The younger children are the faster their rate of growth and the bigger the dangers. Their immune system is still developing, and rapid growth is an additional strain on it. Due to this, children are particularly susceptible to environmental pollutants, and that makes them more likely to develop allergies and other conditions. The chemicals and toxins that are common to most homes can be particularly dangerous. Children tend to play on the floor, where the residue from these substances collects and developmentally they put things that they shouldn’t into their mouths. Additionally, children, in proportion to their mass, inhale much more air than adults do, which makes each contaminant much more harmful.
Parents can limit their children’s exposure to these harmful substances with just five changes:
Soap and water are more than enough for cleanliness. Antibacterial products actually have a chemical, toxic triclosan, which can hinder thyroid function and cause other issues. Also, some evidence suggests antibacterial cleansing can hinder the development of young immune systems.
Prefer clothing and bedding made from organic cotton. Flame-retardant clothing and bedding sounds safer, but the chemicals used to achieve that quality have been linked to a wide array of health issues, including developmental issues in the brain. If you or your child's mattress is treated with flame retardants, consider replacing it with a mattress consisting of natural materials, such as organic cotton or wool.
Always use natural bug repellents rather than resort to commercial pesticides. Pesticides include harsh chemicals that can harm children, including causing genetic changes and blocking the absorption of nutrients. Some research has even linked pesticides to childhood leukemia and various birth defects. Keep in mind that natural alternatives to pesticides are not necessarily safe to ingest, especially for children.
Avoid using air fresheners. Strive for actual clean air that smells great on its own. Commercial air fresheners include formaldehyde and hormone-disrupting phthalates, and contribute to air pollution indoors. Dust regularly and use a HEPA air purifier to create an environment that is naturally clean and great smelling.
Use natural alternatives to commercial, chemical-based cleaners. Most commercial cleaners have components that can cause respiratory issues. Natural options include baking soda, vinegar and even soap and warm water. Baking soda is an excellent all-natural scrubbing paste, and vinegar has antibacterial properties and a short-lived smell.
Achieve a Healthy Home with Clean Air
Keeping indoor air clean is not always easy, especially for parents. Unfortunately, indoor air pollution is extremely dangerous, especially for our children. What you might not know is that our indoor air quality is much more polluted than the outdoor air due to higher concentration levels.
Fortunately, you do not have to settle for this in your own home. The solution is a powerful HEPA air purifier, which is cost-effective and quiet too. A HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of all airborne particulates as small as 0.3 microns, including all dust, animal dander, dust mites and mold spores. In addition to HEPA, an air purifier that contains high-capacity activated carbon helps eliminate volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as gaseous chemicals, vapors and odors. The combination of a HEPA filter + activated carbon not only ensures optimal air quality, it also reduces the triggers for allergies and asthma.
There is no good reason to let your children breathe air that can inhibit growth and damage them long term. To help overcome these dangers, the use of a HEPA air purifier can make a major difference. So what are you waiting for? Purchase your HEPA air purifier today.
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