Why Kids Should Only Be Using Natural Nail Polish? The Damaging Effects of Nail Polish

Why Kids Should Only Be Using Natural Nail Polish? The Damaging Effects of Nail Polish

Why Kids Should Only Be Using Natural Nail Polish? The Damaging Effects of Nail Polish

There has been a lot of talk about what is in children’s makeup products, especially because many of these products are made in China with low quality and cheap ingredients. In the recent past, there have been dangerous chemicals found in children’s makeup products. However, it is not just makeup that we should be worried about.

Many nail polishes are made with the same ingredients as car paint, which are not so good for adults, but are even more of a danger for children. Just think about how many times a day that your child puts their hands near their face or in their mouths. Nail biting means they are ingesting all the chemicals that are in the nail polish.
There are chemicals that are damaging to our health. Many of these chemicals have been removed from many popular nail polish brands, but they are not banned from being used in nail polish. Here are the chemicals that should not be in your children’s nail polish.

Dibutyl Phthalate or DPB
This is used to minimize chipping. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors and mimic estrogen in the body. They have been proven to impair the hormonal development of fetuses, to cause damage to the organs and could cause the early onset of menopause.
Toluene
Toluene is used to help create a smooth finish and application. It has a pungent sweet smell and is found in most nail polish removers. Toluene fumes are highly toxic. Studies have found that toluene exposure can decrease brain function, neurological, nausea, impaired breathing and even hearing loss.
Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is used to strengthen and harden nail polish. It is also used as a preservative against bacteria. Most times, large or long exposure to formaldehyde in the air or on the skin may lead to cancer in the blood, nose or throat. Nail salon workers and their children are at the highest risk for the chronic health problems due to formaldehyde exposure. Formaldehyde exposure can cause nausea, convulsions, miscarriages, and asthma.
Formaldehyde Resin
This is a by-product of formaldehyde and is often found in nail polishes that contain formaldehyde. There has not been a lot of research into the side effects of formaldehyde resin. Preliminary studies found that formaldehyde resin can cause loss of nerve sensation, skin depigmentation, allergic reactions and skin irritation.
Camphor
Camphor is used to make a glossy or shiny appearance when the nail polish is dry. This is one of the least toxic ingredients on this list and is used in some cold remedies, including nasal sprays and vapor rubs. It can cause severe allergic reactions and skin irritations when it is applied to the skin. The fumes from camphor can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea.
Xylene
Xylene is a solvent that stops nail polish from getting gloopy. It is a known allergen and it is a possible carcinogen.
Ethyl Tosylamide
This is a plasticizer that helps transforms the nail polish from drippy to dry within a few minutes. This chemical has been banned from being used in personal care products in Europe. It is still allowed to be used in personal care product in the US. The European ban is due to Ethyl Tosylamide’s antibiotic properties because there are concerns over it causing an antibiotic resistance.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole
This is a potent toxin that is present in gel manicure products. While it is considered safe in small amounts, it can cause brittle nails and dry skin. Gel nails also need acetone to remove the product from the nail, which will weaken the nails.
Acetone
Acetone is present both in nail polishes and nail polish removers. It is also used to remove glue and is also a paint stripping. It is super drying on the nail and the skin, so it can cause splitting, peeling and breaking of the nail. The fumes are dangerous and can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness confusion and irritation of the throat and nasal passages. It can also cause unconsciousness and damage to the eyes. Long-term exposure to acetone can lead to chronic irritation of the respiratory passages, irritability, mood swings and weakness.

Nail Polish Removers are Just as Bad
Nail polish removers are handy to take off nail polishes, but they are also full of chemicals. Most nail polish removers are made from acetone. They can also contain toluene, phthalates, fragrances, and methyl ethyl ketone.
There are nail polish removers that are made without these harsh chemicals. Water-based nail polishes can be removed with just hot water and by scraping the polish off.

UV Lamps Are Not Safe
UV lamps or ultraviolet lamps are used to dry gel nail polishes. There are many home models. UV lamps deliver the same hazardous rays as tanning beds, but it takes many manicures to cause damage. It is possible for UV lamps to cause skin burns. Exposure to the UV lights can also increase the risk of skin cancer.

Effects on the Environment
There are some nail polish ingredients that are naturally occurring, but this does not mean that they do not have their own set of health hazards. Mica is a mineral that is used to add color, shimmer and sparkle to nail polishes. However, the production of mica relies heavily on the labor of women and children who mine in dangerous conditions. Mining mica increases the risk of bronchitis and asthma. There is also the risk of the ground collapsing during the mining of mica.
Nail polishes cannot be thrown out with regular garbage because of all the chemicals that are in them. Most cities have nail polish listed as a hazardous waste product, right next to house paints, car batteries and insecticides. Simply thinking about the fact that nail polish has to be treated like motor oil and battery acid makes it worrying about what we have been exposing both ourselves and our children to. Even empty bottles of nail polishes cannot be recycled, because of what they are made of and the chemicals in the nail polishes.

