Safe, healthy air for newborn babies and children

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If you have a baby or toddler in your house, chances are you have thought of everything possible to keep them safe and comfortable: A crib, toys, soft blankets, warm clothes, healthful food. But have you stopped to evaluate whether the air your child is breathing is clean and safe?

Indoor spaces tend to trap pollutants, so it’s not uncommon to find high levels of unhealthful particles in homes and offices. The Environmental Protection Agency says indoor air pollution can be as much as eight times worse than outdoor pollution. Everyday household items may be partly to blame, according to this article.

Young children are very sensitive to pollutants in the air. They grow quickly, and they need clean air to help them develop properly. In fact, exposure to dirty air can be downright dangerous for children. A study published by the American Thoracic Society says dirty air can increase the risk of infants developing bronchiolitis, a respiratory infection. Babies with this condition often need to be hospitalized. The March of Dimes warns that polluted air can worsen asthma symptoms for young children.

If you are pregnant, your developing baby is sensitive to pollutants in the air you are breathing. Researchers at Harvard found that pregnant women exposed to high levels of some pollutants were twice as likely to have an autistic child, compared with peers on low-pollution areas. You can read more about that study here.

Consider some of the particles in your air that could be harming your child’s health: Cleaning chemicals, scented sprays, odors from carpets or drapes, smoke, paint odors, sawdust, allergens, germs, pollution from traffic on nearby roadways — the list goes on and on. And if you and your child are indoors most of the day, you are both breathing the same chemicals and particles over and over, increasing your exposure to them.

Make sure your child is breathing clean air by following these steps:

1.)    Plug in an AirRestore Whole Home System. It will help keep indoor air clean by removing particles in the air that shouldn’t be there — pollution, allergens, germs and odors. Another benefit of the Air Naturalizer is it can help remove odors from diapers, dirty clothes, spoiled milk and spit-up.

2.)    Ensure there is proper ventilation in your home, especially in the nursery. Open windows (if the air outside is clean and safe to breathe) to flush out stale air, and use a fan to circulate fresh air throughout the home.

3.)    Watch out for VOCs and SVOCs. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) include formaldehyde, and are emitted by building materials and paint. Some fabrics and mattresses contain flame retardants and release SVOCs (semivolatile organic compounds), which stick to dust in the air, making them more likely to be inhaled. These particles can harm the brain and nervous system. To reduce the levels of these compounds in your home, check labels on home furnishings and cleaning products before buying them, and look for ones that say “Low VOCs” or “No VOCs.”

4.)    Become best friends with baking soda and vinegar. These two household items are safe and effective tools for cleaning sinks, bathtubs and more. They also are great at removing odors. Stick an open box of baking soda in your fridge to keep it smelling fresh. Soak a piece of white bread in vinegar, place it in a bowl, and leave it overnight in an area of your house that smells bad.

Why pets make babies healthier

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Why pets make babies healthier

 

When a new baby comes into the home, one of the first things you think about is what is or is not safe for my baby? Often, having your beloved pets continue living in your home is questioned once your little bundle of love arrives.

But fear not! It has been reported by researchers in the journal Pediatrics, that babies who grow up in a home with a pet – namely a dog or a cat – are less likely to get sick than children who live pet-free.

Previous research has supported the same findings in addition to children having lower risk of allergies. Even over sanitizing your house is not in the best interest of your baby. A recent study in mice found that overexposure to household dust from homes with a dog actually prevented infection with a common respiratory virus that’s thought to increase asthma in children.

We know, we know… how can this be? It feels like it goes against everything we’ve been told. How do pets really protect against these diseases?

“We think the exposure to pets somehow matures the immune system so when the child meets the microbes, he might be better prepared for them,” says Dr. Eija Bergroth, a pediatrician at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland who led the current study.

Basically by allowing our children to be exposed to these things while they’re young, it gives them a chance to build up immunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. What it comes down to is that you don’t need to get rid of your pet because you are having a new baby join your family. Pets are family too and they actually contribute to the overall health of your baby. What fantastic news!

Autism and Air Pollution: A column takes a look at the link between the two

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A recent column in an Ohio newspaper looks at news that connects autism and air pollution indoors . Indoor air pollution, ranked as one of the top five environmental public health risks, is especially heinous because it exists in the spaces where we spend the most time.

David Simon writes in The Vindicator, “because the problems caused are not always easily recognized or produce immediate impacts on health, the general public continues to assume that our homes, offices, schools, day-care and senior centers are safe. If only they were.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we are breathing indoors often has two to five times the levels of pollution of outdoor air. And it’s not uncommon to find indoor air with much higher levels. Why? Because modern buildings are tightly sealed and cut off from nature’s method of cleaning the air. Pollutants from the activities we do, items we use and toxins that seep in from outdoors tend to accumulate.

We are already seeing signs from previous studies that this build-up of contaminants in indoor air is bad enough for adults. But new research points to the possibility that it could be linked to the development of autism in babies before they are born.

The good news is that something can be done about this problem. We can reduce the risk by making sure expectant mothers have fresh air to breathe. And we can reduce the risk of myriad other health risks for everyone by using technology to bring indoor air to a more natural, balanced state.

AirRestore’s developers are passionate about improving indoor air quality for everyone. Our researchers have known all along that it’s vital to have fresh indoor air to breathe. That’s why they’ve worked hard to bring us the technology at work in Air Naturalizers.

As David Simon writes in his column for The Vindicator, “Outside of occupational exposure to pollutants, the air quality within a person’s home plays the largest role in health and well-being. This becomes especially critical during the months of a woman’s pregnancy. This should be a major wake-up call for us as a community.”

You can read more of David’s insightful column here.

Clean air is crucial for daycare centers

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How clean is the air in your child’s day care center? Is it clean enough for young children to be breathing every day? Harmful contaminants build up quickly indoors. Everything from outdoor air pollution to off-gassing from carpets to allergens and germs can accumulate in the home, causing all kinds of problems. Clean air and daycare centers is an important concern for parents.

Exposure to dirty air can be dangerous for babies. A study published by the American Thoracic Society says dirty air can increase the risk of infants developing bronchiolitis, a serious respiratory infection.

Dirty air and asthma: The March of Dimes says polluted air can worsen symptoms for young children with asthma.

Air contaminants and autism: Harvard researchers found pregnant women who were exposed to certain pollutants at high levels were twice as likely to have an autistic child compared to pregnant women who lived in areas with low pollution levels. You can read more about that study here.

The AirRestore Air Naturalizer can help keep air clean for babies and children by removing the particles that shouldn’t be there — like pollution, allergens, bacteria and particles that cause odors.

Other great uses for AirRestore in homes with small children:

Diaper duty: Using an AirRestore Air Naturalizer is a great way to stay on top of baby-related odors, like those around the garbage and the stinky diaper pail. For a baby who spits up frequently, the Air Naturalizer also can be the perfect way to keep those dirty-laundry smells under control.

Got a smelly pile of shoes at the door? Plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer to keep the odor at bay.

Spilled milk: Remove the smell from carpet or upholstery by placing the Air Naturalizer face-down over the spot for several minutes. If the spill has been there for a few days, spray a mist of water over it, then use the Air Naturalizer to pull the odors out of the fabric.