By Aradhana Pandey:
Children are precious — and they are also extremely vulnerable. Childhood is when their immunity takes shape, and any issue during this phase can have serious consequences to their health in the long run. As parents, you endeavor to protect your children and to ensure their health isn’t compromised. However, even though you are careful, there are some toxins that sneak their way into your children’s bodies.
- Breast milk
We are not saying that breast milk contains toxins. In fact, it is one of the purest sources of nutrition for your child. But, for working mothers, or those who can’t be available to feed their babies all the time, pumping milk and storing it for the baby seems to be the most convenient option. However, the bottles used might not be safe: they may contain Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, which is a carcinogenic compound. Mostly found in plastic bottles, it is found to seep into food. It is toxic, which is why it’s harmful to your baby; so, ensure that your baby’s bottle is sterilized and safe to use.
The time when your baby is teething can be unsettling both for your baby and you, given that the baby is uncomfortable. This is when you would put teethers to good use. However, per a report published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, an analysis of 59 baby teethers in the U.S. startlingly revealed that all of them contained BPA or bisphenol-S or bisphenol-F. They also contained various parabens and antimicrobials such as triclosan and triclocarban. Simply put, the fact that these teethers are chewed on by babies for hours means that these harmful chemicals make their way into their bodies and cause serious health issues such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, and reproductive disorders.
- Drinking water
This is one of the most common ways in which toxins reach your children’s bodies. Contaminated water can result in extremely dangerous consequences. It could lead to learning disabilities, hyperactivity, hearing problems, even anemia. Per the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the maximum allowable lead content in drinking water is a weighted average of 0.25 percent. However, if numbers are to be taken into account, the estimates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would come across as alarming: more than 500,000 children in the U.S. are exposed to lead.
- Sanitizers and antibacterial wipes
Most of you would be of the opinion that both hand sanitizers and wipes are the best way to keep your baby clean and free of germs and other harmful stuff. The reality is that these products are supposed to protect your child, but actually have enough toxic material to cause a lot of harm. According to the FDA, chemicals (such as triclosan) used in these products could trigger hormonal side effects, or even make bacteria stronger.
- Baby food
If you think that packaged baby foods are convenient, here’s some food for thought. Elements such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and uranium, mainly from their raw materials, can cause irreversible harm to your baby’s health. Most of the top selling baby foods have been found to contain more arsenic than what is permissible. What is of the most concern is the presence of arsenic in the rice used by baby food producers.
Fighting toxins isn’t child’s play, but what your child is playing with might be laden with toxins. For example, most toys are glued together with toxic glues. Considering that, for most children, playing is equivalent to chewing or licking toys, it’s not hard to calculate how these toxins get into their bodies. Even your children’s furry buddies aren’t all that good. Stuffed animals could be hiding a whole lot of for dust, allergy triggers, lice and other pathogens, so it’s best to be careful.
Yep, your little poppy pants needs to wear diapers to ensure there’s no uncomfortable “leakage’’ while you’re going out, but did you know that these diapers also could be storing toxins? They come with a plastic lining inside, which could contain BPA. These harmful toxins, coupled with dioxin, a carcinogen found in diapers, could cause not just skin irritation but also asthma.
Now that you know that even everyday products like bottles and diapers are dangerous for your baby’s health, make a wise choice and check the labels they come with so that you have a better understanding of how safe they are to use. After all, your baby’s well-being is of utmost importance, and nothing is worth risking his/her health. Choose products wisely, so that your baby’s health isn’t compromised.
Aradhana is a writer from India. Her areas of knowledge include parenting, children with special needs, health and lifestyle. She loves being outdoors, and her hobbies include cycling and hiking. She has a special interest in children with special needs and parenting, and shares her experiences through her other passion, writing. She writes to share her knowledge so that it may help others. Her posts on these subjects have been published in more than 250 various reputed sites like the Huffington Post and SheKnows, http://www.momjunction.com/. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.