Raising healthy kids is an overwhelming undertaking. I know first hand, as I have 3 adult children. I think in many ways it's even harder today, than when my kids were little. There are so many more things we need to protect our children from. Toxic chemicals shouldn't be one of them. Unfortunately, the reality is we are literally surrounded by endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, obesogens, and other serious threats to health. Focus on what you can control. Every small step reducing exposure to toxins can add up over time.
Pajamas, bedding, carseats and foam baby products are often treated with flame retardants. These chemicals can negatively impact health by endocrine disruption, lower IQ, ADD, fertility issues, thyroid levels and cancer. Choose a non-toxic mattress, as your children spend 1/3 of their life on a mattress.
Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Releasers
Formaldehyde can be found in particle board, furniture, and personal care products like shampoo and liquid soaps. It is considered a human carcinogen.
fragrance and parfum
This one is everywhere, but I suggest you start in the laundry room with detergents and fabric softeners. Synthetic fragrance and parfum can contain virtually anything. A loophole allows "trade secret" fragrance formulas to not be included on the ingredient labels. Some common ingredients can include parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks.
Fluoride and heavy metals in drinking water
Do you know what's in your water? If you have children, you can't afford to assume your water is free of flouride, chlorine, mercury, arsenic, lead and more. Have your water tested, and use a quality filtration system for your drinking water and a chlorine filter on your bath/shower faucet if needed.
Pesticides and gmos
Choose organic food for your children. Avoid the processed products with long lists of ingredients you can't pronounce.
The important thing is to read labels, educate yourself, and start with the things you can control.
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