When I became a mother I was shocked at all of the crazy things I had to make tough decisions about: the Vitamin K shot, eye ointment, shot schedule and more. I thought that choosing a bath soap would be the easy part – going with a trusted name like Aveeno or Johnson & Johnson, seemed logical.
As I became more involved in y parenting research, I learned about things like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These chemicals are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes yet it is also often contaminated with dioxane, a known carcinogen. Who wants to take that chance and put that on their new baby? I had to exchange tons of stuff I received as baby gifts for a more expensive all natural brand that did not have those things.
Well, this week another shocking revelation came to light – chemicals in some of those commonly used baby soaps such as, Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, are also causing babies to test positive for THC. Chemicals, including polyquarternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine can cause the false positive test.
It is suspected that trace amounts of the chemicals wash off the babies’ bodies, and into the samples. Crazy right? If they can make soaps, and the definitely can, without these chemicals that are so controversial, then why not? As a parent it upsets me that these chemicals are found in our children’s products. We trust that products made for kids and babies are safe and reliable, but studies like these are extremely concerning.
What do you think about the baby soaps leading to positive THC tests?