Carcinogens in kids’ bath products

toxic-tub.jpgMaybe it’s because I spent some time today in the pediatric intensive care unit for an upcoming Sunday column. Or maybe it’s because I’m paranoid about the increase in leukemia and pediatric brain tumors.

Whatever the reason, the new report about carcinogens in my kids’ shampoo really ticks me off.  In case you haven’t heard, more than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer. Read more here.

We’re talking about big name household products found in everyone’s bathroom, like Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic lotion. The risky chemicals are apparently byproducts of the manufacturing process.

Why is it so hard for a huge, boldface company like Johnson & Johnson to make a safe baby shampoo when other, smaller manufacturers like California Baby can?  It’s maddening.

Of course, Johnson & Johnson discounts the study.

If you’re concerned about what’s in your baby’s bath bubbles, read about the chemicals to avoid the No More Toxic Tub report here. Find safer baby products here.

What soaps and lotions are in your kids’ bathrooms? Do you plan to switch to organic products based on this news?

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