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Every Child Needs a Healthy and Safe Home… is Yours?

July 11th, 2014 by Annette

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Once upon a time, the safest place in the world was home. I remember playing outside all day, drinking water from the hose, and mom made a homemade dinner every evening. Times have changed. Now some of the most serious health problems for our children start at home where we are spending up to 90% of our lives. As a concerned parent  you read all the labels, buy the healthiest foods (non-processed, natural, organic), and would do anything to protect your child from harm. How often do you check and maintain the overall health and wellness of your home’s environment? Did you know your home can have hidden toxins that can negatively affect your child’s health?  There are things you cannot see, smell, or taste that can be slowly and constantly affecting your quality of life and health.

The number of children with asthma has doubled in the past 10 years. Since their growing bodies breathe 50% more air than adults, keeping the air clean inside your home is essential for their health, especially during development. Your air can contain allergens like pollen, dust mites and mold as well as irritants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are chemicals used in most products that can easily enter into the air we breathe. The good news is that studies have shown that 65% of asthma cases among elementary school-age children can be prevented by controlling exposure to indoor toxins.

Since babies are being born with over 200 chemicals in their bodies, it’s become even more important to limit their exposure to additional toxins. Their young brains, livers and other organs require a CLEAN source of water to detoxify and eliminate their daily toxic buildup. How safe is your water? If you rely on a government regulated water facility, unfortunately you cannot trust officials to keep the water safe and clean. You need to be concerned with the chemicals used to treat the water (including chlorine and chloromine) and how they can negatively affect your child’s health. If your home uses well water, chances are your water has been contaminated by many toxic substances that have been dumped and continue to be dumped into the soil.  If you and your children enjoy swimming in a pool, you may want to know according to the American Journal of Epidemiology, swimming in traditional and salt water chlorinated pools boosts bladder cancer risk by 57%.  

The surfaces and toys in your home can be harboring bacteria and spreading germs. Children bring their hands to their face about 40-60 times per hour and constantly put toys in their mouth. Having these “high-touch” areas sanitized is essential for improved health and wellness.  This is especially concerning for those who suffer from an autoimmune disease.  Although the causes are unknown, if you have a family member with an autoimmune disease, you may be more susceptible to developing one. There are many theories about what triggers autoimmune diseases, including bacteria or virus, drugs, chemical and environmental irritants.

If you feel like your child is sick all the time or simply concerned about their health and development, you may want to ask yourself a few questions:

Is the air in your home clean and healthy?

Do your children have breathing problems, like asthma?

Is someone in your home allergic to mold?

Do you know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Is there lead anywhere in your home?

Is your tap water safe to drink, cook with, or bathe in?

Do you have household products with chemicals in them that can make you sick?

Do you use bug spray or other products to keep away pests?

Do you use mobile devices and have Wi-Fi setup in your home?

You may want to investigate and consider some simple affordable solutions to help protect your family. We understand that every home is different and each person is unique. That is why we offer many products and services to accommodate any situation or concern. To find out what’s in your home or to get answers, contact a healthEhabitats environmental expert. We are available to provide you with the information you need to make the best choices for you and your family.

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