Parents want to make sure their homes are the safest possible places for their children. They protect cabinets and electrical outlets, put heavy objects out of the reach of their children, and install fences to keep them contained in a safe spot in the yard. But what you may not realize is the hidden dangers in the air, dangers you can’t always see. They come in various forms including drinkware, cleaning chemicals, and soap in the bathroom. All of these products contain irritants and allergens that can lead to concerns from mild allergic reactions to more serious health problems. Finally, airborne contaminants that cause allergic reactions or outright illness from dust and mold spores can infiltrate the lungs.
What is a parent to do in these circumstances? Plenty! Start by going through your kitchen cabinets and removing anything with Bisphenol A (BPA) in them. While BPA use has been discontinued, you may still have something in your home that has BPA. Change the filters in your home’s HVAC system to reduce the amount of contaminants in the air. Check the bathroom and basement for damp spots that can lead to mold. Discard your commercial cleaning chemicals and switch to less harsher cleaners such as ammonia, borax, baking soda, and vinegar. Switch to low- or fragrance-free soaps to reduce irritation from heavy scents and stay away from antibacterial soaps as they can do more harm than good.
Explore the infographic below to learn more about how you can make your home safe for your children.