Baby's First Bath Doesn't Have to be Toxic
by Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST of Babies 411
Did you hear all the buzz last week about toxins in trusted baby products? If not, take a look at look at this report: Baby's Tub is Still Toxic. You can only imagine the influx of outrage, questions and concern that this report sparked. It even made Johnson & Johnson re-evaluate their process (take a look Toxic Baby Shampoo: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Global Reformulation Under Pressure from Health Groups).
As a neonatal ICU nurse, lactation consultant, Clinical Nurse Educator and member of the Healthcare Without Harm's Nurses Work Group, toxins in baby products have been a huge concern for me. For the past couple of years, I have been on a mission to educate parents and healthcare providers about toxins and how to reduce our everyday exposure. In light of the recent news, concerned parents and healthcare professionals have been asking how they can facilitate change in their local hospitals and are asking what products are safe to use. In response to these questions, I wrote an informative blog to help answer these questions, Healthy Maternity: Reducing Toxins Within Our Hospitals.
If you are a parent, there are links to resources to better educate yourself about everyday toxins, how to reduce you and your family's exposure, how to find safer products and how to begin the conversation with your local healthcare community.
If you are a concerned healthcare professional, there are links to evidence-based medical journals, links to helpful resources where you can get involved to advocate for change and FREE CEUs where you can learn more about this topic.
Let's take the steps necessary to start making our maternity units healthier and protect our most vulnerable population, fetuses, infants and children.