Bubble Baths

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Hi everyone :)
Last night I got an email from babycenter.com that said it isn't safe to give babies bubble baths until they are at least 3 years old. The reason was because the risk of UTI's is higher if the soap doesn't get rinsed off of the privates completely. I've never even heard of this! Has anyone else? The article didn't say anything about Johnson & Johnsons. That's all I use on my 16 month old. From his first bath EVER I've always made him soapy water using the Johnsons. My son has never had any issues with his "area" and I plan on continuing to make him bubble baths. I was just curious to see if any other mothers had ever heard of this. I know that doctors and researchers know a lot more than they did when I was little but bubble baths are out too???? Just doesn't seem right or fair....my little one loves to play with the bubbles and we have a ton of cute "bubble hair" pictures lol.

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Sally - posted on 01/02/2014

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I know it is true that too many bubble baths can cause UTI...my 2 year old daughter got one and the doc said that was most likely the reason. I cut them out completely for a while, but then noticed that Burt's Bee's bubble bath does not have the warning that it may cause irritation or UTI. So I am wondering if the more natural products lack the ingredient that throws off the pH and causes the infection. I found this discussion thread while in search of the answer. Burt's Bee's (and most "natural" products) does not have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, so maybe that is the guilty ingredient?? Still searching for the answer.

Heather - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son too has never has an issue with bubble baths, we usually use soap and bubble bath that is dye free and for sensitive skin though. I do always keep them to more than 10-15 min also. I think that if your child is not super allergic than using things that are for sensitive skin can be used. There are mosre organic options too out there that are dye free and natural ingrediants if you have concerns about getting UTIs and such.

Claudia - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laur... ) is a wonderful ingredient found in many items around the house: bubble bath, laundry soap, dish washing detergent, garage floor de-greaser, shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste. What does it do? It makes bubbles and keeps things in a gel-form which is easy to package and pleasing to many consumers. It is also used as a skin irritant when testing dermalogical skin care products. A lot of people are allergic to this stuff and don't even know it.


 



I also want to add that Quaternium-15 is found in a LOT of products including Johnson-n-Johnson's products.  This ingredient is a formaldehyde releaser ... Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternium-...



I believe there is a lavender scented J&J product that actually includes a warning not to use with children that have asthma or respiratory illnesses.  HELLOOOOO  why would we want to use any of their products if they knowingly have ingredients that could cause harm!



 



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Jackie - posted on 08/18/2014

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boys are at just as high of risk for a UTI as girls, regardless of circ or not because they have the same PH issues. I would certainly switch to something more natural. Neither of my kids has ever had a UTI, one a girl and one a boy (uncirced)....we do bubble baths on occasion but have only ever used natural soap, the same we use to wash them, it's made by Shae Moisture..it's amazing.

Melanie - posted on 03/13/2009

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I think your decision to do it anyway because your baby doesn't have a problem is perfect. I would say it depends on the baby. I guess if he starts getting UTI's then you can stop, but otherwise, I would say do what you want!

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Jvance6 - posted on 09/27/2016

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My mother never let me take bubble baths because of this. My sisters used to take bubble baths but one of them got a UTI and the Dr told her bubble baths weren't good for little girls. Boys are less likely to get UTIs so I personally wouldn't worry. Both of my brothers took bubble baths and never had any problems, but I would ask your DR on his next visit just to make sure cause I dunno for sure.

Carrie - posted on 03/13/2009

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I think that has more of an issue with little girls...your little boy should be fine. Little girls have a delicate pH balance down there and you need to be careful with soaps, frgrance and such. Just like some women are more prone to yeast infections and UTI so are little girls...I wouldn't use the bubble bath all the time though with your little one because of the left over soap residue it leave skin dry even though you can tell. Keep him moisturized and rinse really well after the bubble bath...otherwise have fun!



Carrie

Claudia - posted on 03/13/2009

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I'll just say that while everyone has their opinion and choices to make for their family.  The information and education we've gained throughout the years has made so many changes in the way we live today vs the past.  For example, many of us can remember a time when the seatbelt law was not in force.... so just because that's the way we "used" to do things, does that mean it was ok... of course not!  We now know that wearing seatbelts saves lives. As we learn new things, it is our responsibility to make the better choices, not only for us but for our future generations.   Same goes for our health... no one used to care about fats, cholesterol, etc  until research and technology started to educate us on the importance of healthy eating habits, etc.... so again we make our choices based on new information.   Here again, as we are learning and just tapping the surface of how toxic chemicals in everyday products are affecting our health and those of our children, I believe it is our responsibility to learn and make the necessary changes.  I don't believe J&J or any other major retail has our "best interest" at heart, rather the deepening of thier pockets! 



Again, to each his own.

