Lavender - dangerous for babies?

Jane - posted on 05/08/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter-in-law was told in her childbirth class not to use baby bath products (shampoo, bubble bath, body wash, lotion, etc.) with lavender because it can cause premature puberty in girls. I've never heard of this, and some of the best, most reputable baby care companies have what seem to be top quality products containing lavender, known for its soothing, calming effects. Has anyone else ever heard of this danger and is there any truth to it?

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Janelle - posted on 05/09/2011

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I would be more worried about hormones in meat and milk than I would be about lavender causing problems.

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2011

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I used johnsons baby bath time shampoo on my little girl it has lavender in it. it is ment to help them sleep but her skin got irritated and she ended up with exma have mever used the product again.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/15/2011

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I have never heard of this. Consult a doctor before believeing rumors.

Brittany - posted on 05/09/2011

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I would like to start off by saying, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I am currently a pre-med student but, in no way shape or form a licensed professional. That being said.....

Lavender is a very powerful allergen. Avoid ingesting lavender during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In vitro it is cytotoxic and increases photo-sensitivity. Lavender oil is cytotoxic to human skin cells in vitro (endothelial cells and fibroblasts) at a concentration of 0.25%. Linalool, a component of lavender oil, may be its active component.[11] Aqueous extracts reduced mitotic index, but induced chromosomal aberrations and mitotic aberrations in comparison with control, significantly. Aqueous extracts induced breaks, stickiness, pole deviations and micronuclei. These effects were related to extract concentrations.

Hope this helps. Always always consult your doctor, especially if she is pregnant. Follow what the doctor says.

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Geraldine - posted on 04/23/2012

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I WOULD BE AFRAID OF ALL THE EXTRANEOUS CHEMICALS IN THE PRODUCTS, BUT I HAVE STUDIED LAVENDER OIL AND ITS USE IN INFANTS. CHECK OUT INSTITUTE OF PEDIATRICS, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. LAVENDER BATHS HAVE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON INFANTS. DO YOUR RESEARCH AT GOOGLE SCHOLAR OF RESEARCH GATE. SLEEP WELL, LIVE LONGER!
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Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2011

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I don't know about causing premature puberty but it can sometimes cause bladder or urinary tract infections.

Pamela - posted on 05/10/2011

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I have no idea who is teaching this class, but they have not done their research properly. There is no way that using lavender oil or it's products can cause premature puberty in any sex.

Obviously this "teacher" (?) needs to be taught the truth!

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The OP was not talking about lavender scents necessarily, but rather lavender in products put on baby's skin. Personally, I'd be more wary of all the other ingredients in baby washes, lotions, etc than the lavender. So many chemicals put into those things!

All things in moderation, and I'd rather err on the side of caution when it comes to babies. Which is why I was fine with not using any products on my babies when they were little.

Jana - posted on 05/10/2011

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My understanding is that lavender essential oil is not recommended because it's so concentrated, but that there isn't enough lavender in the shampoos, body wash, etc., to cause a problem.

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Wow, talk about a correlative study gone wild... there are LOADS of unregulated hormone altering ingredients in nearly ALL beauty products. Just because the patients with symptoms used the same sent means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to me. MUCH more research is needed before I would be concerned. I would be MUCH more concerned with simply using natural, short ingredients list products than I would be using any particular sent. Try California Baby, Burt's Bees, or make your own.

Maria - posted on 05/10/2011

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I cannot believe this. I always put a hanky with a few drops of lavender at the end of my girls cot to aid sleep and they are 6&9 and very healthy with no sign of puberty.

Zoe - posted on 05/10/2011

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I hung dried lavender in DD's bedroom when she was a baby and let her eat it out of the garden, shes as strong as an ox.

Tracey - posted on 05/09/2011

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iv never herd of it, i used to work for a company that sold aromatherapy and all our products were registered with the theraputic good association so there would have been something there, however its recomended that essential oils not be used in pregnancy or on babies under six months because some can be dangerous ie some have an affect on the menstral cycle so could theoreticly cause a possaple miscarrage and young babys skin is so delicate some oils can burn it thats why there is a blanket warning not to use them at all. lavender is one of the mildest oils there is so it is particularly safe, that being said i only used warm water for baths in the first couple of months -babies dont get that dirty- and only basic mild washes utill about the time she started eating solids and crawling

Marge - posted on 05/09/2011

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I never heard of that!!!! Contact the companies and ask them. Also, your d-i-l could ask where that info came from and check with her doctor..

Samantha - posted on 05/09/2011

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there are many things now that are recomended to avoid so that your children dont end up with serious allergies when they get older lavender is one but if your baby has no specific reactions soy milk and soy products can also have the efect that you have been told about too

Jenn - posted on 05/09/2011

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Research is finding an increasing number of products that can bring on premature puberty in girls. Everything from shampoos to laundry detergents. And there's always too much of a good thing, even with what we think is natural. The lavender used in products is still overly processed. Besides, I think it is easy to override a baby's senses with all the yummy goodness smells we lavish on them!

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I heard it was using lavender while pregnant.lol..that can cause problems for the baby.I used a wash for my daughter when she was a few mths old with lavender in it, she was fine.

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Maybe it would depend on how much lavender was being used. I've not heard of that myself, but find it interesting and wouldn't dismiss it as false without some investigating. Having said that, there are heaps of products on the market (many from eco and organic companies) with lavender in them.

Perhaps to be on the safe side, limit the use of lavender products. As it is, you don't have to use shampoo on an infant at all, nor bubble bath, body wash or lotion. As a newborn, my nurse midwives (including the one who taught the childbirth class) advocated bathing a baby in a bath of warm water and a couple drops of baby oil. That's it. They also don't need to be bathed very often, but as long as you're using baby oil it will keep their skin protected from drying out. Then I switched to an in-bath baby wash (approx. 5 ml put into the bath water) at age 6 months and didn't start using shampoo until my eldest son turned 3 (and that's only once a week). My boys (4 & 2) still use the in-bath baby wash when they are dirty, otherwise it's just plain water and they have a bath about every other day. The only product I have that contains lavender is one of my in-bath washes, but I only use it when one of the boys needs help winding down.

Constance - posted on 05/08/2011

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As far as I know it is not true or dangerous for babies or children. I have used it on all my children and my oldest didn't start going through purbety until she was 13. Their doctors have always recommended using it.

Firebird - posted on 05/08/2011

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I just looked it up and apparently there have been legitimate studies done on this, apparently it can cause breast tissue growth in boys as well.

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