Baby shampoo should not be used to clean your baby’s mouth or throat as it can cause a condition known as “baby toothpaste” and can cause bacteria growth, a new study suggests.
But baby shampoo can be used if you need to clean out the mouth and throat of a baby that is sick, in the presence of a sore throat, or to treat sore throat and a cough.
A study from the University of Iowa examined the antibacterial properties of two different baby shampoo formulations and found that one contained antibacterial ingredients from the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, and the other contained the bacteriolytic substance povidoneprazole.
The authors found that the antibacterials in the baby shampoo significantly increased the bactericidal activity of the povidoic acid ingredient and the chlorhexidine antibiotic in the detergent.
The researchers also tested two baby shampoo ingredients for their antibacterial effects and found they both were effective.
The antibacterial qualities of baby shampoo products could help keep your baby healthy and prevent bacteria growth while the antibacteria-resistant nature of these ingredients make them ideal for babies that are experiencing a cough, cold, or sore throat.
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“This study shows that a variety of products can have antibacterial activity,” said study author Emily G. Wiese, a doctoral student in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Iowa.
“We think this will be particularly helpful for babies who have sore throats or other problems with their mouth and throats and need to reduce the amount of time their mouth is exposed to bacteria.”
In addition to the bacteria-fighting properties of the products, baby shampoo also helps prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth, which could be beneficial if your baby coughs or sneezes or if he or she is feeling sore.
Wriese said her team plans to study other products with antibacterial characteristics that are used in baby shampoo.
She also wants to see if some of these antibacterial substances can be added to baby shampoo and how they affect the effectiveness of the product.
“What we really want to see is whether this kind of antibacterial effect could be replicated in other products, so we could see whether it could work for other products,” Wieses said.
The study was published in the journal Microbial Ecology.
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