“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”Don Herold
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005 and my daughter was diagnosed in 2012 when she was 10 years old. Gluten in food? No way…we’re both hyper-vigilant in maintaining a 100% gluten-free diet. However, it wasn’t until Emma and I started breaking out in random rashes that I took a step back and analyzed what we were putting ON our bodies.
Think of your baby’s skin as a sponge that absorbs everything you put on it. An example of this absorption that really clicked for me is “the patch” for smokers. I know, not really a baby related example, but think about it for a moment. Applied directly to the skin, the patch delivers nicotine to the body. The skin absorbs the nicotine. So, if you’re using shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc. on your little one that contains gluten, their skin will absorb it.
Don’t freak out! There are gluten-free baby shampoos out there. Being a mom of two, I know the last thing you want to do is try to decipher ingredients that sound like baby babble. You’re sleep deprived and can’t remember the last time you showered and/or brushed your teeth. Luckily, these ten brands (listed in no particular order) offer shampoos made without gluten and all of those scary harsh chemicals. What I love most is that each company is extremely transparent on what goes into their products. Read on for more details!
As I was researching this article, I was shocked to find several baby shampoos that had “gluten-free” on their labels, however, the ingredients included oats. Yes, oats are naturally gluten-free. With that said, if the oats are manufactured in a facility that processes wheat or other gluten-filled grains, oats become contaminated with gluten from other products. When I reached out to the brands that had oats as an ingredient, they could not guarantee their oats weren’t cross contaminated. And this, my lovely friends, is why we need to be advocates for ourselves and our little ones.
I know I’m repeating myself, but please remember to read the ingredient labels whether it’s the first or fortieth time you’re purchasing a product. At the time of this article, the above products are gluten-free. However, companies can change their formulas and ingredients, so always be vigilant. Okay, mom lecture complete… Learn more about hidden gluten in shampoos here.