Why avoiding unsafe plastics and knowing what goes into the products we buy is so important! –
Exposure to the hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) during rodents’ development significantly increases their risk of being severely overweight in later life, a study review found. BPA exposure also raises fat levels in the blood, the research adds – previous studies have found this increases the risk of heart disease. These results occur even when BPA exposure occurs in amounts below the recommended levels. Known as the gender-bending chemical for its effects on male breast growth, the researchers believe BPA may cause obesity by altering the hormones responsible for fat metabolism.
Source: Chemical in baby bottles increase the risk of obesity | Daily Mail Online
Why the best thing accompanying baby in the cot is… nothing! –
Some UK retailers have stopped selling baby sleep positioners amid concerns over their safety. A US health regulator said they “can cause suffocation that can lead to death” and have been linked to 12 infant deaths in the US. The positioners, aimed at infants under six months, are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping. Mothercare and Tesco have stopped selling sleep positioners but they are still available from other retailers.Ebay has also reportedly removed the product from its website after the US authority’s recommendation.
Source: Baby sleep positioners dropped by shops after deaths warning – BBC News
Worrying research on the harmful effects of the chemicals used in the products we use daily. Why it pays to get to know the products we purchase –
The more flame retardants a pregnant woman is exposed to, the greater the chances her child will have lower intelligence. A new paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives calculated that every tenfold increase in exposure to chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) was linked to a 3.7 point decline in IQ test scores in children. This potential effect is significant. By comparison, a tenfold increase in prenatal exposure to lead—a notorious neurotoxin—is associated with a 7 point decline in intelligence scores in children.
Source: Childhood Intelligence Harmed by Flame Retardant Exposure, Study Shows
Yet another reason to move to the country! –
Many parents, quite reasonably, worry about germs and dirt finding their way into a child’s mouth. But many have also heard in recent years of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that some exposure to germs and microorganisms in early childhood is actually good for us because it helps develop the immune system. A 2013 Swedish study, for example, showed that children whose parents just sucked their pacifiers clean had a lower risk of developing eczema.
When we talk about the hygiene hypothesis, the collection of theories that address the possible problems that can be associated with growing up less exposed to germs and dirt, we are essentially talking about growing up indoors. We’re talking about living in a world of relatively clean and controlled surfaces, where even small children who are constantly picking things up and putting them in their mouths are not going to come into contact with a very wide variety of exposures.
“The built environment is the place in which our children grow up,” said Jack Gilbert, the director of the Microbiome Center and a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago. He was one of the authors of a well-known 2016 study in The New England Journal of Medicine which compared the immune profiles of Amish children, growing up on small single-family farms, and Hutterite children, who are similar genetically but grow up on large, industrialized farms. The Amish, living in an environment described as “rich in microbes,” or alternatively, full of barnyard dust, had strikingly low rates of asthma.
Source: Too Clean for Our Children’s Good? – The New York Times
Nothing beats fresh air! –
The scented candle has become a favourite gift, used to freshen living rooms or add a gentle glow to bathtimes. But that flickering flame might not seem quite so relaxing once you know it is spreading pollution around your home. Candles release carbon and metal particles which could raise the risk of heart and lung problems, a study has warned. The scented candle has become a favourite gift, used to freshen living rooms or add a gentle glow to bathtimes. But the US study found burning candles of any type in the home increases particles of pollution by 30 percent – and opening doors and windows does very little to help.
Source: Are scented candles polluting your home? | IOL