Thank you reader Max for your question on facebook: “Environmental and food toxins. What should we be most vigilant about? Where can we be most effective in protecting our kids?”
Here is one thing you can start immediately to reduce environmental toxin exposure in your home. Many more tips to come.
Environmental Working Group’s “Healthy Home Tips for Parents”‘
EPA’s Ten Tips to Protect Children from Chemical and Lead Poisoning”
Please leave additional topic ideas and suggestions for the Seattle Mama Doc video series as comments at Seattle Mama Doc 101: Introduction.
Rob L says
I am surprised to see the EWG recommend fluoride-free water be used to make infant formula. Despite recent concerns, fluoride supplementation has been a wonderful public health measure and is stll recommend by the AAP.
I am also surprised EWG skips the most obvious way to protect your children from toxins with KNOWN (not just suspected) adverse effects: do not allow smoking in your home, and parents should quit smoking altogether.
Thanks for posting this! I agree that no shoes in the house is a tradition that is overdue in the US. We’re going to have to work on getting the kid’s shoes off every time we come in the house, but it’s a good habit to start now.
As the parent of a teether, articles about how hormone-mimicking compounds are being found in lots of types of plastic (and even some glass containers) are concerning. How freaked out should this make me? Should I start whittling all of his toys out of organic wood?