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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a condition frequently diagnosed in children due to a wide range of problems with inattention and impulsiveness. Around 11% of children in the US are diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD, which mostly relates to the delayed development of self-management skills.

All young children are naturally active, impulsive, easily distracted and, at times, can be uncooperative. So how do you know if your child has a problem?

ADHD might be considered if the behaviors:

  • negatively impact several areas of your child’s life in a significant way,
  • are more extensive and extreme from other kids’ typical behavior at the same age, AND
  • this pattern continues for more than 6 months.

If your child is distractible or impulsive like most kids his age and he is doing fine in all areas of life, an ADHD diagnosis is inappropriate. On the other hand, if these issues are pervasive and persistent and they interfere with your child’s life then you are likely desiring to get some help.

What does it mean for your child to have an ADHD diagnosis?

ADHD is a developmental delay primarily of executive function of the brain – a term used to describe the mental capacity to manage one’s life. Executive function resides mostly in the frontal part of the brain and is in continual development from infancy all the way through age 30. Self-management skills include impulse control, planning, problem-solving, time management, coordination, attention, following directions, staying on track and managing emotions.

All children are on an ongoing path to develop executive functioning and to grow up to be able to manage themselves in all aspects of their lives. New brain science suggests that it may take up to around 30 years to fully get there.

Brain science shows that executive functioning is delayed or inefficient in children with ADHD, compared to their peers of the same age. However, an area of the brain that does mature faster than usual in kids with ADHD is the motor cortex. This could explain the restlessness and the strong desire that ADHD kids have to move around like they love to do.

Many children with ADHD have one or more other conditions for a variety of reasons. These may include learning disabilities, tic disorders, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, allergies and severe behavior issues.

Are ADHD medications necessary?

ADHD medications might be helpful for some children, but there are potential, dangerous side effects that can make the risks outweigh the benefits. Medications can manage the symptoms but mask the underlying imbalances and causes that need to be addressed. The good news is that there is a path to wellness and recovery where medications may not be necessary, or only used as a last resort.

Kids do well if they can.

The important thing to recognize is that children with ADHD are challenging not because they are unmotivated, manipulative, willfully defiant or trying to make your life difficult. They are challenging because they are lacking the skills needed to do well. Many kids with ADHD have unique gifts and strengths, and with the right resources and individualized attention, they have the capability to learn and thrive.

Children’s brains are continually reorganizing, and science shows the brain has the capability to rewire itself. There is no question that parenting affects brain development. As their brains are continually developing, all children need help in managing their lives, but kids with ADHD need extra help.

As a certified parenting coach and functional medicine health coach, I can help you:

  • Create a calm, connected relationship with your child
  • Help your child with attention and task management
  • Help your child manage emotions
  • Set priorities and appropriate limits
  • Reduce the stress
  • Resolve sleep issues
  • Learn mindfulness and teach it to your child
  • Get help with the underlying physical issues related to ADHD

Here are some of the underlying physical issues to consider:

  • intestinal dysbiosis and gastrointestinal disorders
  • neurotransmitter imbalances
  • metal and chemical toxicity
  • impaired detoxification
  • nutritional deficiencies and imbalances
  • allergies and immune dysfunction
  • food reactions and sensitivities
  • mitochondrial dysfunction

This article provides more info about underlying issues: https://www.healthychild.com/physical-imbalances-affecting-childs-brain-and-behavior/

In our parent coaching program, you will get the guidance you need.

As a certified parenting coach, I provide a purely judgement-free, completely confidential space for you to talk about what’s happening. I’ll support you in a new way of communicating and interacting and help you incorporate new tools – so your kids are more cooperative and you can feel more peace and ease.

If you want to talk about your frustrations, feeling overwhelmed, or a specific challenge you’re having…whatever is on your mind… take a half hour for yourself to talk with me. Trust me, it could change everything.

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No matter how hard you try, you simply can’t avoid all toxins. Your kids are going to be exposed to toxins on a daily basis. There are too many chemicals lurking in food, water, air, schools, playgrounds – and especially all the stuff in your home.

