Do you know what’s in your baby wipes? If not, it’s definitely worth pulling out a packet and scrutinising the ingredients list as many of the chemicals used to maintain wetness, prevent the growth of funky stuff and make pooey places smell pretty can have long-term health effects on our children.
How can there be toxic ingredients in baby wipes, you ask? It all boils down to the loopy regulatory systems in place for personal care products, which first of all say there are safe limits for damaging chemicals, and secondly do not test the vast majority of chemicals used in shampoos, soaps, bubble bath and so on unless they are shown to be toxic. Can you see the flaws in this great plan? Another little factoid that will set your teeth on edge is that those dangerous chemicals with “safe” limits (I’m looking at you, formaldehyde) have not been subjected to tests showing what happens with long-term exposure to very small amounts of the chemical, or a combination of chemicals. We humans are the test!