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How Natural Nappies Can Prevent Risk of Skin Irritations and Allergic Reactions

November 08, 2018 2 min read

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Skin is the largest human organ and it only takes 26 seconds to absorb a chemical. So, it makes sense that we all need to take extra care of our skin to avoid damage, and this is especially true for the delicate sensitive sheath covering our precious babies.

Parents do their best to avoid harsh chemicals that are bad for our little ones. But what does “bad” really mean?

The outer skin layer, otherwise known as the epidermis, provides the following benefits:

  • Waterproof barrier
  • Creates skin tone
  • Protects from microbes
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Protective connective tissue (Dermis)
  • Contains sweat glands & hair follicles

Brand New Skin & Sensitivity

Some adult skin is hypersensitive to irritating additives and ingredients found in an array of products, which can result in itching, hives, swelling, burning, blistering, and various other types of allergic reactions. A baby’s skin is far more fragile and susceptible. In fact, newborn skin is 40 to 60% thinner than adult skin. Research shows that 60 to 70% of what goes on a baby’s skin gets absorbed into his or her bloodstream.

Chemicals In Non-Natural Nappies

Extensive research, and perhaps an advanced medical degree, is necessary to understand just how many harmful chemicals can be found in non-natural nappies. Some well-known brands use diaper padding, for example, which turns liquid into gel-like crystals that can cause skin irritation or worse. But the biggest issue is how some of these nappies are made and what’s in them.

Known chemicals in commercial diapers:

  • Optical brighteners
  • Chlorine
  • Dyes
  • Fragrance
  • Triclosan
  • Sulphate
  • Silicone
  • GMO Cotton
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Glyphosates
  • Latex

Reactions to Chemicals in Nappies

When urine combines with chemicals found in some non-natural brands, the side effects can be severe. Aside from nappy rash, non-hypoallergenic nappies can even cause chemical burns. For example, as a result of using generic and inexpensive diapers on their seven-week-old daughter, parents had to rush her to a hospital in Bristol, England after she experiencedsevere chemical burns. Then there is the case of a couple in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland Canada, who purchased a well-known nappy brand only to have their 2 year-old daughter admitted into the hospital to treat open skin wounds caused by chemicals. The child remained in the hospital for 3 days for treatment and the box of diapers that was shipped back to the manufacturer reportedly smelled of bleach.

We pride ourselves in using pure, gentle, safe and natural ingredients with no harmful chemicals. With Happy Little Camper there is no guessing or worrying. Our nappies and wipes contain no chlorine bleach, optical brighteners, parabens, dyes, lotions, or GMOs. Made to fit snug for leak-protection, each ultra-absorbent hypoallergenic nappy is made with a natural cotton blend topsheet infused with soothing Aloe Vera, plus Vitamin E. All of our baby hygiene products contain natural ingredients because we care about what touches your baby’s most sensitive areas.

You and your baby can rest-assured that our natural, safe and no-nonsense Happy Little Camper products are as safe for the environment as they are for your baby.


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