Dr. Mercola recently highlighted four key factors that can compromise your baby’s health.
- Poor gut health
- Insufficient vitamin D
- Exposure to genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- Flame retardant chemicals
I’ve blogged about the first three on numerous occasions, but “flame retardant chemicals” have previously been included in the grand and all-encompassing category of environmental toxins. However in utero exposure to these polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) has now been linked to effects on thyroid function and associated learning and behaviour problems in children. PBDEs are fire-retardant chemicals that have been in use for decades in items like carpeting, upholstery, mattresses, baby strollers and electronics. Something to keep in mind when you’re choosing furniture, bedding or baby buggy or when setting up your home-office.
The Australian Government has issued a comprehensive fact sheet on PDBEs and the following are their recommendations: What can I do to reduce PBDEs at home?
Articles and materials are not labelled to indicate the presence of PBDEs or other substances. Therefore, it is not recommended that you remove products that could potentially contain flame retardants from your home. Good housekeeping, particularly removing dust, is a good place to start. You can do this by:
· regularly vacuuming floors
· damp dusting and wiping surfaces of equipment
· allowing adequate ventilation and good air flow, particularly in rooms with computers
· regularly cleaning air conditioners and heater inlets and vents.
Ensuring optimal nutritional status (think high-potency probiotic, together with specific nutritional supplementation to ensure optimal detoxification) is another important safety measure. More information on best products for the job at Jan's Picks and in Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby.