All I want is… Healthy Child(ren) in a Healthy World #HealthyBaby

BNy-TfaCIAI6bpW.png_largeWith all my children, I relied on Healthy Child, Healthy World to keep my abreast on the latest findings and ways to raise my children in a healthy world.  When I first saw A Wake-Up Story http://bit.ly/16PCfNV many many years ago, I was alarmed.  We are learning more and more about the dangers of the chemicals we are exposed to daily.  While I cannot completely bubble my children from these harmful exposures, I am grateful for organizations like Healthy Child, Healthy World, who can be a reliable source of information to create a healthy environment for my kids.
Over the past few years I have hosted several Healthy Child, Healthy World home parties.  These home parties were developed to give moms like us a platform to share parenting ideas and rally our friends around topics that resonate deeply with all of us. They share tips and advice for creating a toxin-free home environment for our kids, ingredients to avoid, and introduced us to so many amazing products.

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Why care about chemicals?

  • There are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S., but comprehensive pre-market safety testing of these chemicals is not required under any federal law.
    • In the European Union (EU), 1,328 chemicals have been banned for use in personal care products. Shockingly in the U.S., only 11 chemicals have been banned or restricted by the FDA. The primary U.S. law that regulates chemicals in everyday products hasn’t been updated in more than 35 years.
    • Scientific evidence continues to point to the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives as causing or contributing to the rise in childhood behavioral disorders and diseases.
    • A sad fact, cancer is now the leading cause of child-related death in the U.S., exceeded only by injury.

The effect of chemicals on children:

  • Kids are even more susceptible to the risks of chemical exposures than adults; their smaller body size and rapid physical development make them more vulnerable to exposure to pesticide residues and other chemicals.
  • Studies have shown that children begin environmental chemical exposure while still in the womb.
  • Environmental chemical exposure persists throughout childhood.
    • In a study of 10 minority newborns, more than 232 chemicals were found in umbilical cord blood.
    • In a study of 10 children’s face paints, all 10 tested positive for lead.
    • Studies have found flame-retardants, bisphenol-A and other environmental chemicals in breast milk.
    • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled children’s toys and jewelry for high lead content.

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Healthy Child, Healthy World offers five simple, affordable actions families can take daily at home to decrease chemical exposure:

  1. Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxics like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Asian families had it right all along, keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
  2. Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download our free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”  My latest addiction is currently my children’s Seventh Generation Baby Shampoo & Body Wash.  During our most recent road trip to Wildwood, New Jersey, I had forgotten to bring my own shampoo and body wash and therefore borrowed my children’s.  My hair instantly felt softer and lighter.  It felt like it had washed off a heavy layer of something that made my hair feel weighed down.  Although I know foam is not an indicator of clean, we love our foam and Seventh Generation Baby Shampoo & Body Wash has such a great foamy lather that goes a LONG way.
  3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows!  Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.
  4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer.
    • Research from the University of Washington suggests you can immediately and dramatically reduce the pesticide content in a child’s body by switching to organic foods.
    • Stonyfield Organic offers an arrangement of foods for babies, kids and adults; pure, delicious organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, ice cream and milk.
    • They are all made without:
      • Synthetic hormones
      • Toxic Persistent Pesticides
      • GMOs
      • Artificial Ingredients
  5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.

Watch the below, short and powerful video.  For more easy steps, visit www.healthychild.org/easysteps. To host your own Healthy Child, Healthy World Home Party  CLICK HERE. Get a $1 off coupon for  your favorite Seventh Generation product.

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GIVEAWAY

We’re giving away a Seventh Generation Gift basket loaded with our favorite products to (1) Lucky Mom Confessionals reader! You must answer the following question: “What simple step or tip do you do to create a safer environment for your child?” to be entered.  You have several additional entry options if you’d like to increase your odds of winning!  ALL ENTRIES ARE CONTAINED WITHIN THE WIDGET.  Good Luck!