We take a break from Robyn’s Adoption Land to disagree with a few items in the January/February 2013 issue of Adoptive Families magazine…
In the article “Healthy from Their Skin In,” Dr. Brooke Johnson recommends Cetaphil Restoraderm and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. The EWG gives Restoraderm a 3, but there is limited data about a lot of the ingredients. Some of these ingredients are fine at low exposure levels, but the more exposure you get, the worse it is – disodium EDTA for example. The EWG gives CeraVe a 4, but here’s where I just don’t understand how the EWG comes up with its scores. CeraVe contains parabens – hormone disruptors. I don’t use anything with parabens in it. It also contains petrolatum, a petroleum byproduct. Once again, there is limited information about many of the ingredients. It also contains phenoxyethanol, which I avoid in any product that I’m not immediately washing off. Sure, phenoxyethanol may be safer than preservatives that release formaldehyde, but that doesn’t mean it is safe.
Ironically, the sidebar for this article states, “In general, select products that are as natural as possible, and free of potentially irritating or otherwise harmful chemicals and ingredients,* including parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, petrochemicals, and phthalates.”
In “Destination: Baby,” Adoptive Families includes advice from Adoptive Families Circle in the sidebar. The first piece of advice is “The hospital will provide you with plenty of formula, diapers, and receiving blankets.” Not necessarily. Jackson’s birthmom had private insurance, and the hospital at which she delivered did give us a lot of formula, a cute little shirt, a couple of hats, and a few diapers. Cassie’s birthmom had Medicaid, and the hospital gave us nothing. The social worker cleaned out the diapers and wipes hidden under the bassinet, but that was it. Cassie didn’t even have a proper shirt or onesie. It was a paper gown. Don’t count on the hospital being nice to you. They may not be adoption friendly, they may not give perks to people with Medicaid, or they may just not care.
The third piece of advice is “Most hotels have cribs, or your infant can sleep nicely in his car seat.” This information is potentially dangerous. Babies should not sleep in car seats for extended periods of time. The position he/she must be in when in a car seat decreases the baby’s oxygen levels. Before Jackson could leave the hospital, he had to pass a “car seat test” to make sure he could maintain his oxygen level for a certain amount of time while in a car seat. I want to say it was about an hour, but I could be wrong. Oh, and not all hotels have an unlimited supply of cribs. Some hotels only have one or two, and if you’re there the same week that my family is having a wedding, you’re screwed.
The seventh piece of advice is unnecessary. “We took packets of powdered formula with us and bought water after the security checkpoint. You can also get bottled water on the plane. This will let you avoid TSA’s liquid restrictions.” Actually, if you’re traveling with an infant, you can forget the silly liquid restrictions. You can bring as much liquid as you need to make enough bottles to make it to your destination. So, you can get your spring water from Costco and pack it in your carryon, instead of paying $3 for filtered tap water on the other side of security.
* Why yes, that is redundant.