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The best baby shampoo you can buy

  • When it comes to baby shampoo, you want one that’s gentle and soft on your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • After much research and testing, we chose California Baby Calendula Shampoo as the best for most babies.
  • The shampoo’s gentle, calming, and natural ingredients are great for sensitive baby skin.

Giving your baby a bath for the first time can be a daunting experience. You worry about holding up their head or doing it wrong. You want to use a shampoo that’s gentle on their skin yet makes them clean and smell even sweeter.

The good news is that newborns only need a bath a few times per week, and as your baby grows, you become an expert at washing little fingers and toes.

But which baby shampoo is best? When you go to the store or shop online, you have a lot of choices. You have baby shampoos for sensitive skin, ones for eczema, others with essential oils, and baby shampoos with a long list of ingredients you can’t even begin to understand.

As a mom, I prefer a baby shampoo that’s free of harmful chemicals, gentle on the skin, and at a price I can afford. When we researched baby shampoos for this guide, we used these criteria, asked other parents what they look for, and read hundreds of reviews to find the best baby shampoos you can buy. I’ve also tested all of these shampoos with my own babies.

Here are the best baby shampoos you can buy in 2019:

Keep scrolling to check out our top picks.


The best overall

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The California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash is an ultra-gentle shampoo and body wash that’s chemical-free.

I absolutely love California Baby Calendula Shampoo. I use it every day for my babies and can’t say enough about the quality and gentleness. I first discovered the baby shampoo after a long search looking for a more natural option for my daughter. She has fine hair, and some baby shampoos tend to dry her hair out. A friend of mine told me about California Baby, and I decided to try it based on her recommendation.

The company was started by Jessica Iclisoy more than 20 years ago. Iclisoy was shocked by all the chemicals, fragrances, and additives in baby shampoo, so she found plant-based substitutes for the substances and developed her own baby shampoo recipes.

Now, California Baby has over 80 different personal care products, all of which are made in the United States. The California Baby Calendula Shampoo is made from 100% certified organic calendula and other natural ingredients including French lavender and clary sage essential oils and aloe vera. You won’t find sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or any harmful chemicals.

But don’t think that its natural qualities impair its ability to gently clean. California Baby shampoos clean thoroughly while moisturizing and soothing skin. It even suds up nicely, making it a good body wash. The company also makes baby shampoos for sensitive skin, eczema, and cranky babies.

I’m not the only one who recommends California Baby. This baby shampoo makes the top baby shampoo list of almost every trusted parenting and baby product website, including Baby List, The Bump, and What to Expect. While you can buy the baby shampoo on Amazon, I found the California Baby website has better deals overall.

Pros: Pure (no harmful chemicals ever), organic calendula, fantastic quality, perfect for sensitive skin, smells great, woman-owned business, made in the USA

Cons: None

Buy California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash (19 fl. oz.) from Amazon for $28.99


The best budget

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Babyganics

The Babyganics Shampoo and Body Wash is the perfect choice for budget-conscious parents who want a product that’s gentle on sensitive skin and as natural as possible.

Babyganics makes certified bio-based baby shampoo free of chemicals and synthetic fragrances. When possible, the ingredients are organic and never tested on animals. The shampoo is also available at a price most parents can afford and costs about the same as other baby shampoos with all the harmful preservatives, fragrances, and chemicals.

Babyganics sells a shampoo that’s scent free and a 3-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash, in addition to other baby products like diapers and wipes. Babyganics is widely sold online and in-stores, making it an excellent option to pick up on the go.

While I prefer California Baby or Puracy over Babyganics, I found it super convenient to buy anywhere I shopped. It’s truly is a solid natural choice at a price that doesn’t hurt the pocketbook.

When you look at the price, it may seem about the same as other brands, but you get a lot more for the same cost. Babyganics shampoo comes in 16-ounce bottles and others may charge the same price for 10 ounces. You can find it at .50 to .60 cents per ounce.