What Nail Polishes are Safe?
Many children still love and want to paint their nails. Luckily, there are natural nail polish options for children. There are no 100% natural nail polishes that are synthetic chemicals. Even water based nail polish contains synthetic chemicals to make them stick to and last on the nail. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database makes it easy to find safe nail polishes. Some nail polish brands who offer safer nail polishes are:

Scotch Naturals
Spa Ritual
Acquarella
Piggy Paint Polish
Honeybee Garden
Suncoat
Safe Nail Polish
100% Pure
Pacifica
Trust Fund Beauty

Labels can also help you find nail polishes that are safer for you and your children. There are many brands that are 3-free, which are free from Dibutyl Phthalate or DPB, toluene, and formaldehyde. There are also 5- free, 7-free and 10-free nail polishes available.

Most of the time, nail polish and other beauty products can contain a huge amount of harsh chemicals. However, there are many natural and less dangerous options to pick from. It is always recommended that you do your own research into the nail polish brands before buying the nail polish. Many times, health food stores have great options to pick from. Making the change to better options has never been easier and reduces the risk of health concerns for children.

 

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Teaching Your Children About The Dangers Of Drugs (video)

Teaching Your Children About The Dangers Of Drugs (video)

Teaching Your Children About The Dangers Of Drugs

This is a video a friend showed me yesterday. This is about a family in our area whose son overdosed on drugs. This happened several years ago. Noah came from a good family, went to a good school and was involved in sports. He had parents that loved him and did anything for him. This is a video his father made that is heartbreaking but it’s something that parents should show their kids. I know I am going to show my 13 year old.  This video is something that most will always remember.


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    child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

    child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

    When you have a little one on the way, one of the main tasks ahead of you is properly baby-proofing the home. In order to get this right, you need to ensure that you start the process as early as possible. It is only by starting early that you can ensure that your home is safe and ready for your new arrival. No matter how diligent you might be, there is always the risk that you will miss one or two things. Even experienced parents suffer this fate sometimes. To that end, we have put together this short post on some of the major things you need to consider during this process. Make sure you have done these before it is time for your baby to arrive.

    child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

    child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

     

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    Stairs

    This is easily one of the most important parts of all, and for obvious reasons. It is clear why it might be that the stairs need baby-proofing. The last thing you want is a toddler climbing the stairs, after all. Fortunately, the solution to the stair problem is very simple. All you need is a stairgate which you can affix to the top and bottom of the stairs. These are easy to get hold of, and these days are relatively cheap. With this, you probably don’t need to worry until your baby is a little older. But it is still worth thinking about as early as possible. The last thing you want is to leave it to the last moment, or too late.

    Crib

    It goes without saying that the crib is hugely important in baby-proofing the home. The truth is, most parents find that they spend a good deal of time on this decision – and that’s just as well. In choosing the right crib, you need to think about more than just basic safety. A good crib should also be able to provide a healthier and more comfortable experience for your child. This means finding a mattress with no toxins which is completely natural. This might be harder to source than you think, but there are options. Find Naturepedic Mattress reviews suitable for baby cribs at this link, for somewhere to start looking. As long as you are providing your baby with a decent crib, you can be sure that their comfort is being taken good care of – and their safety.

    child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

    child safety : Have You Baby-Proofed Your Home Enough?

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    In The Kitchen

    One of the biggest problem areas for any parent is the kitchen. With a little thought, this is easy to see why. After all, the kitchen is often the place where you keep many potentially dangerous chemicals. Part of the basic housekeeping necessary for the kitchen is ensuring that no lower cupboards can be easily opened by a child. That way, you can ensure that your child will not get their hands on anything particularly dangerous. Moreover, you should make an effort to keep the kitchen area generally as clean as possible. It is easy for germs to spread in this area, and you want to minimize the risk of illness as much as possible.

     

    This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com

    First Aid For Babies

    First Aid For Babies

    Despite being tiny, babies can get themselves into big trouble. Yet many of us aren’t confident in our ability to help our children when they are injured or hurt.

    The statistics to support this are frankly staggering, and a little bit frightening. With over 500,000 children per year needing to go into casualty, only 10% of parents are confident in their first aid skills. Feel free to share this or print it up.

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    Product Review: Lock Med Home Medications Lock Box

    Product Review: Lock Med Home Medications Lock Box

    I was recently sent a home medication lock box from Lock Med to keep in my house to hold any medication. The box is a sturdy metal box with a combination and a key. It would be nearly impossible for a child to get into it without the key or combination. It’s perfect to travel with also.

    The large box is a secure commercial size container to store medications.
    Security Level: Class 1-2
    Size Approximately 12” (L) x 9” (W) x 6.5” (H)
    Double Combination Lock offers ability to set two different lock combinations.
    Can hold approximately up to 36 prescription bottles.

    These boxes are perfect to give to grandparents for their medication so you also have peace of mind when your children are visiting. I know leaving pills around is a big issue with grandparents. I used to have to check around the house for medication laying around for the kids to get to before I left. It’s a huge anxiety because even if you know that you don’t leave anything laying around you don’t know about your parents or anyone else that is watching them. That is why this is a great thing to give to grandparents or anyone else that watches your children.
    There are several sizes and styles to choose from and the prices are very reasonable.
    Check out lockmed.com.The lock boxes are a good gift.

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