Attention Parents! Did You know That Johnson & Johnson May Be Poisoning Your Child?


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Attention Parents! Did You know That Johnson & Johnson May Be Poisoning Your Child?

When it comes to the health and safety of a baby, most parents will do anything they can to protect that. It’s common to use special products specially made for babies. However, some of these products may not be as safe as they claim to be. Johnson and Johnson, perhaps the most recognizable baby product makers, has been on the hot seat in the last few years for some of the chemicals in their product and is slow to phasing them out of products in America.

Most people have no idea what chemical names mean or what the ingredients listed in many products actually do. It’s normal to trust what the companies says about the ingredients and trust when they assure their products are safe. It wouldn’t be on the market if it was unsafe, right? Wrong. In the past few decades, many chemicals that are put into everyday household items have been found to be dangerous, toxic, and even cancer causing. Most recently, Johnson and Johnson has been a target for much scrutiny after it came to light that they regularly use poisonous chemicals in some of the products that are made especially for babies, specifically their baby shampoo.

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Two of the chemicals that are of greatest concern are formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. An organization called Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found both of these ingredients in Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo. 1,4-dioxane can also be found in their Oatmeal Baby Wash, Moisture Baby Care Wash, and also in Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash. Aveeno is owned by Johnson and Johnson.

Formaldehyde has long been known to cause adverse side effects, and within the last few years, it has officially been identified as a carcinogen. Formaldehyde can be found in a lot of things, including household cleaners and other things that might not be a surprise, such as cigarette smoke. However, it seems strange that this would be added to something meant for the sensitive skin of a baby.

1,4-dioxane is also a carcinogen; it is a byproduct of a processing method for ingredients called ethoxylation. 1,4-dioxane can be removed easily from products, but for some reason, it’s not, indicating a lack of effort on the part of manufacturers. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has found 1,4-dioxane in a huge amount of products on the market, and in some cases in levels much higher than allowed by the FDA. This same agency recommends limiting children’s exposure to this carcinogenic impurity.

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Which brings about the questions. If these things are so dangerous, why are they in products that are marketed exclusively to the most vulnerable age group of people? Johnson and Johnson has vowed to decrease and eventually phase out these ingredients, claiming it to be a long and complicated process. However, they already offer these products in many other countries, without these ingredients. They also have products which they label as natural, and yet don’t list ingredients. These products are also priced much higher than the regular baby shampoo, which adds a little suspicion to motive. They seem to have formulas readily available, minus the carcinogen, yet they are dragging their feet to get

In the meantime, it’s best to just avoid these products or ingredients. These ingredients are never listed in these forms, of course, which is probably why it was never a problem until recently. But there are other names to look for and avoid.

To avoid formaldehyde, stay away from:

DMDM hydantoin
Imidazolidinyl urea
Diazolidinyl urea

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To avoid 1,4-dioxane, stay away from:

PEG-100 stearate
Sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium myreth sulfate

If you have any of these Johnson and Johnson products, or products with any of these ingredients, you may want to get rid of them. It’s hard enough having a new baby, without having to worry if you are doing harm when you are simply trying to wash their hair.


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