Plus, it makes a great bubble bath too. Kids love to play with bubbles from an early age, and nothing stretches out bathtime better than a sudsy playpen.

Other expert reviewers agree: What to Expect named it Best Sudsy Shampoo and Baby List called it a “Foamtastic Cleanser.”

Pros: Super affordable, natural ingredients, bubble bath fun, widely available

Cons: Misleading name (not completely organic), some synthetic chemicals

Buy the Babyganics Baby Shampoo and Body Wash (16 fl. oz) at Target for $9.99


The best natural option

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Puracy

The Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is made with natural ingredients, foams beautifully, and feels silky smooth on baby skin.

I first discovered Puracy as I was researching naturally-derived and chemical free baby shampoo. I decided to try it on my kiddos, and I liked it a lot after the first use. I liked the way it lathered up in my hands because sometimes, organic plant-based shampoos don’t foam up as much as others that use chemical-based foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate.

With Puracy, all the ingredients on the label are easy to understand. The formula is made from eco-friendly and skin-friendly materials like coconut oil, grapefruit essential oil, and natural sea salt. Puracy doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, eye-numbing agents, petrochemicals (made from petroleum or natural gas), or animal by-products. It’s about as pure as you can get when it comes to baby shampoo.

In addition to the high-quality ingredients and commitment to transparency, Puracy also gives back to the community. With each purchase, the company donates personal care products to children in need through Austin’s Children’s Center and the Ronald McDonald House. The Puracy packaging labels feature hand-drawn artwork by local artists in Texas. All of Puracy’s products are made in the USA.

Pros: Natural, plant-based ingredients with no harsh chemicals, ultra-lathering qualities, perfect for sensitive skin

Cons: Slightly higher cost

Buy Puracy Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash (16 fl. oz.) on Amazon for $12.99


The best scents

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The Honest Co.

The Honest Baby Shampoo + Body Wash will delight your nose with incredible natural fragrances of sweet almond, sweet orange vanilla, or truly calming lavender.

When my babies were newborns, I used the Honest Baby Shampoo + Baby Wash. I’m a sucker for anything with lavender because I know the essential oil is gentle on the skin and provides relaxation. The Honest baby shampoo with lavender does just that, and I’ve never been unhappy with the quality or cleansing abilities.

One thing I did find is that dried my daughter’s hair out a little but not my son’s. My daughter has really delicate hair. I switched to California Baby or Mustela for this reason, but I would definitely buy Honest’s shampoo again for my son.

The baby shampoo is tear-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and made from naturally derived ingredients. In addition to natural scents, the company offers a baby shampoo without a scent for those who don’t want a fragrance – natural or otherwise. I’ve even used the Honest shampoo as a bubble bath, although, the company does have some pretty good bubble bath options, too.

I did subscribe to Honest’s diaper bundle and then got the shampoo and bubble bath 20% off. You can also subscribe to the Home Essentials Bundle and pick from a list of home and personal care products.

As New York Magazine said, “It’s great for the whole family.”

Pros: Smells incredible, natural ingredients, tons of foam, perfect for the whole family

Cons: Not great for dry hair

Buy Honest Baby Shampoo + Body Wash (10 fl. oz.) on the Honest Co for $9.95


The best for cradle cap

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The Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns is the perfect shampoo for sensitive baby skin irritated by cradle cap or eczema.

When it comes to shampoo for newborns with skin concerns, you won’t be disappointed with Mustela. The French company makes an outstanding baby shampoo with mostly natural ingredients that are tested to be safe on sensitive skin. If you need a baby shampoo to cure cradle cap, you’ll love Mustela.

The causes of cradle cap are unknown, but one contributing factor is the hormones passed from the mother to baby in utero. The extra hormones cause a build-up of oil on the skin. While the exact cause is unclear, the symptoms can be painful and itchy. The signs of cradle cap are crusty or oily skin patches on the scalp. The spots aren’t contagious or a sign of poor hygiene.

