Monday, 12 November 2012


Our babies are our most treasured gifts.  It is our job to protect them.  I wonder, if this is the case, why Vaseline is one of the most prevalent products in our homes.  Not to mention one of the most referred products for our diapered babies bottoms.  Though it is a good barrier for wetness, wouldn't the risks outweigh the benefits ?  I think that there are a few products out there that are suitable alternatives.  I have left links for Amazon on the bottom of the page.  Other alternatives may also be found in your local health food store.



Petrolatum: is also known as petroleum jelly. It is used to act as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It is also used to protect the skin from wetness when used on a baby's bottom. Unfortunately it can also be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) PAHs are considered to be carcinogenic. In fact,women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer. The European Union has classified petrolatum as such and has restricted its use in cosmetics. It is also classified as a skin irritant and an allergen. For adult usage, it should never be used as a lubricant for it is known to weaken latex condoms causing the possibility for tearing. It should never be used on the inside of the nose for risk of lipid pneumonia, this is a specific  form of inflammation when lipids enter the bronchial tree. 



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