Just How Many Harmful Chemicals Is Baby Exposed To?
A lot, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The organization is proposing that the Toxic Substance Control Act, which was created in 1976 to ban hazardous chemicals, be revised to better protect pregnant women and children. The organization says the regulations in place don’t prohibit nearly enough chemicals from being used. It notes that babies (including unborn ones) and kids are much more vulnerable to some substances than adults are. While the AAP doesn’t mention specific substances to watch out for, we all know there are chemicals in everything from cleaning products and plastics to beauty products (like some nail polish -- eeek!). We wonder what everyday stuff hasn’t been banned yet that could be potentially harmful.
We guess this is why a lot of women we know became neurotic label readers during pregnancy and scrapped their usual cleaning products in favor of chemical-free ones once baby arrived.
How about you: Did pregnancy or parenthood inspire you to switch to more natural products? Or did you stick with your old standbys?
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