The best solution is to use a gentle shampoo like Mustela and wait for the breakout to pass. Mustela washes away the dry skin cells to help usher in the soft baby skin underneath.

My daughter needed Mustela, and I found it worked great. The cradle cap disappeared in a week or so. Hers was quite mild, but still, I couldn’t stand the scaly patches and would’ve bought anything to help her. Mustela also offers baby shampoo for eczema and shampoo for normal skin.

Some parents do say that it tangles a baby’s hair, and I did experience this a little bit, but I used a high-quality conditioner afterward to ease this problem. As for curing cradle cap a verified buyer on Amazon exclaimed, “I only had to use this stuff once, and it cleared up my boy cradle cap instantly.” When it comes to easing cradle cap, Mustela really is world-class.”

Pros: cradle cap, natural ingredients, affordable, doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, affordable

Cons: tangles hair some

Buy Mustela Foam Shampoo (5.07 fl. oz.) at Target for $12.50

Taylor Swift said she’s ‘sad and grossed out’ that ‘bully’ Scooter Braun now owns all of her past music

Taylor Swift arrives the '2019 Billboard Music Awards' at MGM Grand Arena on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • Taylor Swift said she was “sad and grossed out” that celebrity manager Scooter Braun had acquired ownership of her catalog.
  • Swift called Braun, who reportedly acquired the label in a $300 million sale, a bully, pointing to targeted incidents from his clients Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
  • The singer said the label previously offered her a deal to earn ownership of her old albums as she came out with new ones, but she ultimately made the “excruciating choice to leave behind my past.”
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Taylor Swift said she was “sad and grossed out” that celebrity manager Scooter Braun had acquired ownership of her catalog in a reported $300 million sale.

The singer posted a written response on her Tumblr Sunday after the news broke that Braun acquired the Big Machine label, and with it all of Swift’s music.

“I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world,” Swift wrote. “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”

The singer continued on, calling out Kim and Kanye West for secretly recording her in 2016 and an Instagram post by Justin Bieber that shows him FaceTiming with Braun and Kanye, captioned “Taylor swift what up.” Swift says both were cruel incidents that happened under Braun.

Her mention of Kim and Kanye West points to the rapper’s use of an image made to look like a naked Swift, and his wife’s recording and leaking of audio from a phone conversation with Swift that the couple said contained her consent to the video and a lyric referencing the rapper having sex with her in his song “Famous.”

Swift has since said she was illegally recorded, as consent from both parties is required in the state of California, and said in the letter that “Scooter got his two clients [West and Bieber] to bully [her] online about it.”

Read more: The full history behind all of Taylor Swift’s biggest celebrity feuds

Before the sale, Swift said that she “asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work” for years, but was instead handed the option “to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.”

“I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, [Big Machine founder and executive] Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future,” Swift said. “I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.”

After 12 years with Big Machine, Swift signed to Universal Music Group in November 2018 with a deal that notably assigned her ownership of all future music.

“Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future,” Swift wrote. “And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.”

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Cory Booker questions whether Joe Biden is ‘up to that task’ of talking ‘openly and honestly about race’

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  • Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker questioned whether former Vice President Joe Biden is “up to” the “task” of talking “openly and honestly about race” in a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
  • Booker brought up racially insensitive comments Biden has made in the past, and said the Democratic nominee needs to be someone who can reconcile Americans on the issue of race.
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Sen. Cory Booker appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning, and in his interview with Chuck Todd he addressed former Vice President Joe Biden’s exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris during the second night of the 2020 Democratic debates in Miami.

“Look, I was talking about the Vice President’s comments well before the debate, where he used words like ‘boy’ in a way that caused a lot of hurt and harm, and I called him out on it,” Booker said, referencing comments Biden made at a recent fundraiser reflecting on Democratic senators who supported segregation.

“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,'” Biden said at the fundraiser Tuesday night in New York City. “Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done.”

“And instead of coming forward saying ‘I could have said that better’ or ‘Let me tell you what I meant,’ he fell into a defensive crouch and tried to reassign blame and said that I should apologize to him,” Booker said.

“Whoever our nominee is going to be, whoever the next president is going to be really needs to be someone who can talk openly and honestly about race with vulnerability, because none of us are perfect, but really call this country to common ground, to reconciliation.”

Read more: Cory Booker responds to racist tweet shared by Trump Jr.: ‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s*** to prove’ about her race

Booker continued on to say he wasn’t sure Biden “is up to that task, given the way these last three weeks have played out.” Apart from Biden’s exchange with Harris during Thursday’s debate, in which he defended his record on civil rights, Biden’s campaign has struggled to overcome his record on race-related issues.

“Frankly, I know whoever is that nominee needs to be able to pull this country together because we need to reconcile,” Booker said.

The Nets are reportedly landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a free agency grand slam

  • The Brooklyn Nets will sign both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency, according to reports.
  • The Nets had reportedly secured an agreement from Irving, and in the hours leading up to free agency, landed Durant.
  • The signings are a major win for the Nets, and a big turn of events, as the New York Knicks, for much of the 2018-19 season, had been the favorites to land both players.
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The Brooklyn Nets will reportedly be among the big winners in NBA free agency.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin Durant will sign with the Nets once free agency begins. According to numerous reports, the Nets also secured an agreement from Kyrie Irving.

According to Wojnarowski, Durant will sign a four-year, $161 million contract and Irving will sign a four-year, $141 million contract.

The signings represent a major win for the Nets. Rumors all season long suggested the New York Knicks were the favorites to sign Durant and Irving. However, in recent weeks, reports indicated that the Nets were the favorites to land Irving. In the hours leading up to free agency, which officially begins at 6 P.M. ET on June 30, the Nets emerged as the favorites to land Durant. The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported that there was “an undeniable vibe of confidence” from the Nets that they would land both Irving and Durant.

Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season with a torn Achilles. Reports leading up to free agency indicated that his market wasn’t affected by the injury.

According to reports, the Nets had some trepidation about signing Irving if Durant did not follow him. The Nets also had D’Angelo Russell, a 23-year-old, first-time All-Star, and some within the NBA world felt that re-signing Russell, at a lower price and younger age, would be a better move over only landing Irving. However, the Nets renounced the rights to Russell, making him an unrestricted free agent, as they grew closer to landing Irving.

The Nets’ free agency haul represent a major turnaround after the disastrous 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics. The Nets now boast one of the league’s most talented tandems in Durant and Irving, plus a sound infrastructure of players, including Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, and Rodions Kurucs.

Several of the NBA’s biggest free agents have already reportedly found homes, with Kemba Walker reportedly signing with the Celtics, Klay Thompson re-signing with the Golden State Warriors, and All-Star center Nikola Vucevic re-signing with the Orlando Magic.

A London baby was born despite a brutal stabbing that killed its mother and is now in critical condition

A police officer stands at the cordon on the street where a heavily pregnant woman was stabbed to death in the Thornton Heath area of London, Britain June 30, 2019.

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  • A baby is reportedly in “critical condition” after surviving a stabbing that killed its 26-year-old mother.
  • Police responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. and found the heavily pregnant woman dying in Croydon, South London.
  • The stabbing came as just one of five such attacks across London in a 28-hour period.
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A baby is in critical condition after being delivered shortly after it survived a stabbing that killed its 26-year-old mother.

The Guardian reports that paramedics delivered the baby Saturday while its mother was dying at the scene of the stabbing in Croydon, south London. Police reportedly found the woman after responding to a call of someone suffering cardiac arrest around 3:30 a.m.

The baby was taken to the hospital and reportedly remains in “critical condition.” The Guardian reports that a 37-year old was arrested and is in custody for the attack.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan reacted to the news on Twitter, where he wrote that “Violence against women is endemic in society and devastating murders in the home, like this one, show the scale of the problem we face.”

