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Baby Shampoo Fact or Myth?

Question Posted Friday July 18 2008, 10:36 pm

Ok, so my hair stylist told me I shouldn't use baby shampoo on my kids. She claims that tear-free soaps and shampoos contain Novocaine or something similar.

Now, I'm no fool. I go home, first thing I do is read the ingredients listed on the bottle of shampoo. Nowhere do I find Novocaine, or any other "caine" type of ingredient.

So I tried looking it up online. Someone asked it on Yahoo Answers and said it also contains formaldehyde.
What the...? Come on! Give me a break, already, ok?

I'm not very internet savvy, so that's the best I could come up with. So please don't tell me to Google.

I don't need to have this concern about the soap that goes into the eyes, noses, ears, and sometimes mouths of my children!

Please! Somebody give me a FACT.
Solid Fact.

Links to reliable sources GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Don't worry that you may do looking for nothing- I do rate accordingly.

Thanks for your help...

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DzeeAnn answered Friday February 6 2009, 1:00 am:
I don`t know anything about these ingredients your stylist was talking about. I have 5 grown children of my own and 5 grandchildren which I see on a regular basis.I have always used baby shampoo on my children and we are now using it on the grandchildren. None of them have ever become ill using this product.

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soberjoe answered Tuesday November 18 2008, 2:41 am:
I've been a salesman for most of my adult life, and I know quite a few tricks, as well as common sense approaches to problems. I'm quite sure that your hairstylist has EXACTLY the product needed to solve this so-called problem, which by the way, was not a problem until the stylist created it.
Ask yourself this very basic question- have the makers of baby shampoo stayed in business ALL these years by adding poisons, or anything harmful for that matter, to their products? The answer is a resounding NO!!!!!
It sounds like a certain stylist is trying to sell OVERPRICED products by using two very basic human emotions- FEAR and GUILT.Maybe instead of changing shampoo you need to change stylists.

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theymos answered Sunday July 20 2008, 11:28 pm:
Novocaine is a controlled substance. If any non-prescription product contained it, the product would be pulled off the marked faster than you can say "$1,000,000 fine".

Formaldehyde is extremely irritating. You would know if it was in your soap.

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person43 answered Saturday July 19 2008, 5:14 am:
although I do not have solid info on your question, i would like to add something. You cannot go wrong with Dr. Bronners hemp soap. I use the baby soap on my son and also the rose scented soap. There are no chemicals and I feel completely comfortable using it on him and it causes no irritation or dryness. It may sting a bit if it hits his eyes, but I am just extra careful.

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Kori15 answered Saturday July 19 2008, 1:37 am:
Hey, I researched your question and found a link that will tell you about something called "Phthalates" that are possibly present in some baby care products.

In the website you will learn what exactly phthalates are (chemical compounds used to soften plastics in household products, cars, & plastic bottles) and the research of its presence in not only the actual product, but also the package or bottle the product comes in. The website will also give you animal study results about phthalates.

On the second page, you can read about how to learn whether certain products have these chemicals, which is by going on to a brand's particular website to see if it contains any phthalates or closely related chemicals. For example, if you are wondering about Johnson's brand, simply go to a search engine, type in "Johnson's" etc. and it should give you the actual website, there you will be able to find the ingredients list in their products. The reason you may not have seen novocaine or phthalates on the bottle is because it is not by law required and is allowed to be listed under the general term "fragrance". You also mentioned that it may contain Novocaine or other things, and the brand's website will tell you if it does in fact include those things.
Here is the website and don't forget to go onto page 2.

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If this is not enough information please feel free to ask for more, I can always look up more information for you if you need it, this type of stuff is serious, especially when it comes to little babies.
With Love,

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Annerszz_101 answered Friday July 18 2008, 11:57 pm:
If there were Novocaine, I think one might notice a numbing of cuts or the skin or some such. An easy way to test this would be to rub a little onto your tongue. If it goes numb, then there's probably a numbing effect due to something in the product. Your tongue would be just as sensitive as eyes to a numbing agent and so would make a good bar for comparison. I have never noticed a numbing effect from this stuff, so I doubt that there's anything like that in there.

dient you are thinking of may be lidocaine or benzocaine, but yes, it does have a numbing effect.
Here is a link that addresses that issue.
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And most shampoos, body washes etc, contain sodium laurel sulfate which has been the subject of great debate as to the cancer causing and skin irritating properties it may possess.

That's really all I could find because there's so many different opinions on it.

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