Pregnancy and some antibacterial soaps – should you worry ?

We all might have heard  that there are certain things that we should not do while you are pregnant. among that one disputable  topic is that pregnant woman should not use an  antibacterial soap. In spite this may sound like a nutty statement, there may be some sensible points in  this observation.

As per US Food and Drug Administration, Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys. It also may be added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics.

Fact Triclosan

Some antibacterial hand soaps have this ingredient. When used by pregnant women it has been found in their urine and cord blood of newborns. Sadly, this has not been tested for toxicity in humans. However, Triclosan is toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. And it may have cause endocrine disruption which can affect development.

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in consumer products, including soaps, shampoos’ toothpastes, detergents and many household products. To do Check labels of your personal-care products, and avoid Triclosan containing products. There is no reason to use it as it has no benefit to humans and is harmful to the environment.Antibacterial soap is ‘pointless’ because most people use it incorrectly. They do not wash their hands for long enough – they would need to wash their hands for 20 to 30 seconds.Most people, however, only wash their hands for an average of six seconds.

Written by -

Dr.Ishag Shafeeg

Medical Director


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