While many parents are cognizant of the potential risks that lurk around their children, others still find it difficult to adjust to the reality that those familiar and seemingly harmless household products can be potentially deadly.
Such parents capitalize on the misleading product labels that depict them as being “safe for children” or their recommendation by some officials without knowing that there’s more to them than these claims. The truth is that many of these assumed safe products could contain chemicals that are detrimental to physical and mental development of children (The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry).
Some of these things aren’t essential goods, but they get into our homes just because of our crazy consumer habits and unfortunately, many are filled with toxic materials. Thus, we’re constantly exposed to these hidden toxins in our cosmetics, processed food items, baby products, medications, household items, artificial sweeteners. Others include magnets, dental fillings, sodas, kinetic sand, laundry detergents/house-cleaning agents, pesticides, air fresheners, plastic food containers and bottles and even the air we breathe and the water we drink. Here are some of those things that are capable of posing deadly threats to your kids.
As inevitable as drinking water is, it could pose a grave risk to your children as it usually contains fluoride and arsenic. A Harvard study has found a relationship between mental disorders and consumption of fluoridated water as the fluoride implicated in such cases isn’t even the natural element but hydro-fluorosilicic acid – a toxic waste substance produced from the production of some industrial materials. Arsenic, on the other hand, has been associated with a reduced cognitive function in children (source). Thus, it’s advisable to go for natural spring water or get a water filter just for the optimal protection of your kids.
Baby Oils and Oil-Related Materials
Products containing dangerous hydrocarbons such as baby oil, certain hair oils, massage oils, nail-varnish dryers and makeup removers, household lubricants, lamp oil, and some furniture polish are to be locked out of children’s reach. There have been reports of kids dying from accidental hydrocarbon inhalation as the possible outcomes of inhalation or consumption of such items include pneumonia, lung irritation, and death. In the US, there’s a mandate by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that all products containing hydrocarbons should be sold in child-resistant packages.
Most baby powders are talc-based, and talc in its natural form contains asbestos which can cause cancer (American Cancer Society). Unfortunately, a majority of the renowned baby powder producers fail to reveal the potential risks of using their products. However, there are several DIY natural recipes for baby powder which could serve as alternatives.
Here’s another shocker as toys can be extremely dangerous for children. They often contain hazardous constituents like formaldehyde and flame retardants, which have been linked to cancer. Thus, for the safety of your kids, it’s better to go for toys that aren’t made from plastics.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
This food additive is popular for its flavor enhancement but is less known for being an excitotoxin (a substance that can overexcite your cells to the extent of damage or death). Consumption of MSG has been linked to neurological damage, learning disabilities and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Prevention is paramount as a contact with these items is so dangerous. Hence, it’s advisable to be careful with their usage and keep them out of reach of wandering kids. The safety of your children lies in your hands and taking good care of them contributes to the better health of the future generations