Warning: Carbs Hide in Soaps, Lotions, and Medicines Too!
As I type this, my little boy is sick. Stuffy nose, cough, tired -- the usual deal.
I want to give him Vitamin C gummies -- nope.
I want to give him medicine to help his constantly dripping nose -- nope.
Why? The stuff for kids pretty much all has sugar/carbs.
That may seem somewhat of an obvious challenge, but what about lotions and soaps? Did you know that they have carbs in them also? From what I understand, they are just not forced to disclose that on their labeling. Therefore, most products on the market have the potential to alter the carefully cultivated ratio of our ketogenic diet prescribed kiddos.
There is good news, though.
An important resource exists to give us caregivers options on what to use instead. There ARE products out there that can work for and help our little ones. It's important to note that some of these boundaries and guidance can vary among regions and keto professionals, so please consult your medical providers for the final say!
That said, I will offer that our keto team here in Colorado provided us (for free) with a very helpful handout via The Charlie Foundation. This covers a lot of ground. Our keto team also adds that for lotions, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, it is sufficient to simply use anything that is FRAGRANCE FREE. This opens up a lot of possibilities, and I'm thankful to say we haven't experienced any notable adverse effects.
Bottom line, as a caregiver, we just have to be mindful of ANYTHING that is ingested OR absorbed into the skin of our little ones. Ask: Is it possible that this thing has carbs in it? This includes at home, traveling, and at school (sunscreen, paints, bubbles, etc.).
I don't have all the answers, but I know I have to consider these questions!