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6 Ways to Reduce Your Child's Exposure to Toxins

toxins and healthy kids

6 ways to reduce toxins for your kids

Having a kid brings the whole question of toxins in the environment into sharper focus for parents. I rarely thought about what was in my shampoo before I was pregnant and I had never considered the air quality in my city before my son was born.

Today, Meredith Melnick of Time’s Healthland reported on news from the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the 5 ways they recommend reducing your toxin exposure. I’ve adapted it to be specific to kids, and added other suggestions to the list. Do you have any to you can add as well?


  • Look at your beauty products 1 of 6
    Look at your beauty products
    Cosmetic chemicals add up over time and can compound in our bodies -- even before our babies are born. Check out the Environmental Working Group's website http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ to look up your little one's, and your own (especially if you're pregnant).
  • Get the dust out 2 of 6
    Get the dust out
    Particles of pesticides and flame retardants hang out in the dust in your house. Vacuum and dust regularly.
  • Use non toxic paint 3 of 6
    Use non toxic paint
    Choose low or non-VOC paints for your home. Most brands have a line especially made for this. Note: generally, the glossier the paint, the higher the VOC content.
  • Watch pesticides 4 of 6
    Watch pesticides
    Consider pesticide free fruits and veggies, especially when you're eating the "dirty dozen."
  • Get rid of bpa where you can 5 of 6
    Get rid of bpa where you can
    Use bpa-free tupperware and make sure not to leave plastic water bottles in the sun or microwave in anything plastic.
  • Look into mattress chemicals 6 of 6
    Look into mattress chemicals
    Mattresses are treated with a lot of strong chemicals, so if budget allows, check out options for green mattresses.

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