You've gone through pregnancy, labor & delivery and now you are ready to go home with your baby. Once home, you might feel like you have no idea what you're doing & you may be wondering what products are safe to use! Whether you're expecting or you know someone who is, read below as we dive into baby products.
- Most baby shampoos are not considered dangerous if swallowed. Some shampoos may contain perfume or scents that can be irritating to your baby's skin, particularly if they have skin sensitivities.
- When you see shampoo advertised as "tear-free," it usually refers to the absence of chemicals in the product that can irritate your baby's eyes.
- Most baby lotions are not considered dangerous. If any is swallowed, it can cause an upset stomach & loose stools. Baby lotion with fragrances can cause skin irritation for babies with sensitive skin.
- Baby powders are often used to prevent diaper rash. Many baby powders contain cornstarch, talc, arrowroot, or other powders.
- If baby powder is tipped over while your child is laying on their back, it may be inhaled causing your baby to cough from the powder in their lungs. This is called aspiration and can cause a lung infection.
- Baby oil is usually made of mineral oil and can contain fragrances.
If swallowed, oil may cause severe diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration.
- Call right away if you are concerned your baby may have swallowed baby oil.
- Water is the main ingredient in baby wipes. They also contain mild detergents, like those found in baby shampoos.
- A lick or a taste is not dangerous, but may cause an upset stomach if your child ingest a large amount of the liquid.
- Wipes that contain alcohol might be more dangerous if a child has more than a lick or taste.
Diaper Rash Cream:
- Most diaper rash products contain zinc oxide while some contain lanolin and other moisturizers.
- Diaper rash ointment is not considered dangerous. A lick or taste will usually not produce any symptoms, but if a larger amount is swallowed, it can cause nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
- The liquid typically consists of either salt water or glycerin and water. The vast majority of these teething ring exposures do not pose a poison danger.
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