Today is an awesome day! We have ‘The Great Tracey Clayton’ as a returning guest writer for the TwinCitiesView Community! Show her a warm welcome as you read about how to keep your home safe for the mini-you’s in your life! Take it away Tracey… And Enjoy readers!
How to Ensure a Toxin-Free Home for Your Child
The outside world is full of toxins that are harmful for your children’s health. Although there’s little you can do to fight these hazards outside, you can create a better and healthier environment for your kids inside. Children are more susceptible to toxic materials than adults because they breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water in proportion to their body weight. As they learn to crawl and play, they become exposed to pollutants on the floor, and they often explore new objects by putting them in their mouth. In addition, their fast metabolism can speed up the absorption of these toxins. Here’s what you can do to protect your children from toxins and pollutants.
Invest in solid wood furniture
Most furniture pieces are made of pressed wood, chipboard, and plywood. These materials consist of lumber scraps glued together. After a while, they start to emit toxic materials such as formaldehyde, a pollutant found in the glue. This gas can cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Solid wood furniture has water-based finishes, so pay attention to it next time you’re shopping furniture.
Avoid direct sunlight
When choosing a nursery room, bear in mind the amount of light. It’s important that your child’s room is well-lit, but make sure to keep your kid away from direct sunlight. Children have less skin melanin and fewer functional sweat glands, and ultraviolet light is harmful to their still-developing eyes. Indirect sunlight is the best lighting solution since it provides light in the full visible spectrum and you can save on energy bills. Blinds or louvers are a great option since they shut out more light and are easily cleaned. Opt for aluminum or wood slats that are finished with water-based coatings. Avoid fabric curtains because they emit flame retardants known as PBDEs, which release slowly from products and can cause brain development problems. These curtains also attract dust making them harder to clean and more likely to contaminate the air.
Keep the air clean
Furniture, paint, and tech devices significantly contribute to indoor pollution. Open the windows as often as you can to let the fresh air in. Also, consider having hepa air purifiers in every room of your house your child spends time in, especially if you have problems with unpleasant smells within your home. This way, you’ll provide clean and quality air for your child to breathe, while preventing possible allergies and other respiratory problems.
While it is vital that enough sunlight can enter your home, too much sun exposure increases room temperature, especially in summertime, which may cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Heavy blinds or double-glazed windows are great options for reducing the heat generated within your house. Placing ceiling fans can also help you keep the optimal temperature in your home.
Throw away toxic toys
All children love to play with toys and babies tend to put them in their mouth, which makes them exposed to all sorts of harmful materials. Plastic toys increase the risk of SIDS, and lead found in paints can be extremely harmful. Besides this, the swallowing of a toy can cause serious health issues. The best thing you can do to protect your child’s health is to get them plush and wooden toys instead of plastic ones.
Ensure quality materials
Materials found in a nursery room can potentially endanger your child’s health. Little children spend a lot of time sitting and rolling on the carpet. It attracts dust, pesticides, and allergens all day long, which makes your kid exposed to these toxins. Make sure to get a carpet made of natural fabrics instead of plastic and other harmful materials. In addition, make sure that the child’s bed mattress and sheets don’t contain toxic materials and change them regularly. In order to ensure your child’s health, opt for cotton clothing like you can find at Organic Mums and Bubs, instead of synthetic materials.
A parent’s job is to create the best and healthiest possible environment for their child. Use these tips to provide your child with a safe and toxin-free home.
About author: Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
As a parent we want what’s best for our kids, keeping them safe is an important part of their life… I thank Tracey for her valuable tips and I hope you do to.