Reuters reports that the stabbing was one of five across London in a 28-hour period. The trend has been seized upon as a crisis by top British figures, including rapper Stormzy, who on Friday wore a stab-proof vest emblazoned with the Union Jack designed by the street artist Banksy for his politically charged headline performance at the Glastonbury Music Festival.

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Cory Booker responds to racist tweet shared by Trump Jr.: ‘Kamala Harris doesn’t have s*** to prove’ about her race

Cory Booker.

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  • On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, shared a racist tweet that stated Sen. Kamala Harris is not black.
  • Trump Jr. later deleted the tweet, but the damage was done in getting the far-right activist’s conspiracy to go viral.
  • Sen. Cory Booker, who is also running for president, made it clear that any debate on the subject was not acceptable. His running mates also denounced the tweet, which some are comparing to the years-long “birtherism” conspiracy aimed at discrediting former President Barack Obama
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Sen. Kamala Harris’ running mates for the 2020 presidential campaign are coming out to defend the California lawmaker in the wake of a racist conspiracy around her ethnic background.

On Thursday, Ali Alexander, a fringe alt-right activist, tweeted that Harris is not a black American. Harris was born in Oakland, California, to a Indian mother and a black Jamaican father, both of whom immigrated to the United States.

Alexander claimed that Harris “comes from Jamaican Slave Owners,” and therefore can’t speak out on race. At the time of the tweet, Harris was debating former Vice President Joe Biden on his views and track record on race, a portion of the debate that led to her best-ever day of fundraising.

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, shared that tweet to his 3.65 million followers. He later deleted it, but it nevertheless helped spur the racist conspiracy.

Some, including the Harris campaign, are comparing the idea that Harris is not actually black to the years-long “birtherism” conspiracy aimed at discrediting former President Barack Obama.

“This is the same type of racist attacks his father used to attack Barack Obama. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now,” Harris campaign spokeswoman Lily Adams said.

Read more: Donald Trump Jr. shared a racist tweet about Kamala Harris and then deleted it after it went viral, fanning the flames of a new ‘birther’ conspiracy

And Harris’s running mates are coming out against the tweet – particulary Sen. Cory Booker, who is the only other black American running in the 2020 campaign.

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, another presidential candidate, also slammed the growing conspiracy, calling it “disgusting and racist.”

And Sen. Bernie Sanders took aim at Trump Jr. himself, blasting the tweet.

Andy Surabian, Trump Jr.’s spokesperson, told the New York Times that the president’s son shared the tweet out of simple curiosity.

“Don’s tweet was simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it’s not something he had ever heard before, and once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it,” Surabian said.

‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman was honored with a ‘Hawaiian-style’ memorial that included a traditional paddle out

Duane 'Dog' Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman arrive at the CBS 'Hawaii Five-0' Sunset On The Beach Season 6 Premire Event at Queen's Surf Beach on September 12, 2015 in Waikiki, Hawaii.

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Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman arrive at the CBS ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Sunset On The Beach Season 6 Premire Event at Queen’s Surf Beach on September 12, 2015 in Waikiki, Hawaii.
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  • Family, friends, and fans of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Beth Chapman gathered to mourn the late bondswoman on a beach in Waikiki, Hawaii, in accordance with her wishes.
  • The “Hawaiian-style” service included a prayer and a paddle out, which is a Hawaiian funeral tradition usually used after the deaths of surfers.
  • Photos and videos from social media show Chapman’s husband Duane, “Dog” Chapman, leading the service days after announcing the news of her death.
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Family, friends, and fans of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Beth Chapman gathered to mourn the late bondswoman with a “Hawaiian-style” service, in accordance with her wishes.

Chapman’s husband Duane led the service at Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki that included a paddle out, a Hawaiian funeral tradition.

