October 5, 2017; by Briana McDonald- Staff Writer, Silevr Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) As a mama of 2 (and one on the way) I am all too familiar with commercial diaper rash creams and Vaseline. What I didn’t know until recently was that these creams have harmful chemicals and can actually make a diaper rash worse. I’ve always been a Desitin fan and have relied on it for all my babies when they had rashes but from now on, I will opt for a homemade version instead (which I will share a recipe at the end) and I’ll explain which toxins are found in these and why you should avoid commercial diaper cream as well.
5 Toxins Found in Diaper Cream
- Boric Acid, Sodium Borate – Endocrine disrupting, reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, even banned in the EU
- Petrolatum – organ system toxicity, PAHS contamination (carninogen)
- Parabens – linked to breast cancer, endocrine disruption, immune system toxicity, allergies
- Frangrances – immune system toxicity, allergies, organ toxicity
- BHA – endocrine disruption, possible carcinogen, organ system toxicity, banned in other countries with a moderate to high health hazard rating and a moderate concern of cancer and bioaccumulation
Commercial companies that make these creams say that there is such a small amount of these toxins present that it does not do any harm yet I can’t help but disagree. I don’t think ANY amount of cancer causing ANYTHING is safe to put on any human, especially a newborn.
Cancer: We all know what cancer is. Why use an ingredient on a baby’s skin that has any sort of cancer concern whatsoever? Insanity.
Endocrine Disruption: These are chemicals that can cause disruptions in the hormone system. They can increase production in certain hormones while decreasing production in others, affect hormone signaling which can tell cells to die prematurely, change one hormone into another, compete with healthy nutrients, and cause cancerous tumors to develop.
Organ Toxicity: When toxins reach a point that they damage the body’s organs.
Bioaccumulation: When a toxic substance is absorbed at a higher rate than it is lost.
Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil refining process which means it is not sustainable or eco-friendly by any means and it explains some of the potential problems in using it. Since it is both waterproof and not water soluble, it creates a waterproof barrier on the skin which at first sounds good, but it also means it blocks pores and can lock in residue and bacteria which can make the rash worse.
So What The Heck Do I Use?
Here is a all natural Diaper Rash Cream Recipe to get your babies bum back to the healthy state it was once in!
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 vitamin e capsule
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- a few drops of Colloidal Silver
Blend together and store in an air tight container, keep it in your pantry or cupboard.
If you are a busy mama and don’t have time to make your own cream, there is a much safer option on the market called Avishi Organics.
Avashi Organics Intensive Baby Balm:
- Uses USDA certified organic ingredients
- Crafted with all-natural plant extracts and oils
- Rich formula that is extremely gentle, yet effective
- Contains no mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, petroleum, preservatives, fragrances, or colors
- Coconut Oil – great soother for dry and irritated skin.
- Neem Oil – prized in Ayurveda for helping skin afflictions.
- Castor Oil – reduces inflammation, soothes abrasions and itching.
- Plantain – soothes itchy skin and speeds healing.
Other Ingredients: Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, St. John’s Wort, Calendula, Lavender Oil, Vitamin E
With all of the information presented to you I hope you understand why you should avoid commercial diaper cream and opt for a homemade or organic option instead. Our babies deserve the very best!