This Harmful Chemical Was Just Banned In The US, But Is Still Available In Uganda

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As parents, we all want to do everything we can to ensure that our children stay healthy. Since it is common knowledge that germs can cause illness, the sale of antibacterial products to parents has been lucrative.

What most parents don’t know is that these products are not any better at preventing sickness than plain soap and water, and they can actually be harmful to you and your children.

There are three main problems with antibacterial products:

– First, the majority of them are made with Triclosan. This chemical can be found in antibacterial soaps, wipes, and even some toothpastes. Triclosan was recently banned in the US because of its negative health implications (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/02/antibacterial-soaps-banned-us-fda), but it can still be found in Ugandan products. Exposure to triclosan can cause hormonal imbalances and may damage developing fetuses. It is especially important for pregnant women to avoid this chemical.

– Secondly, it’s important for children to be exposed to some germs. This process of exposure builds their immune systems. If children are always only exposed to germ and bacterial free environment, their immune system does not have a chance to develop properly.

– Thirdly, antibacterial products may contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.
But aren’t antibacterial products necessary to kill germs and stay healthy?
No! Plain soap and water is proven to be just as effective in preventing illness. Hand washing before meals, after using the washroom, etc is crucial – but plain soap and water is just as effective and does not carry the health risks of triclosan based products.

To be sure you and your children are not explosed to triclosan, read the labels of any products you buy, avoid any products that are labeled antibacterial, and skip over any that have triclosan listed as an ingredient.

As parents, we all want to do everything we can to ensure that our children stay healthy. Since it is common knowledge that germs can cause illness, the sale of antibacterial products to parents has been lucrative.

What most parents don’t know is that these products are not any better at preventing sickness than plain soap and water, and they can actually be harmful to you and your children.

There are three main problems with antibacterial products:

– First, the majority of them are made with Triclosan. This chemical can be found in antibacterial soaps, wipes, and even some toothpastes. Triclosan was recently banned in the US because of its negative health implications (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/02/antibacterial-soaps-banned-us-fda), but it can still be found in Ugandan products. Exposure to triclosan can cause hormonal imbalances and may damage developing fetuses. It is especially important for pregnant women to avoid this chemical.

– Secondly, it’s important for children to be exposed to some germs. This process of exposure builds their immune systems. If children are always only exposed to germ and bacterial free environment, their immune system does not have a chance to develop properly.

– Thirdly, antibacterial products may contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.
But aren’t antibacterial products necessary to kill germs and stay healthy?
No! Plain soap and water is proven to be just as effective in preventing illness. Hand washing before meals, after using the washroom, etc is crucial – but plain soap and water is just as effective and does not carry the health risks of triclosan based products.

To be sure you and your children are not explosed to triclosan, read the labels of any products you buy, avoid any products that are labeled antibacterial, and skip over any that have triclosan listed as an ingredient.

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