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Making Nontoxic Environment for Your Children

Eventually, there comes a time in life where you have to settle down and create a better living environment for your family. Especially if the baby is on the way, there are lots of things to work on; starting with the nursery, you will have to baby-proof your entire home. Start with one thing at a time, and work your way throughout the home. If you are left without any ideas, you can always look online for some extra work. Here are some of the things you might have missed that have to be done.

Control the temperature

Most of your house should be well-lighted, and enough sun light should come into your home. But, during the summer heat, you have to protect your home from sun’s exposure. Children and babies function in the same way as adults, but need extra protection. Overheating is a potential problem, and if the room temperature is above normal, your infant is exposed to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). A study has shown that by placing a ceiling fan, you reduce the risk of SIDS by 72%. Dress your windows and reduce the amount of heat generated within your house. Heavy blinds or double-glazed windows are both a great option.

Improve the air quality

Having many windows in your house means you can refresh the air within it. If not done several times during the day, the air becomes stale and starts smelling. Consider getting Oransi air purifiers, especially if you have problems with local sewer and smells within your home. Make sure your house walls and floor are dry. If you have problems with moist, call a home repair center and let the professionals take care of it. Your job is to ensure your house has enough fresh and quality air.

Wooden furniture

Most furniture pieces are made of plywood, pressed wood and chipboard. These materials are compressed together and glued into boards. After a while sitting on furniture made out of these, they tend to emit toxic gas, such as formaldehyde, an indoor air pollutant found within the glues. Formaldehyde is responsible for many infant diseases, such as asthma and other respiratory tract diseases. Solid wood furniture is easily recognized by its water-based finishes. So the next time you go shopping for furniture, stay on the lookout for solid wood.

Toys can be toxic

Most of your children and especially babies tend to play with their toys. As you may already know, babies love putting toys in their mouth. This makes most toys a source of common toxic exposure. Phthalates, which can be found in soft vinyl toys, lead in paints and plastics are very hazardous. Also, toys with batteries can be hazardous, especially if your child takes out the battery. The most efficient way of preserving your child’s health is by replacing all plastic toys with plush or wooden ones.

Keep the electronics away

Even though we live in the 21st century, you can still protect your children from radioactivity produced from electronic devices. One way of doing it is by removing all electronic devices from your child’s room. If you have a baby, nursery should be electronics-free at all time. This goes for TVs, PCs, iPods and smartphones, and any other device that produces radioactive waves. Since your children spend most of their time in their rooms, replacing electronics and gadgets with toys is a smart choice. At least until they are old enough and there is nothing you can do to stop them.
Creating a healthy environment for your child to grow in is essential for its health and proper development. Do everything you can, and invest your time and resources into creating a nontoxic environment. It will be as healthy for you as it will be for them.


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