Baby Toxins

Why Should you Worry about Toxins?

 

toxin free smiling healthy babyWe know that we are surrounded by many more chemical products than our parents were.  Some of those chemical products can be harmful to us, i.e. they are toxins.

There are things we can do to avoid toxins and reduce our exposure to them.

But what about babies?

Babies are more susceptible to the effects of toxins because their DNA is multiplying rapidly as they enter their growth phase of life.

Because your baby grows so rapidly during pregnancy, this is a particularly vulnerable period.

The placenta is permeable to most pollutants, including pesticides, PCBs, perchlorate, bisphenol A (BPA), lead and mercury.

When researchers examined the umbilical cord blood of 10 U.S. babies born during August and September 2004, they found a total of 287 industrial chemicals. Of those, 180 were carcinogens; 217 were toxic to the brain.

Of course, that was a tiny study.  Also, just because a newborn has carcinogenic or neurotoxic chemicals in his cord blood doesn’t mean he’ll develop cancer or have learning difficulties.

After birth, babies will breathe in airborne pollutants and swallow foods containing a myriad of unregulated chemicals that can alter their DNA.

They will be exposed to the toxins in baby products that can be readily absorbed by the skin and exert their effects on the inner machinery of the body.

Toxins in Baby Products?

A study published in the journal Pediatrics in 2008 revealed that babies are routinely exposed to toxins in baby products called phthlates.

Phthlates are a group of industrial chemicals that can cause reproductive damage in infants and babies.  Testing by the Environmental Working Group showed that phthlates can be found in a startling 75% of baby products produced by big name manufacturers – reputable brands like Johnson & Johnson and many others.

(See the Appendix for more details about Phthalates).

But Our Parents Didn’t Worry!

That’s probably quite right, they didn’t worry the way we do about toxins.    I know my mother didn’t.

But there are more chemicals in the food we eat, the plastic products we use and the beauty products we wear, than when our mothers were pregnant.

But We Can’t Live in a Bubble!

Of course we’re not supposed to live in a bubble.

You will not avoid all whiffs of pesticide. You will not avoid all fumes. You won’t avoid every toxin.  You will not avoid every spider/flea/mosquito that wants to bite you.

Still, most of us would prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to our babies.

Choices

The purpose of this report is not to scare you, but to show you choices.

Many toxins can be avoided with just some simple changes.

Fear is paralyzing; knowledge is power.

As a new parent, you probably receive all kinds of well-meaning advice.   And that’s great!

But the best advice of all is to gather as much information as you can, and then listen to what feels right to YOU.

As mothers, we are given a great gift of natural instinct and inner wisdom to know what to do to protect our babies.  As long as you want to create a healthy environment for your baby and are in tune with your intuition, you will know what’s right for you and your baby.

So let go of the stress and worry.

Use this report to find out what you can do.  Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help protect your developing baby’s health.

Then just do the best you can with what feels right to you and the resources you have.  Then let it go and enjoy your baby.

You Can Change Things!

One final thought before we look in detail at what you can do.

The voice of mothers speaking together is one reason we now have BPA-free baby bottles and phthalate-free teethers.

If the thought of toxins in your newborn’s blood brings your own blood to a boil, write a letter, sign a petition or join a group working for an environment in which you can raise your child safely.

 

Appendix -Why Are Phthlates So Toxic for Babies?

Phthlates have been shown to alter sex hormone levels in the body which could lead to early puberty and even increase the risk of breast and prostate cancer later in life. In addition, fetuses exposed to phthlates in utero have a higher risk of birth defects. Because of the ability of phthlates to disrupt hormones, they’re also thought to play a role in metabolic syndrome and obesity. It’s clear that phthlates have the potential to be toxic for babies and shouldn’t be allowed in baby products at any level. In fact, the European Union has banned the use of phthlates in children’s toys due to the risk of health problems.  Only some phthalates are banned in the USA.

Phthlates aren’t the only toxins in baby products. When the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested baby bath products, they found that over half contained dioxanes and formaldehyde, chemicals that are thought to increase the risk of cancer.

 

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