Protecting Your Child from Toxic Chemicals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Detoxing Your Child’s Room

When you find out you’re pregnant, one of the first tasks ahead of you before welcoming your bundle of joy is preparing your baby’s room with all the necessary baby items you will need. The necessary supplies may include a crib, mattress, toys, changing table, clothing drawer, clothes, and even sometimes a fresh coat of paint or new carpeting to complete the room. As a parent, you want to make sure that your baby’s bedroom is not only cute and decorated just as you wanted, but you want it to be completely safe for your child. However, this may not be the case, as many of the basic kid’s furniture, clothing, and other bedroom accessories could be producing harmful toxins that could impact the health of your child. Thus, learning what items could be potentially dangerous to your child and finding alternative items to use that reduce the risk to your child is vital in ensuring your child’s ‘safe place’ really fits the bill.

Harmful Chemicals in our Environment for Children

Children today are exposed to thousands of environmental toxins that can in return lead to lasting health problems and illness in children. More than 85,000 new chemicals have been brought to the market by the chemical manufacturing industry since 1950. And our children are not spared from these toxic chemicals, with many manufacturers using these chemicals in consumer products such as soaps, shampoos, children’s clothing, toys, and furniture. Unfortunately, parents almost have to be professional detectives to figure out what is safe to have around their child. And trust me, with the confusing labels and hidden ingredients, the task of ensuring your child is safe from toxic products is unimaginably difficult. Some of the most common chemicals to look out for that are found in many baby & children’s products include flame retardants, phthalates, high-risk pesticides, formaldehyde, VOCs, & BPA/BPS.

Impact of Toxic Chemicals on Children’s Health

Children go wherever they please, and most of the time to the dismay of the parent who tries to shield their child from areas and things in their home they deem unsafe. Not only do kids manage to find themselves in mysterious areas in your home, but because of the increased vulnerability present to them, they can become exposed to even more environmental risks including chemicals in the environment. Children typically have a higher intake of air, water, and food in relation to their body weight, which can be a key factor in their increased risk of toxic chemical exposure. And with their immature, underdeveloped body system, they may be less able to process and eliminate chemicals in their environment. Also, children are always on the go, crawling on the floor, and touching almost every surface in your home. As you could suspect, chemicals are most likely accumulated on the surface of these items from either cleaners or manufactured chemicals on the item, and once your child is exposed to this chemical the toxins can start to potentially create an impact on your child’s health. Studies conducted on the health effects that occur from chemical exposure in children have shown suboptimal neurodevelopment, as well as a predisposition to asthma from long-term exposure to chemicals.

How to Protect Your Kids from Toxic Chemicals

In your child’s environment, there are different means you can take to reduce and eliminate chemicals. A step-by-step guide on how best to detox chemicals from your child’s bedroom can help you combat toxic chemicals. We are going to go item-by-item and provide you with ways to mitigate the toxins and provide your child with a safe environment, free of toxic chemicals!

Carpeting

Installing carpet in your child’s room may seem like the safest choice for your child but are there potential dangers looming within the fabric of the carpet that you may not be aware of? Chemicals like VOCs, PBDEs, and Phthalates are commonly present in carpeting and can then be released into the environment and into the air flow. And that’s not all! Carpeting also acts as a breeding ground for unwanted allergens and particles like dust, mold, mildew, pet dander, and chemicals expelled by cleaners used on the carpet that settle into the fibers. Do you really want your baby crawling on a surface that harbors a plethora of chemicals and allergens that could affect their health? In a study conducted on the levels of PBDEs found in toddlers due to carpeting, Sonya Lunder, MPH, a senior analyst with Environmental Working Group, found that toddlers have three times the PBDEs in their blood, that their mothers had. This data can be associated with the amount of time spent on the ground, as toddlers are on the ground more and have their hands in their mouth, ingesting chemicals found on the surface.

