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#1 of 8 Old 11-30-2006, 07:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is perfume bad for babies?

The other day my husband picked up my son and he started to cry and did for about 30 min, like a pain cry. He is so calm usually and NEVER cried like that before, he hardly cries even if he wants to eat. I felt so bad and couldnt figure out what was wrong and then I thought maybe it was because my husband had just put on cologne. Could that be why?
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Maybe something on your husband's shirt was poking him? But I see no reason why a baby can't be scent-sensitive. I have been since I was a kid. Perfume or cologne gives me an instant headache. Some babies will refuse to nurse if their mothers wear certain scents or even change shampoo or deodorant.
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Some perfumes bother me tremendously (can't breath, head ache, etc) so it's possible that it irritated your baby.

I learned a good tip about putting that kind of stuff on - put it on behind your knees. That way it doesn't come into contact with the baby like it would if it were on the neck, wrists, or behind the ears. Behind the knees is a pulse point, so the fragrance will gently waft up to scent level without being over powering. This is where I spray my body spray, and I've never had a problem with it bothering DD.

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It could very well be that your son was crying because your husband's cologne is toxic. Check out http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep/

You'll be amazed what you find!
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Some babies are very sensitive to scents. I've actually helped mamas who have had major nursing strikes on their hands, only to discover that it was their change to a scented perfume/lotion/you name it that was behind the baby not nursing.

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When DD was one month old, my mother came to visit. Every time my mom held DD, a mild rash appeared over DD's face and chest. We figured out that it was mom's perfume that caused it. She stopped wearing her perfume and the rest of her visit was rash-free for DD.

When my mom came back to visit again, DD was almost 6 months old and apparently no longer reacted allergically to perfume.

On a slightly different note, I couldn't wear my underarm deodorant for the first 6 weeks of DD's life because she would refuse to nurse if I had any on.

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i hate most perfumes/coolognes. they make me sick instantly. my boyfriend wore cologne our second date and i commented on it, he tried wearing it after two years when he was out of town and it made him sick too.
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Omg looking at that was so depressing, it seems like everything is bad or toxic. Thanks for it though, Im looking up like everything I have in the house now!

BTW it says that Lansinoh is Classified as toxic!
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