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<a href="http://www.camd.lsu.edu/msds/s/sodium_polyacrylate.htm" target="_blank">http://www.camd.lsu.edu/msds/s/sodium_polyacrylate.htm</a><br><br>
This the the gel stuff they put in sposies, pads and breastpads.<br><br>
I knew I didn't like this stuff and I've read lots of icky stuff about it, but never seen anything this specific <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Health Effects:<br>
Inhalation: Causes irritation to respiratory tract. Symptoms may include coughing, shortness of breath.<br><br>
Ingestion: Causes irritation to the gastrointestinal tract.<br><br>
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.<br><br>
Eyes: Causes irritation, redness and pain<br><br><b>Skin: Causes irritation to skin. Symptoms include redness, itching and pain.</b></td>
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And people put this stuff next to their babies most private/sensitive area for YEARS on end!? Oh how terribly SAD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">
 

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I'm not saying that sodium polyacrylate is good or anything but that data sheet doesn't look that scary to me.<br><br>
Here is the one for citric acid:<br><br><a href="http://www.camd.lsu.edu/msds/c/citric_acid.htm" target="_blank">http://www.camd.lsu.edu/msds/c/citric_acid.htm</a>
 

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Yeah but I am not being told that putting my citric acid on my baby's bum all day is safe and HEALTHY for them by big brother ya know? I know citric acid is an acid and not really good for you, before I started CDing, I had NO idea that these chemicals were in our diapers and right next to very important parts of my babies! Just a different thing I guess!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Ingestion: Do NOT induce vomiting. Give large quantities of water. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical attention immediately.</td>
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Ok, I don't get this... unless this is a different form than the beads in diapers? I thought one of the dangers of swallowing the beads was that they would expand and plug up your intestines? Why would you drink more water and accelerate this?<br><br>
Does PSA come in different forms?<br><br>
Charmie, where did you find this info?
 

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I agree that it's pretty benign-sounding until you put it in the context of babies sitting in it for 2-3 years. I've heard some of my friends complaining about thier babies chewing on diapers when they're teething, etc. When you read it with those things in mind, it's downright scary.<br><br>
PBJ--the link was posted on a diaper site I was perusing, but the info is from the LSU chem department.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by mara</i><br><b>I'm not saying that sodium polyacrylate is good or anything but that data sheet doesn't look that scary to me.<br><br>
Here is the one for citric acid:<br><br><a href="http://www.camd.lsu.edu/msds/c/citric_acid.htm" target="_blank">http://www.camd.lsu.edu/msds/c/citric_acid.htm</a></b></td>
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That is scary. Do not ingest? Citric acid is everything from salsa to margerine to vitamin C packets (EmergenC). Ugh.
 

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Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) can make anything look horrible. I've read one for salt (NaCl) that made me worry, then I realized what it was<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
One of the main purposes of MSDS is for emergency personnel use, such as fire department and hazmat people. It lets them know how to control the situation whether it be fire or flood or disposal down the sewer (big no no in most cases).<br><br>
One thing to look at is the LD 50. The bigger the number the less hazardous. For the sodium polyacrlyate I think it was something like 5000 mg/kg. That means a mouse would have to eat 5 grams for every kg of body weight to be toxic. That is a lot.<br><br>
I guess my point is that an MSDS is only one piece of information for a specific audience.<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by pb_and_j</i><br><b>Ok, I don't get this... unless this is a different form than the beads in diapers? I thought one of the dangers of swallowing the beads was that they would expand and plug up your intestines? Why would you drink more water and accelerate this?<br>
Does PSA come in different forms?</b></td>
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A lot of substances are bad to induce vomiting b/c of the risk of stuff like burns to the mouth or esophagus (that would be more like acidic substances) or the risk of them going into the lungs. You don't want this stuff in your lungs. It starts out as a powdery substance and then once mixed with liquids, turns into gel beads. It should just pass through your system if you drink water so I'm guessing you don't want to induce vomiting in this case b/c of the risk of it going into the lungs.
 
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