A 31-year-old female asked:
i have ocd and wash my hands and face several times a day with soap containing sodium laureth sulfate. can this chemical affect my unborn baby?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Pathology 44 years experience
No: There was a crooked internet scare about sodium laureth sulfate a while back, by some folks promoting their own brand of soap. Your baby's in no danger from this. Overcoming ocd is a lifetime struggle and now that you will be a mother, this is all the more reason to work to be the most effective human being that you can be.
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Big opportunity!: As colleagues answered, this soap won't hurt your baby. But this is a great time to consider getting treatment for ur ocd so ur child will grow up seeing u in control of it! the "gold standard" treatment is behavioral: it's called exposure & response prevention. Find an ocd expert to help. See resources on the international ocd foundation website: www.Ocfoundation.Org. Meds can be big help too.
Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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