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What are parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used in products to prevent bacteria growth. It acts as a preservative in various products like deodorants, pharmaceuticals, food and toiletry products including some baby products. Parabens are cost-effective and provide protection against micro-organisms growth for a substantial period of time. There are different types of parabens such as methyl, propyl and butylparaben are the most frequently used in beauty care products. In recent years, many studies and researchers has expressed their concern regarding potentially serious health side effects with the usage of parabens.

Parabens in Baby Products

Parabens are most commonly used preservative in baby toiletries because they are cheap and highly effective preservative. Parabens don't just have side effects but their use may cause serious health issues.

Parabens interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system and absorbed into the bloodstream and affect many of our body's natural functions. Infant & young children are more prone to get affected with the usage of parabens and Exposure of parabens from a young age can result in developmental disorders such as learning problems as well as reproductive disorders.

What can I do to protect my baby from parabens?

No doubt parabens are harmful for babies, so it is advised to go for parabens free baby products. Many leading manufacturers of baby products use natural preservatives, so that products may be used and you may check labels for these commonly used parabens in baby products:

  • ethylparaben
  • propylparaben
  • butylparaben
  • methylparaben

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