Butylparaben is a controversial but still widely used preservative. As strong evidence exists suggesting that this preservative is a human endocrine disruptor, people have opted to avoid it in droves with concerned parents leading the way.
I am on board having read details of the effects of butylparabens (and the closely related propylparabens) on the male reproductive system and the suspected link with parabens and breast cancer. Ever since I found all of this out, I read labels and shun anything containing any sort of parabens in my family’s products. Sunscreen, shampoo, baby wipes, body wash and even bubble bath containing parabens that inadvertently made it into my home, were tossed out long ago.
So I was quite gobsmacked really to find that there was one place butylparabens were hiding out in my home…in my medicine cabinet.
After watching a segment of the Morning Show recently, which alerted parents as to where to check for toxins hiding out in their homes, I checked my kids Children’s Tylenol Fever and Pain meds. I was shocked to find the dastardly preservative had indeed eluded me!
How ironic is it that a medicine supposed to help kids get healthier and to feel better also contains something considered such a health-related issue that it has already been banned for use in young kids products in Denmark? Sadly no regulatory body has followed suit on this side of the pond so many wee North American kids are being fed a dose of potentially endocrine-disrupting preservatives every time they have a fever, a cold or teething pain.
I researched and found that there are a few big brand children’s cough/cold/fever/pain meds out there that DO NOT contain parabens. Much better choices if you too, wish to avoid controversial preservatives are Children’s Advil and Children’s Motrin as neither contains ANY sort of parabens.
Kudos to the manufacturers who figure out that parents prefer the less controversial variety of preservatives in their kids products. Even a link to ill health is not something most parents are good with when it comes to their tots. Needless to say, I know which way my dollar will be spent next time I shop for pain meds for my kids.
Please feel free to let me know if you knew this information already or if like me, you were surprised and will be making a change.