisphenol A. Polycarbonate plastics are used in the manufacturing of food containers while epoxy resins are used on items such as the inside of cans, nipple shields and bottle tops. Research has shown that BPA can mimic the structure and function of hormones. For example, they can bind to the hormone estrogen and influence bodily processes such as reproduction, growth, and cell repair. BPA can seep into foods and beverages that are in containers made of such chemical therefore causing harm. In short, BPA has been linked to health effects such as reproductive, immunity and neurological problems, asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and an increased likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease.

So, what can you do? You can opt to buy BPA free products. Some people use glass, stainless steel, or porcelain products to substitute for the plastic containers. If you do use BPA containers, please do avoid heat because overtime, the heat from putting these containers in the microwave or dishwasher causes the BPA to be leached into foods.


Formaldehyde is a strong-smelling colorless gas. Preservative as well as building materials and many household products contain this chemical. The Environmental Protection Agency considers it a probable carcinogen. However, there are no federal restrictions on the amount present in personal products. Levels exceeding 0.1 ppm can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and lungs. Products may not list Formaldehyde. Therefore, you should avoid quaternium-15, DMDM hydanation, imidazolidnyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1-3diol (bromopol) and glyoxal since


Moisterizers, shampoos and conditioners often contain this preservative. The shelf life of these products are extending because of this chemical. It does so by protecting against microbial growth and any bacterial contamination. Studies have shown that it can cause harmful health effects, such as harming fertility and reproductive organs and increase the risk of cancer.

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Cleaning and personal care products are often known to contain phthalates. They may are endocrine disruptors and can cause malformations in baby boys, reduced fertility, developmental disorders, asthma and increased allergic reactions.

Ways to avoid the use of Phthalates include the use fragrance free products as well as to use glass, stainless steel or porcelain containers instead of plastic.


Oxybenzone is a synthetic compound based on carbon, oxygen and hydrogen and derives from Benzene. It is a pale-yellow solid that is readily soluble in most organic solvents. Oxybenzone is also an active ingredient in sunscreen and other cosmetics because it can absorb ultraviolet rays. Studies have shown that it can be harmful to pregnant mothers, infants, newborns, and fetuses.

Benzyl acetate

It is a colourless liquid that has the odor of pears. Benzyl acetate is an organic ester. It formed by the condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid. Flavor and fragrance industries often use Benzyl acetate. Benzyl acetate can be absorbed into the body through inhalation and ingestion therefore making them harmful. Studies have shown that Benzyl acetate can affect the skin and can cause kidney issues. It can be something to look out for in baby products.

Flame retardants or poly brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

This harmful chemical is a class of flame retardants commonly used in household products such as textiles, furniture and electronic. For example, carpets, computers, bedding, clothing, car components, foam cushions etc. PBDEs have become environmental pollutants because they have the potential to disrupt thyroid hormones and can contribute to a variety of neurological and developmental effects; these includes low intelligence and learning disabilities.

Bisphenol S (BPS)

This chemical is the cousin of Bisphenol A (BPA). Plastic and synthetic fibres often contain this chemical. It has been used to replace BPA and can mimic estrogen. In animal studies, researchers have linked it to be harmful to reproductive organs and be increase cancer susceptibility and abnormalities in brain development and fat metabolism.


Flexible foams such as mattresses, cushions, and car seats often contain Polyurethane. Adhesives and sealants, coatings, shoes, and fibres include this chemical as well. Polyurethanes can cause some harmful effects such as asthma, and other respiratory conditions. The fumes can cause vomiting, headaches, shortness of breath and dizziness.

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