Cancer Causing Chemicals in Johnson & Johnson Baby Products?

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Cancer Causing Chemicals in Johnson & Johnson Baby Products?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/01/johnson-johnson-baby-sham_n_1069123.html

Did you all see this last fall? Somehow I missed it. But, when a friend was visiting over New Year's she mentioned it to me.

Thoughts?

We have switched to Aveeno for Selah because she was getting really dry/irrated skin, so it's not an issue atm. But, just wondering if you all saw this and your reaction.

Here's another article... http://www.pharmalot.com/2011/11/jj-faces-a-boycott-over-baby-shampoo-chemicals/

I guess the Aveeno Creamy Wash contains one of the ingredients?

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Honestly, my initial reaction is ... meh. This is a gigantic company that has been producing this product for decades. They are trace amounts. I would love anyone to find a link between these trace amounts in baby shampoo to a baby who got sick due to it. I don't think its possible. I love my J&J products and will continue to use them.

You would be surprised how many hair products contain formaldehyde!

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Won't stop me from using their products... we aren't eating it. I use their stuff and Aveeno.

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I stopped using J&J and Aveeno (owned by J&J) b/c of it. DD1 now uses Cetaphil for her excema and DD2 uses Mustela.

My concern is that it does get in eyes and mouth. Plus, babies don't have a blood/brain barrier yet, so if they have a cut it can get in their blood and theoretically to their brain. If BPA isn't safe for bottles, formaldehyde is definitely not safe for bath soap IMO.

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I use the Johnston natural just because I like the smell so im extra happy i use it now! I know it's just trace amounts but it makes me feel better that they are not being exposed to too many harmful chemical. Question, I skimmed through the article but didn't see anything about older children shampoo and body wash, they would probably have it too right?

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I saw that awhile ago. We don't use their products anyway as Brandon has super sensitive skin. If I was using them I might have switched products. We use California Baby mostly and Cetaphil occasionally for CJ.

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We can't use their stuff anyways with Isaiah's excema but I did see it in the fall and went and switched the soap we use for our 2 year old because of it, not a big deal to switch for us, I don't have much brand loyalty Wink
Joni- do you find the cetaphil helps a lot with the excema, when Isaiah first started having problems I switched to aquaphor baby wash but he was finally officially diagnosed with excema yesterday, I picked up the cetaphil lotion they told me to and saw the soap but I wasn't sure if you could use it on babies...

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We switched products too, J&J wreaked havoc on Hailey's excema too. I am also interested in Cetaphil, has it worked well? Is there a specific kids formula to look for? We use Burts Bees with her right now, but I'm not loving it. Currently using Buriti Baby from the Body Shop on Audrey, it was given to us as a gift and does a number on H so I'm using it up on A.

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We use both the Cetaphil wash and lotion and it really helps. I prefer California Baby but when Brandon has a flare-up or CJ's skin needs it, the Cetaphil is great.

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I use Earth Mama Angel Baby shampoo and body wash.... very very very chemical free!

For everyone who uses California Baby - just know that they just changed their ingredients and it's not safe like it used to be.

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I have very mixed feelings on this. ideally, I don't want anything in our baby care products that is harmful. It irritates me that they do have a version made for other countries that does not contain those chemicals but they can't switch to that formulation.

Realistically, unless you also use all natural health & beauty, cleaning products, building materials and eat organic unprocessed food it does make a difference. And if you do most of that, I would seriously doubt you are using j&j products.

I'm not overly concerned. We use aveeno but in the NICU they used J&j products.

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The cetaphil bath soap is kind of difficult to use. It is more of a lotion so just has to be lathered on the skin with your hands rather than a washcloth. But the lack of sudsing chemicals is part of why it is so good for excema. When dd1 was diagnosed with food allergies last april (the cause of her eczema), she was covered in eczema from head to toe - about 80% of her body. Between taking out her allergens and using cetaphil and dermasmoothe (rx for eczema when it gets really bad), she was clear in a couple weeks. She has only recently started having it flair up, probably b/c it is winter.

Another thing that helps with eczema: bathe DAILY. Pat dry the skin (don't rub) and apply lotion within 5 minutes of bath time. It sounds counterintuitive, but it will help lock moisture in the skin.

Also, eczema is not just a skin problem. It is actually an immune system issue. Like with my dd1, it can be caused by allergies, so Mandi, I would use extreme caution with first foods.

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We were always told to bathe as little as possible to keep natural oils in the skin locked in.

http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/skin-care/eczema

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Sally, I'm confused by your post. Dr. Sears also says to bathe daily. Water w/o lotion dries out skin. But the lotion locks the water in, keeping the skin moisturized for longer.