Making sure your baby is healthy and happy is one of the most challenging learning experiences that all parents must go through. Learning which products work for you and your family is a complicated process that will take some trial and error; some chemicals in your everyday products might not be as safe for your baby as you’d like to think. Even though they are approved for use on human children, you still might not want to risk activating or agitating any potential allergies.
Which is exactly why we’re going to take a deeper look at some of the more harmful ingredients inside baby wipes, so you can be sure to avoid them.
It’s pretty widely accepted that you can’t just put formaldehyde into stuff that people use on or in their bodies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gave it the highest (i.e. worst) score for negative health impact. It is a leading cause of allergic contact dermatitis, which is a type of eczema that develops usually within a few hours of contact with the allergen (the substance that the person is allergic to).
However, none of this has stopped the use of formaldehyde-releasing preservatives – so keep an eye out for these ingredients:
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin
- Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
- 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol)
- Polyoxymethylene Urea
- 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane
They may be hard to pronounce, but keeping an eye out for these ingredients will save you a lot of potential trouble later on down the road. Pro-tip: Baby wipes by companies like Honest do not have any formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing substances in their product. Options do exist, you just have to do your research.
Tocopheryl and Tocopheryl Acetate are compounds that are hugely beneficial for your skin, as they contain strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, they are often synthesized using hydroquinone, which is currently recognized as a carcinogen, and thus found to have evidence of carcinogenic properties. It is an allergen, skin toxicant and has been linked with other non-reproductive organs toxicity.
You will likely not see phthalates as a listed ingredient on any labels of baby wipes. However, you would likely find the words “fragrance” or “perfume” on labels, which is a mixture of hidden ingredients in baby wipes. According to the EWG, fragrance mixtures can often contain diethyl phthalate, which is associated with hormone disruption, allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and has potential effects on the reproductive system. The EWG has given it a rating of 8 on a scale of 10 – with 10 being the most harmful.
When looking for a great brand of baby wipes, it is good practice to look for varieties not containing a fragrance, as they tend to irritate sensitive skin, as well as steering clear of anything containing the suffix “-paraben” (a chemical preservative).
These aren’t the only hidden ingredients in baby wipes, but they are among the most harmful. If you do you due diligence and research, you can steer clear of these chemicals and have a happy, healthy baby with a happy, healthy bottom.
According to an Oxford University study, involving mice, roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than raw peanuts.
Scientists say chemical changes caused by dry roasting processes may prime the body’s immune system – sparking future allergic reactions.
However, much more work is needed before humans should consider swapping roasted nuts for raw ones, they say.
The research appears in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Mice were exposed to peanut proteins through the skin or the stomach.
Roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than raw peanuts
Animals given the dry roasted samples had a much stronger immune response – the body’s way of fighting things that appear foreign to it – than mice given the raw versions.
In humans, immune responses vary. Some can be mild, causing rashes for example, but others can be extremely dangerous, leading to swelling of the mouth and breathing difficulties.
Scientists say it is likely to be the high temperatures used to roast nuts that are responsible for the chemical changes that, in turn, prompt the allergic reactions.
Prof. Quentin Sattentau, who led the research, said: “This is the first time, to our knowledge, that a potential trigger for peanut allergy has been directly shown.”
And researchers believe the findings may explain the lower allergy rates in East Asian populations where boiled, raw or fried nuts are a more common part of the diet than roasted ones.
However, they warn that much more work is needed before doctors make any specific dietary recommendations.
Prof. Quentin Sattentau said: “We know that children in families with other allergies are more likely to develop peanut allergy.
“However our research is at an early stage and we think that it would be premature to avoid roasted peanuts and their products until further work has been carried out to confirm this result.”
Scientists are now exploring methods to get rid of the particular chemical changes that may be responsible for kick-starting the immune system.
People with peanut allergies are advised to avoid them and many carry auto-injector pens to reduce the severity of any reactions that do occur.
Miley Cyrus has denied she stayed in hospital due to a drug overdose.
“I didn’t have a drugs overdose. I took some antibiotics that a doctor gave me for a sinus infection,” she said.
The singer spent two weeks in hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to the medication.
Miley Cyrus has denied she stayed in hospital due to a drug overdose
“I’ve been laying in a hospital bed connected to IVs. I’m on a bunch of good vitamins and doing lots of yoga trying to get myself back together.”
Miley Cyrus, 21, was on stage at London’s O2 arena last night as part of her Bangerz world tour.
She previously cancelled shows in Amsterdam and Antwerp as a result of the illness.
“My immune system was already low because I had a death in my family and was already down.
“What doesn’t make it better is that people were online saying I’d done it with drugs but it’s all good. I’m okay and I’m here,” the singer added.
Miley Cyrus, who rose to fame as Disney’s Hannah Montana, said being bed ridden had been the “most miserable” two weeks of her life.
“I’m like a star ready to explode. I’m going to go off. I’ve just been watching movies and reading,” she said.
Miley Cyrus has been released from the hospital after being treated for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, E! News reported.
Miley Cyrus, 21, is reportedly planning to travel to Europe to resume her Bangerz tour, whose US concerts had been rescheduled.
Miley Cyrus has been released from the hospital after being treated for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics (photo Instagram)
The singer was hospitalized on April 15 before a scheduled performance in Kansas City, eventually forcing her to postpone her remaining US concerts.
Miley Cyrus maintained a positive attitude while at the hospital, posting constant Twitter updates and cracking jokes on Instagram.
“This hospitals full of a bunch of QUACKS (get it??? Quacks),” Miley Cyrus captioned a photo showing her wearing a duck-face oxygen mask.