Is Aussie Kids Tear-free?

Aussie Kids Shampoo

With the shampoo market for kids being as vast and alluring as that for adults, it is rather difficult to be judicious.

Of course, you are looking for a gentle and safe product for the delicate hair of your child. You surely wouldn’t want the shampoo to bring tears to her eyes either.

Let’s explore if Aussie Kids – by Procter & Gamble – is worth giving a try.

What does Aussie Kids contain?

Examining the flip side of a product package has almost become an instinct. So, what does Aussie Kids contain? Some of its chief ingredients are water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, lauroyl sarcosinate, polyquaternium-10, tetrasodium EDTA, sodium, citrate, citric acid, hydrogenated castor oil, and fragrance.

The shampoo is advertised to be free of parabens, sulfates, and dyes. It is also touted to provide additional hydration with deep cleansing and moisturizing effects.

Is Aussie Kids tear-free?

It surely is agonizing to see a child with welled-up eyes – be it because of a denied candy or a harsh shampoo. It is the pH of the shampoo that chiefly determines if it is tear-free or not.

The pH of healthy eyes is 7-7.4. Therefore, when the chemicals and soaps in the shampoo are acidic, they cause burning and stinging in the eyes.

Aussie Moist Shampoo has a pH of 5.5-6.7, which makes it slightly acidic. If your child has sensitive skin and eyes, this shampoo is likely to cause her eyes to tear up.

It is also the nature of the eyes to produce tears when shampoo or any foreign object touches its surface – this, in order to wash out the object and prevent any harm. Therefore, you must rinse your child’s eyes with water immediately in case shampoo gets into her eyes.

Does Aussie Kids hurt the eyes?

All of us have experienced stinging in the eyes because of shampoo or soap.  It is the surfactants in these cosmetics that cause this evil. Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate are the most commonly used surfactants in shampoo products. However, Aussie Kids does not contain sulfates – hence, the product is unlikely to cause severe pain or stinging in the eyes.

Another reason that you feel the pain in your eyes when shampoo comes into contact with it is because of the sensitive nerves – with the degree of sensitivity varying for different people. Therefore, if your child gives out a scream due to the sting, rinse her eyes well with clean water. Also, prevent her from rubbing her eyes.

Is Aussie Kids safe for children?

The product enjoys immense patronage not only in Australia but also in the USA. It is rated as one of the best shampoo products for kids. The product is free of harsh chemicals, although not natural or organic.

Does this mean that Aussie Kids is safe for children? Looking at its composition, chief ingredients like sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, lauroyl sarcosinate, polyquaternium-10, and tetrasodium EDTA are considered safe even by the FDA.

The ingredient Cocamidopropyl betaine, however, is known to be an irritant. It can cause allergies, eczema, rosacea, and irritation. Further, fragrances – the composition of which is not disclosed – are also considered to be harmful. Modern research shows that fragrance ingredients in shampoos have the potential to cause respiratory and reproductive issues.

In all, Aussie Kids can be seen as a safe and gentle product. If still in doubt, you can do a patch test before using it for your kids.

Is Aussie Kids safe for babies?

Shampoos that are exclusive for babies are mostly sans any chemicals. They are made of pure natural oils. As Aussie Kids shampoo mainly includes chemicals, it may be harsh for your baby. The skin, hair, and eyes of babies are more fragile; hence it is best to use exclusive baby shampoo for them.

Is Aussie Kids safe for cleaning your eyes?

It is a common practice to wash eyelids with shampoo meant for babies and kids. Aussie Kids shampoo is free of harsh chemicals – so, may be used to clean your eyelids. If your skin and nerve endings in the eyes are sensitive, avoid doing this though – else, you may experience tearing and pain in the eyes.

A better and safer way to clean your eyelids is to wash them with clean warm water. You could also use eye drops prescribed by your doctor in case of any infection.



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