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Can you wash a dog with baby shampoo

Can you wash a dog with baby shampoo

Can you wash a dog with baby shampoo?

I know that the FDA advises against washing a baby with baby shampoo. I'm wondering if there is any problem using baby shampoo to wash a dog and can a dog be clean for days and then shampoo with shampoo?

My dad said that if you put your hand in the baby shampoo, it will make you smell like a baby. I know that a dog can lick himself a little bit and that he could lick the shampoo off and not ruin it but what if he gets in shampoo for long term?

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Washing with baby shampoo or even just plain shampoo is probably safe.

However, because many shampoos are marketed as having "super" qualities such as antibacterial, it may be smart to try one that is not marketed as such.

In particular, we have a problem with triclosan. Triclosan is a broad spectrum antibacterial commonly found in antibacterial soaps, gels, creams, and deodorants.

For example, I have a very minor (and temporary) triclosan irritation from under my arm at a recent wedding. Because it is a broad spectrum antibacterial, it kills bacteria that would be fine. At the same time, it kills the good bacteria in the gut that fight diarrhea.

While many experts are not in favor of triclosan because it may not be effective at all (see the CDC page below), there are a lot of studies that show it is less effective than more traditional (and safer) alternatives.

Washing with baby shampoo could be fine. Washing with normal shampoo could be fine. Your question boils down to: "is this harmful?"

There's a pretty wide gray area of "is it safe?" for people to answer this question. That's why the FDA has "advised against" cleaning the mouth and body with "any liquid soap." But what is a "gray area" to an FDA advisory panel, may not be to you.

The short answer is: it depends. If you are willing to risk it (as you are) then it is very likely fine. But if you have any question, take the advice of a medical doctor. Or in the absence of a doctor, an expert.

A doctor could be either an obstetrician or a general practitioner.

The longer answer is: we just don't know.

So while it's tempting to buy a cheap antibacterial soap at a drug store, it's not necessarily fine if your baby was born at a home birth. If it's a home birth you might want to ask the doctor about safety first, before you invest in a soaping solution.

And if you did it, you may want to rinse your baby's mouth out with warm water for a couple days. It's hard to say for sure, but I'd bet it won't hurt.

What about my teeth?

Teeth are pretty hard. In fact, it's hard to break them or even chip them with your hand.

We like to believe this is an important part of having great looking teeth, that they're hard. But are they?

The only place you can break a tooth is when they break off by themselves. A lot of teeth will come off by themselves when they are still growing, because the roots of the tooth haven't finished growing and the teeth aren't yet connected to the jaw bone.

But you'll only notice that they are "falling off," when you do the tooth fairy visit. At that point they'll be too far along for the bone and cartilage to catch them.

It will be painful to actually lose the tooth, but you may not notice until it's too late.

So you can put that tooth fairy myth to bed.

You're not going to break your teeth by brushing.

I used to brush and floss every day, and I was brushing all the time.

At the end of the year I had 14 cavities.

14 cavities.

14.

14.

Yikes!

You want your baby to have healthy teeth, right? Well then don't floss.

Just brush with toothpaste, then spit the toothpaste out and get on with life.

That's better for you, better for the environment, and it's better for your baby's teeth.

The right toothpaste for your baby

So, you're finally convinced that there is no such thing as baby spit. What are the right choices of toothpaste then?

Baby toothpaste has three key ingredients:

Sodium Fluoride

Phenol

PEGs

You can see the word "PEG" in the ingredient list. It stands for polyethylene glycol.

PEGs are in toothpaste, baby shampoo, and all sorts of things. So you may not even be sure if it's a baby product or not. You can usually get an ingredient list for most baby products and see that PEG is in there.

Even in a baby-sized tube of toothpaste, PEG is a very effective desensitiser.

In a baby product that you're not going to put in their mouth, PEG is absolutely fine.

If you wanted to make sure there is no baby spit in your baby's mouth, just skip the whole step of washing your baby's mouth out with soap and just give them a toothpaste tube.

What about S-Calcium?

When you put S-Calcium in toothpaste, you want to put it in a child's toothpaste.

S-Calcium is supposed to reduce cavities. S-Calcium is a form of Calcium Carbonate. It's used for its ability to make teeth more calcified.

S-Calcium is in Calcium Hydroxide, but that won't work.

It's a calcium compound, but calcium hydroxide is a salt. Calcium hydroxide is not really as calcified as S-Calcium.

It's like saying "Hey, I'm making a calcium compound, but that doesn't work. I'm actually just making a calcium compound." No-one's going to accept that.

Why is S-Calcium in children's toothpaste?

I don't know why that is, but it's there. It seems like there's some kind of mistake that happened.

I think that they thought that it was too difficult to make a baby-sized tube of toothpaste. I think they thought "We should just do it" and "We're putting all the stuff in there".

There's not that many brands of children's toothpaste that are the size of a child.

"A tube of children's toothpaste."

They all look the same. And I haven't tried them.

I don't know if they taste very good.

And now, the question of the week!

You're in a dental exam. You have a small metal tool that has two prongs in it. The prongs are very sharp.

You're going to put it in your mouth. You're going to try and push down on the metal prongs in the metal tool.

The prongs are going to go through your teeth.

You're going to pull them out.

You're going to put your finger in your mouth.

You're going to taste your finger.

You're going to put your finger in a sink, and you're going