For the past two years, health and environmental groups have been urging Johnson & Johnson to remove two potentially cancer-causing chemicals from its baby shampoo.
One of these ingredients is quaternium-15, which releases formaldehyde; a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant, and a known carcinogen (formaldehyde exposure has been associated with leukemia specifically).
The other, 1,4-dioxane, is a "likely carcinogen," and is present in Johnson & Johnson's:
•Oatmeal Baby Wash
•Moisture Care Baby Wash, and
•Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash
According to the CDC, 1,4 dioxane is "probably carcinogenic to humans," and is toxic to your brain, central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
Other hazardous ingredients found in many shampoos and personal care products include parabens, DEA, and propylene glycol.
Baby products that contain 2 bromo, 2 nitropropane, 3-DIOL, sodium borate, and oxybenzone should also be avoided.
To avoid toxic hazards, look for the USDA organic seal, and/or use the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep site to evaluate products before settling on a purchase