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.