“She said please Hawaiian style…please do this right,” Duane said at the service, according to video obtained by TMZ. “She loved Hawaii and she loved people. The people mostly she loved.”

A representative for the family told People ahead of the service that she would be honored with a “Hawaiian ʻOli (chant), prayer, followed by a paddle out with family and friends” and that guests were asked to bring “ocean-friendly loose flowers.”

Paddle outs are usually performed after the deaths of surfers but have been adopted for use at any beachside funeral.

The ritual includes a group on boats or boards that paddles out into the water and gathers in a circle some distance away from the beach. While on the water, paddlers join hands and can sing or pray before erupting into cheers and throwing leis or flowers into the water around them.

Chapman’s stepdaughter, Lyssa, posted a photo of a portrait of the late reality star surrounded by flower petals.

She also shared a photo of Duane walking hand-in-hand with a young family member to a circle of guests at the service.

Pictures in a tweet from an attendee show Duane speaking to the small crowd and guests preparing for the paddle out.

The family previously announced they would hold a memorial service in Colorado, where the couple spent their time when not in Hawaii. The couple reportedly made the permanent move to Hawaii when Beth’s health began to deteriorate.

Chapman’s husband announced Wednesday morning on Twitter that she had died.

“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain,” he wrote. “Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”

Read more: ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman is in a medically induced coma

Her funeral comes just over a week after she was reportedly admitted to Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center on June 22 and placed in a medically-induced coma. She had long struggled with cancer.

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A parasitic infection called ‘crypto’ that causes diarrhea is on the rise in US swimming pools

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While rising summer temperatures may make diving into serene, cool public pools seem like a no-brainer, Americans may want to think twice before going swimming in pools or water parks.

That’s because, according to the US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), a parasitic infection known as Cryptosporidium, or crypto, is on the rise.

Between 2009 and 2017, 444 cryptosporidiosis outbreaks – which resulted in 7,465 cases of infection – were reported in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

The CDC reported that the number of reported outbreaks has increased an average of approximately 13% per year during that eight-year time period.

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Crypto-contaminated pool water is the leading cause of diarrhea outbreaks in the US, followed by contact with infected cattle livestock, and sick children at day care centers, between 2009 and 2017.

The parasite spreads when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces of a sick person, like public pool water.

Crypto spreads very easily

It takes just 10 crypto parasites to get sick, and an infected person sheds 10 to 100 million in a single bowel movement, STAT reported. The parasite thrives in pools and water parks, because its tough outer shell makes it highly tolerant to chlorine.

According to the CDC, cryptosporidium can survive in a properly chlorinated pool for up to seven days. Exposure to treated recreational water in pools and water playgrounds was associated with 156 (35.1%) of the reported outbreaks between 2009 and 2017, resulting in 4,232 (56.7%) cases, the CDC reported.

The parasite is rarely fatal; only one death has been reported since 2009, according to the CDC. But 287 people were hospitalized between 2009 and 2017.

In 1993, more than 400,000 people in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area were infected when crypto got into the local water supply. It was the largest waterborne illness outbreak in US history.

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The CDC warned that anyone suffering diarrhea should avoid swimming until at least two weeks after their diarrhea subsides.

Hopefully Americans will start to heed that advice.

The Water Quality & Health Council released a report in May that 24% of Americans say they’d jump in a swimming pool within an hour of having diarrhea.

After conservative blogger Andy Ngo tweeted that he was ‘attacked by antifa,’ a GoFundMe for his recovery raised over $100,000

Conservative blogger and Quillette editor Andy Ngo gets sprayed with silly string and hit with eggs at a demonstration in Portland, Oregon.

