Children Exposed Daily to Personal Care Products With Chemicals Not Proven Safe
According to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) children are being exposed daily to chemicals via the use of everything from baby shampoo to diaper wipes that have not been assessed for their hazards to children.
In an online survey of more than 3,300 parents, the group found that the average child is exposed through body care products to 27 chemicals a day that have not been found safe for them, including some that are associated with brain and nervous system damage, hormone disruption, allergies and cancer. All common ingredients in baby shampoo, lotion, diaper cream, and sunscreen.
As Dr. Becky Sutton, study’s author pointed out, “Just because a shampoo or sunscreen is labeled 'children's' doesn't mean it's been tested and found safe for kids; children are more at risk than adults from many chemical hazards, but we have no special standards to protect them."
In conjunction with the release of this report, EWG has also put out a comprehensive parent’s buying guide to help determine which products to avoid and which to choose, which can be accessed for free via this link.