No More Nasties – 5 Tips to Keeping Your Kids Safe From Harmful Chemicals

 

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Did you know that you and your little one potentially come into contact with hundreds of toxic chemicals each day? Everything from the tech gadgets in our homes through to baby lotions can be packed full of harmful nasties. It’s terrifying to think that the products we use on a regular basis can cause significant harm to our children, pets, and the environment. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to ways to avoid chemicals and create a healthier home. Here are some tips to get you started:

 

Choose Organic

You may be shocked to learn that many mainstream baby products contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, talc, sulphates, propylene glycol and chlorine bleaches. These are the last things you want to be putting on your child’s delicate skin! To give your bub the best start in life, ditch the big brand names and look for boutique brands that manufacture organic products for children. Plenty of independent companies are now crafting all-natural products that are ethical, don’t test on animals and have your child’s best interests in mind.

 

Filter Your Water

Many people are unaware that even though tap water is treated in a facility, it can still be loaded with a plethora of contaminants. Lab tests have previously found the presence of heavy metals, traces of pharmaceuticals, viruses, parasites, pesticides, sewage sediment and chlorine in tap water – ick! Fortunately, installing a water filtration system in your home has never been easier. You can either fit one under your kitchen sink or opt for an entire house solution, which will ensure that you have purified water for drinking, bathing and cleaning.

 

Bust the Dust

Dust is the silent predator in our homes that, if not tackled regularly, can cause a range of health issues. Infants are 100 times more susceptible to developing chronic health problems from dust pollutants than adults so if you have a young bub at home, it’s time to act. Make sure to use a HEPA-filter vacuum in your home at least once a week, and wipe down dusty surfaces with a wet cloth.

 

Cut Out BPA

BPA is a chemical that’s frequently used in food and drink packaging, including plastic drink bottles, plastic food storage containers and canned food containers. Studies over the past 20 years have linked BPA to a range of health concerns that mostly impact young children and fetuses. When you head to the store, try to avoid buying products in plastic packaging as much as possible. Switch out your child’s drink bottle for one that’s BPA free and store leftover food in glass containers rather than plastic ones.

 

No Shoes in the House

Research has found that about 40% of shoes carry the C. diff bacteria, which can lead to a host of potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal issues. Alarmingly, some strains are even resistant to antibiotics. To protect your family from nasty bacteria, get into the habit of taking your shoes off before entering your home. This is especially relevant if you have toddlers crawling about the floor on a regular basis!

 

Every parent wants what’s best for their child. While it’s impossible to avoid all chemicals entirely, the tips above will help you significantly reduce your family’s exposure to them. As long as you’re mindful of the products you use in your home and maintain a regular cleaning routine, you can be confident that you’re doing your best to keep your little ones happy, healthy and safe from harmful toxins.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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