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Conservative blogger and Quillette editor Andy Ngo gets sprayed with silly string and hit with eggs at a demonstration in Portland, Oregon.
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  • A GoFundMe for Andy Ngo, an editor of the conservative online magazine Quillette, has raised over $100,000 in under 24 hours, exceeding it’s $50,000 goal.
  • Ngo was one of eight people injured Saturday during demonstrations in downtown Portland, Oregon, where members of far-right organization the Proud Boys and far-left organization Rose City Antifa clashed with each other and the police.
  • A video on Twitter of Ngo getting punched, sprayed with silly string, and getting hit with eggs, cups, and unidentified liquids by masked individuals has been viewed almost 8 million times.
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A GoFundMe page for conservative blogger Andy Ngo has raised over $100,000 in less than 24 hours by over 3,000 contributors, passing its $50,000 goal. Creator Michelle Malkin, another conservative writer and friend of Ngo, wrote that all donations would go directly to Ngo for security and medical needs, and to replace camera equipment Ngo tweeted was stolen.

Ngo, an editor for the online magazine Quillette, was one of eight people treated by medics in downtown Portland on Saturday after demonstrations from far-right organizations, including the Proud Boys, turned violent. Portland Police arrested three people and declared a civil disturbance.

Ngo tweeted that he was “attacked by antifa,” which was captured in a video taken by Oregonian reporter Jim Ryan, which has been viewed almost 8 million times on Twitter. In the video, Ngo is punched and has silly string, eggs, cups, and other unidentified liquids thrown at and sprayed on him.

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Malkin wrote in an update to the GoFundMe campaign that “Word is just now spreading overnight about Andy’s attack, condition, and hospitalization. The city and police remain apathetic. Antifa remains on the attack. We’ll keep the campaign open through the end of the weekend.”

Ngo tweeted photos of his injuries, which include bruises and lacerations on his face, from “the ER.” He also retweeted the Portland Police saying it had received information that milkshakes thrown during the demonstrations on Saturday contained “quick-drying cement.”

Social media response to Ngo’s assault has been varied, with several prominent journalists denouncing the attacks. Others have pointed out his controversial history involving smear campaigns against other journalists that led to at least 15 receiving death threats.

‘I thought they were going to beat me to death’: Police in Hong Kong reportedly dealt batons, bruised ribs, tear gas, and broken fingers to protesters

Riot police officers stand guard outside the Legislative Council during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China in Hong Kong, China, early June 10, 2019.

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Riot police officers stand guard outside the Legislative Council during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China in Hong Kong, China, early June 10, 2019.
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As many as two million people protested in Hong Kong in June over an extradition bill that would have given China the right to try Hong Kongers in mainland courts. Those protests halted the bill from becoming law.

But, in the course of those protests, dozens of activists told The New York Times that they faced outsized force – bruised ribs, broken fingers, beatings by batons, and tear gas, for example. A Times review of hundreds of photos and videos from Hong Kong suggests that police responded to protesters with excessive force.

Experts at Amnesty International and other human rights organizations agreed. “This is basically an essay on how not to police a protest movement,” Dr. Rohini Haar of Physicians for Human Rights, an advocacy organization, told the Times.

Florence Chan had been singing hymns in a video published by the Times before a group of shielded police attacked her with batons. She immediately fell to the ground and begged police to stop hitting her, and later had injuries to her head, arms, and feet.

“I thought they were going to beat me to death,” Ms. Chan told The Times.

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Another protester, 44-year old bartender Ivy Chan, described an instance where police confined protesters outside Citic Tower, an office building in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district. Police were shooting tear gas into the crowd of protesters, who then rushed into the 33-story building.

Videos show protesters trying to break down the doors of Citic Tower to let more protesters in and escape the tear gas. Eventually, some of that tear gas entered Citic Tower. Experts told The Times that this police tactic heightened the risk of causalities, stampedes, and panic.

“It was terrifying,” Chan told the Times. “We kept telling people to calm down and asking the police to exercise restraint and to not shoot any more tear gas.”

Hong Kong police did not respond to the Times’ request for a comment, but have said before that the police are well-trained and acted with restraint.

Read more protesters’ stories and see their videos on The New York Times’ full report.