Cleaning Products Connected to Health Problems in Children
If you are a parent or you plan to have children, you must be afraid of several health conditions on the rise, such as ADHD, allergies and asthma. If you personally have suffered from allergies and asthma, for instance, you certainly know that these condititions usually are quite irritating, but they can also severely damage your overall health. The studies that have been done earlier this year and we have statistics telling us the situation is not so nice. But, what are the potential causes to this conditions? What can we as parents do to prevent them?
According to some experts, the household cleaning products give off fumes that could increase the risk of developing asthma and exacerbating ADHD symptoms in children. VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) are gases emitted from household cleaners having many side efects: noise and eye irritation, but also CNS damage. Long after the surface has been cleaned, VOCs remain on them. Household cleaning products are used not only in homes, but also in daycare centers and shools. This might be the reason why our kids cannot complete their tasks at home or in school. The presence of the cleaning compounds might get in the way of their learning process, keep them distracted and irritated.
Well, what can we do about it? What is the way to set-up a toxin-free environment that will enable your children to focus on their tasks and learn. Here are some useful and simple tips:
- Ditch toxic household cleaning products you use with non-toxic, safer products. There are many non-toxic and healthier solutions on the market today, including surface cleaners, dish and laundry detergents.
- Avoid air fresheners, anything containing lighter fluid, aerosol sprays, formaldehyde, pesticides, insecticides etc.
- Use non-allergenic detergents, soaps, glues and linens.
- If you still have to use one or more of these toxic products at home, keep them out of reach of children, dispose of and use them according to the manufacturers’ directions.