As a parent, what do you do? Do you strip the carpeting out completely and install a better flooring option such as wood, cork or ceramic tile? Or is there a way you can save your carpet from these toxins and protect your child? The EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator was designed to safely and effectively remove odors, fragrances, and a broad spectrum of chemicals that are present on any water-safe surface. The EnviroKlenz technology works to break down the chemicals and fragrances and destroy it at the source. Sounds perfect for your child’s carpet, right? Simply vacuum up any debris from your rug by doing a thorough vacuum job. Blot the carpeting with a wet towel, soaking it with warm, clean water. Rinse the towel and soak up any excess water, leaving the area damp. Pour EnviroKlenz on the area until saturated. It works best to apply pressure to the area by standing/walking on the treated area and allow the product to sit for 15 minutes. Use a clean, absorbent towel to soak up any excess water and repeat till dry. Once the area is dried, vacuum up any remaining residue.

Furniture

1 in 6 children suffer from neurodevelopment disorders, and research suggests PBDEs and other flame retardants are likely playing a role in the increasing rates of these disorders. And the likely culprit of these PBDEs to your child…. their furniture (even your child’s mattress!)is a potential major contributor to high levels of PBDEs in their environment. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is a type of flame retardant that has been linked to a variety of scary health conditions such as cancer, reproductive problems, and impaired fetal brain development. Eekkk! You may be wondering, why in the world would companies and manufacturers use these dangerous chemicals in products that are sold to children? Flame retardant chemicals decrease the ability of materials to ignite, which yes, is important but there has to be a safer more effective method to use. Many companies have now turned to offering other products and furniture without flame retardants, so make sure to look for furniture that fits the bill of being chemical free of flame retardants and other toxic chemicals.

Clothing

Did you know that there are more than 8,000 chemicals used in the textile industry? We are so concerned with the chemicals that we ingest, but people fail to realize that chemicals can be absorbed through the skin (the largest organ system that absorbs everything it comes into contact with).  And with the staggeringly low regulations implemented in regard to chemicals used in clothing, it should be a major concern for parents. Even natural fabrics can be heavily tailored with chemicals because many chemical treatments take place after the garment has been created. The list of possible chemicals used in the treatment process of your child’s clothes include:

  • Ammonia
  • Caustic soda
  • Dioxin-producing bleach
  • Formaldehyde to prevent shrinkage
  • Halogens and bromines
  • PVC-based ink, azo-aniline, and petrochemical dyes
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and Phthalates

With the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer, you can dress your child in your favorite outfits without the added worry of chemical exposure to your child. EnviroKlenz technology is used in our Laundry Enhancer to work deep into the fabric to come into contact with a broad spectrum of toxic chemicals and noxious odors to eliminate them at the source of the fabric. Simply add the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in your laundry cycle with a regular, non-scented detergent on a warm water, high agitation cycle. This non-toxic, safe enhancer will give you the peace of mind that your child’s clothes are safe and chemical-free.

Air

Lastly, the air quality in your child’s environment can play a critical role in the overall health of your child, especially children with asthma. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to improve your child’s environment and ensuring the air quality is clean and safe for your child to breathe in. Indoor air, according to the EPA, is two to five times more contaminated than the outdoor air, which can lead you to see the major potential health concerns for your child in the environment. Fortunately, there is a simple method you can implement for improving your child’s indoor air, all starting in their bedroom. An air purification system could be the simple step in the overall removal of toxins in your child’s air. Air purifiers work to filter the indoor air using an effective filtration process, many air filters use different filtration methods to achieve this elimination. The EnviroKlenz Mobile System uses a patented earth mineral technology that works to capture and break down a broad spectrum of chemicals and odors that come into contact with the EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge. This air system also uses a hospital-grade HEPA filter that captures particulate matter 0.3 microns or larger for double filtration of both toxic chemicals and fine particulate matter from your air.

Protecting your child and their environment from toxic chemicals is an important job for parents. With the plethora of potential health risks associated with children and exposure to toxic chemicals, knowing the culprits in your child’s room can help you to detox your baby’s room of chemicals and make their safe place, completely safe!

If you have any questions specifically about how to detect symptoms of mold in your home, check out our helpful article dedicated to this harmful issue.

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