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How to Make Sure Your Child Breathes Healthy Classroom Air

By Fredrica Syren:

How sure are you that your child’s classroom is filled with education, not harmful chemicals or dust? As a parent, it’s so important to be your children’s advocate and to make sure their schools, especially the classrooms, do not contain anything that may pose a health risk.

Make sure the air in the classrooms is clean and healthy. Here is a checklist for things to look out for:

Clutter — Clutter causes dust, which can be a trigger for some children, so make sure clutter is cleaned up and that the room gets dusted at least occasionally.

Fresh Air — We all need fresh air to stay awake and alert, so make sure ventilators are working and are not covered. Make certain the room gets aired out often.

Cleaning products used — It’s a fact that many cleaning products are filled with chemicals that create toxic air. This is extremely harmful for anyone, but especially for a child whose organs are still growing and developing. Make sure only nontoxic cleaning supplies are being used in the classroom.

Hand soaps — Kids go to the bathroom and hopefully wash their hands. Make sure hand soap at school is chemical free, dye free and unscented — not antibacterial.

Air freshener — Some schools use air fresheners for those not-so-nice-smelling bathrooms, but these may be very harmful to inhale. Check what the school is using and whether or not the products contain chemicals. Since they usually are respiratory irritants, I would request that the school not use these products at all if possible.

Remember that checking these elements can make a healthier school environment that will contribute to your child’s ability to learn.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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