Kids’ and babies’ developing bodies are especially vulnerable to chemicals in the environment. Use EWG’s resources to learn how to avoid possible hazards in the products that kids encounter.
When Dr. Brandon E. Boor and his colleagues tested 20 new and used crib mattresses purchased in 2011 or earlier, they detected two classes of chemicals associated with endocrine disruption and harm to the reproductive system and development: flame retardants and phthalates.Read More
During the first few years of their lives, infants can spend most of their time sleeping or crawling in the crib. Choosing children’s products that are good for air quality in the baby’s room can be a difficult task.Read More
The Environmental Working Group is surveying U.S. makers of personal care products to ask if they are working to remove 1,4-dioxane, a likely human carcinogen, from their products. According to EWG’s Skin Deep® database, at least 8,000 products on the market contain ethoxylated ingredients, which may be contaminated with the chemical.
The Environmental Working Group commends Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for protecting Americans from exposure to a potentially toxic contaminant in personal care products.
A new report for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child contends that protection from toxic pollution should be considered a basic human right.
Back to school means books, studying and recess – to kids. For many parents, this time of year means packing lunches.
Is your family heading outdoors for sunny days at the beach, pool or park? When skin gets wet or sweaty, sunscreens may not work as well as you expect.
The good news: you’re putting sunscreen on yourself and your kids. The bad news: you might be doing it all wrong. Here are the seven most common mistakes people make when putting on sunscreen – and what you should do instead.
Applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Sunscreen should never be your child’s first line of defense against the sun, of course, and the reality is that some products fall short.
Almost three-fourths of the 750 sunscreens evaluated for EWG’s annual Guide to Sunscreens, released today, offer inferior protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, which may harm skin.Read More
Melanoma, characterized by mole-like cancerous growths, is on the rise in the U.S. The most serious form of skin cancer, it’s particularly rising among women and seniors. But what about kids?
Every parent knows that caring for a new baby requires lots and lots of cleaning. But can washing up the milk and spit-up introduce your baby to potentially harmful chemicals?
It’s the time of year for pretty Easter dresses, and for many kids, the frillier and shinier, the better. Parents, however, should beware of dresses packaged with metal jewelry.Read More
Three U.S. government agencies have teamed up to investigate the safety of widely used crumb rubber surfaces on playgrounds and playing fields. To date, safety studies of crumb rubber – tiny “crumbs” of old tires that stabilize and cushion artificial turf – have been limited and inconclusive. Now the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Consumer Product Safety Commission have agreed on a research action plan to begin filling the gaps in knowledge about how crumb rubber affects children and athletes who play on these surfaces.
Your child has developed a red, itchy, or sore rash. Your little one may have a case of contact dermatitis, an eczema-like skin condition caused by touching something that triggers an allergic reaction or irritates the skin. If the reaction is serious, talk to your doctor about a referral for allergy testing to determine the source. But for minor reactions, some easy sleuthing at home can help you figure out if a common allergen is to blame.