Are Parabens are Dangerous to Children?

Vakis By Vakis, 24th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Many arguments are going on in the circles about the ill effects of parabens and the need to avoid them in cosmetics, especially in those which are meant for children. However, the most unfortunate thing is that majority of the public are unaware about what parabens are and how they affect the health of children.

About Parabens

Parabens are certain types of chemicals that occur naturally in some food articles such as Blueberries. These chemicals are generally used as preservatives in cosmetics to increase the shelf life of the product. They stop moulds and bacteria to grow and spoil the product. Different parabens deals with different organisms and hence a combination of different parabens is being used as preservatives. They are very effective and at the same time cheap also. That is why parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetic products, especially those meant for children.
Worries about Parabens

Certain types of parabens, especially propylparaben and butylparaben are found to be affecting the male reproduction system badly. They found to mimic female hormone and thus affects the male reproductive system. Although this has been established through many studies conducted in animals, its effects on human reproductive system has not been confirmed so far. In real, no studies have been conducted in this regard so far. However, some parabens are under safety assessment now which clearly indicates that the ill-effects are doubted.

Measures to be taken to ensure safety of children

Most of the cosmetic manufacturers are using paraben as preservative because they are cheap. By using parabens they can control their price to a greater extent which is necessary in today’s highly competitive market. However, there are many other preservatives which are equally effective as parabens but do not have the side effects as parabens are having. These may be a bit costly, still come cosmetic manufacturers with social commitment use these preservatives in their products.
Such manufacturers will be printed “Paraben-free” on the label. Such products are comparatively safer for children. If you found any baby cosmetics that are natural cosmetics and paraben free, you can decide on them without any doubt. It will not affect your child adversely. Even experts are saying a strong ‘NO’ to chemical cosmetics to babies as it will affect their soft skin in the long run. Children are the gift of god and it is our duty to bring them up safely and healthy. We should not compromise of the quality of cosmetics meant for them for the sake of a few bucks.


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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Thought provoking.One must take heed.Awareness is important.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Jan 2014 (#)

great information..parabens are dangerous to Everyone...

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