Kate - posted on 03/13/2009

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I know what you mean pretty sure we're going to have to put our children in a bubble.  For me as a parent, former teacher and nanny. I just go with the flow and try not to worry to much about every little thing. I take precautions when necessary but my word to worry and stress about every little thing, to me just sets you child up to be a paranoid person. Believe me I've experienced this first hand and after my year contract was up with the one family I worked for I had to get out of there it was stressing me out.

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I appreciate everyone's input.  I plan on continuing to give my son bubble baths.  He doesn't seem to have any issues with the J&J soap and has never had any problems with UTI.  I just think that it sucks that so many things get so overanalyzed these days.  Being a parent is a scary enough thing all by itself in today's world.  And now they have us questioning bubble baths....I just think it's sad.  Bubble baths.....what's next?  Cheerios?  LOL DON'T ANSWER THAT.....I'm sure there's a study out there somewhere that will say Cheerios are bad too lol.

Claudia - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laur... ) is a wonderful ingredient found in many items around the house: bubble bath, laundry soap, dish washing detergent, garage floor de-greaser, shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste. What does it do? It makes bubbles and keeps things in a gel-form which is easy to package and pleasing to many consumers. It is also used as a skin irritant when testing dermalogical skin care products. A lot of people are allergic to this stuff and don't even know it.


 



I also want to add that Quaternium-15 is found in a LOT of products including Johnson-n-Johnson's products.  This ingredient is a formaldehyde releaser ... Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternium-...



I believe there is a lavender scented J&J product that actually includes a warning not to use with children that have asthma or respiratory illnesses.  HELLOOOOO  why would we want to use any of their products if they knowingly have ingredients that could cause harm!



 



www.ToxicFreeFamily.net

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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I am 40 and my mother never let my sisters and I take bubble baths for that reason.  Girls obviously have a shorter urethra and  this is part of the issue. There are other issues for little boys.  



The following paragraphs are off of drspock.com



No bubble baths. Although we usually think of soapy bubbles as good cleaning agents, it turns out that not only is bubble bath an irritant to the skin, soapy solutions are perfect places for bacteria to thrive. A common cause of bladder infections in girls is high bacterial contamination from bubble baths, so these should be avoided in girls with UTIs. If your daughter doesn't have a problem with urinary tract infections, short bubble baths (about 15 minutes), followed by rinsing in clear water, are OK. If possible, she also should urinate immediately after a bubble bath.



Cleaning uncircumcised males. Uncircumcised boys have a higher rate of urinary tract infections than circumcised boys because bacteria can thrive under the foreskin. Once the foreskin becomes retractable, the area should be gently cleaned regularly to help reduce the risk of infection. Please make sure that after you are done cleaning, you pull the foreskin back down over the head of the penis.


Circumcision. Some uncircumcised males who have recurrent UTIs , particularly those with phimosis (or too small an opening of the foreskin at the tip of penis for good flow of urine), may benefit from circumcision

Hope this helps

Kate CP - posted on 03/11/2009

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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laur... ) is a wonderful ingredient found in many items around the house: bubble bath, laundry soap, dish washing detergent, garage floor de-greaser, shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste. What does it do? It makes bubbles and keeps things in a gel-form which is easy to package and pleasing to many consumers. It is also used as a skin irritant when testing dermalogical skin care products. A lot of people are allergic to this stuff and don't even know it. I am one of those lucky people so I have to shop for everything that doesn't have SLS in it. I look like a nut when I'm shopping for toothpaste cause I have to read the ingredients on everything.
That being said, if you or your son are not sensitive to SLS then I wouldn't worry about it. I give my daughter bubble baths, too. I think the key is to not over-load the tub with tons of bubbles. By the time my girl gets out of the tub (usually about 10-15 minutes) all the bubbles have dissipated. Another thing that's fun is bath coloring tabs. They're little fizzy tabs that turn the water different colors and are very safe. Johnson & Johnson's is a pretty good line of baby care products. If you're worried about UTIs try using a different bath time toy like the bath fizzers. Good luck! :)

April - posted on 03/11/2009

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If your son does not have probs with it, then go for it--I have 4 girls and 1 boy, and my pediatrition says the same thing about not giving kids bubble baths because of utis. I used to with my older kids, but--2 of my daughters are prone to uti's, due to a kidney reflux disorder, so I do not give my girls bubble baths --instead I get them crayola bath crayons to play with and its great! my older girls take showers.

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I think baby girls are the ones that usually have the problem. The little girls I use to babysit were never aloud to have bubble baths because they would get UTI's. I've never let my daughter have a bubble bath for that reason. I also think they mean those fun princess/thomas the tank type bubble baths, not Johnsons soap. I think there's an ingredient in the bubble bath that can give the UT trouble. Maybe talk to your doctor or google boys and UTI. Hope this helps.

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