Baby care

Baby care

Science behind products

Advice

What's in my cosmetics

Hot topics

Baffled by technical terms and jargon?
Use this section to understand what it all means.
Select a topic alphabetically:
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
or Search for the topic
HomeBaby care

Below this section of thefactsabout you will find information on guidance for the safe use of toiletries for babies, toddlers and mums-to-be.


Expectant and new mums

Nearly nine out of ten parents are concerned that the ingredients in their everyday products could impact their children's health. This section will offer information about the use and safety of cosmetics and personal care products during and after pregnancy:

Mums-to-be: This section will answer questions on why it is allowed to use cosmetics while pregnant as well as what to do if you have a reaction.

New mums: You will learn in this section that it is safe to use cosmetic products while breastfeeding.

Babies and toddlers

Having a baby opens up a world of questions for new parents, so we have provided answers and advice for common questions regarding using personal care products on your child:

Using cosmetics and toiletries on babies and toddlers: It is safe to use products specially designed for babies and infants such as baby wipes, baby shampoo, talcum powder and nappy cream.

Baby's skin is a barrier: Here we explain how differences between baby and adult skin are taken into account to ensure the safety of personal care products for use on babies and infants up to three years of age.

Sun safety for babies and toddlers: Learn about the reccomendations for babies under six months of age and top tips for keeping babies and toddlers over this age safe in the sun.

Baby lotion: Baby lotions are designed to cleanse, moisturise and protect your baby's skin and can be used as an alternative to baby wipes.

Oral care for babies and toddlers: Babies and toddlers require special toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm, this section will explain the reason for this and other tips for childrens oral care.

Talcum powder: Some reports claim that talcum powder is unsafe to use, there is no scientific evidence to support this.

Children (3 and over)

We know that parenting opens up a world of questions, so we have provided advice and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the use of personal care products on your child:

Using cosmetics and toiletries on children: While it is true that children's skin can be more sensitive in its early years, it is safe to use products specially designed for children.

Oral care for children: This section explains the science behind specialised childrens toothpastes.

Sun safety for children: This section explains the safety of sunscreens and offers top tips for keeping children safe in the sun.


Is it safe to use toiletries on babies and young children?

As all parents know, children need special care. The younger they are, the more they need looking after - and the same goes for their skin, which can be more sensitive in its early years.

It's safe to use those products which are intended to be used on babies and infants. Such products are specially formulated. For example, they use milder cleansers, low levels of fragrance and carefully control the pH to ensure compatibility with baby skin.

All cosmetic products must pass a legally-required safety assessment. In addition, a more detailed assessment is required for any cosmetic product which is intended to be used on children under three years old. Parents can feel reassured that the products they use on their baby's skin and hair are safe.