Everyone living in this world has some level of toxicity in their body, and it’s important to keep this at a minimum. What you want to avoid is toxic overload. This is when the toxins accumulate without being eliminated properly. You want to avoid getting to the tipping point when symptoms begin happening and chronic illness develops. Toxic overload is known to be a primary root cause of the current epidemics of autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and other chronic health issues.

There are two things you can do to reduce the toxic load in your child’s body:

1 – Limit Exposures

2 – Optimize Detoxification

Limit Exposures

Consider the exposures over which you have some control. This includes the products that you buy for your home, such as toys, furniture, mattresses, bedding, cookware, and cleaning products. It also includes body care products like lotions, shampoo, etc. You can use an air purifier to reduce the toxins circulating in the air and residing in the dust in your home. And a water purifier for clean pure water. One of the most important things you can do to reduce toxic exposure is to buy organic whole foods instead of processed conventional foods.

Optimize Detoxification

Be cautious about doing intense detoxing with your kids. Extensive detoxing with supplements or chelation may be necessary if your child has a chronic illness, but this should only be done under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

Many people think that detoxing means removing or eliminating, so they go on cleanses or fasts to remove waste from the body. But detoxing is complex and requires specific nutritional support. Extreme fasting and cleansing can be counterproductive and even dangerous in a body that is undernourished. People can get much worse if they do not have the nutrients needed to detox.

The safest and most effective way to reduce the toxic load is to make changes to the diet to optimize your child’s normal ability to regularly remove toxins.

The main organs involved in detoxing are the liver, kidneys, large intestine, lymphatic system, and sweat glands (skin). The body is always working to neutralize and break down the toxins so they can be moved out of the body. This sounds simple, but detoxing is a very complex process that is completely dependent on adequate nutrients, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and other compounds.

Reasons why kids might have a difficult time detoxing: Gut Dysbiosis and Dysfunction

Gut dysbiosis is an imbalance in the bacteria and other flora in the gastrointestinal tract. This is very common in kids and can be caused by antibiotics, environmental toxins, stress, poor diet, C-section birth, and other issues. If your child’s gut flora is not optimal, their ability to detox is compromised.

If the gut function is sluggish due to lack of fiber or nutritional deficiencies, food moves slowly through the GI tract and toxins can escape into the bloodstream and tissues.

Genetic Impairments

It’s common for kids to have genetic mutations called polymorphisms or SNPs that compromise the body’s ability to detox. You can have your child tested for mutations, and a nutritional program can be prescribed to normalize the detox process.

Nutritional Deficiencies

As I mentioned, detoxing requires sufficient nutrients. Some kids have specific deficiencies that may need to be addressed with supplementation. You can do lab testing for nutrient levels and work with a knowledgeable health professional to balance your child’s unique nutritional needs. The wrong supplements may make existing issues worse or can create new problems.

Body Burden

A cumulative effect of multiple toxic insults can overwhelm the body. Some kids have ongoing exposures giving them a bigger body burden than their system can handle.

Stress

Mental and emotional stress affects every system in the body, including detoxing. In order to detox efficiently, your child’s stress levels need to be kept at a minimum.

The Optimal Diet for Detox for Kids

The safe way to optimize detoxification is with food – specifically whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods.

In order to get the nutrients needed for detox, kids need to eat plenty of organic plant foods that are nutrient dense and high in fiber. Eating these foods will support the liver and other detox pathways. It will also allow the gut flora to be healthier and more balanced and increase the function of every system of the body.

Kids need a variety of colorful fruits and veggies that contain phytonutrients to support detoxing. Phytonutrients are key to detoxing because they positively affect the liver and other organs and they reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.

It’s good to eat a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables every day. The servings do not have to be large. Small amounts of different colored fruits and vegetables will add up to a wealth of phytonutrients that will make a huge difference.

A fun game for kids is to try to eat all the colors of a rainbow in a day. Let them choose their fruits and vegetables so that they can say at the end of the day they “ate a rainbow”.

NOTE: for a comprehensive guide to phytonutrients and a food list for each color with ideas and tips on how to incorporate them into the diet, enter your email below. You will also get my ebook Healthy Foods for Kids – How to Choose the Most Beneficial Food and Encourage your Kids to Love It!

Particularly important vegetables for detoxing are those containing sulfur. These include garlic, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Also add in these foods in as much as you can. Hint – you can add some of them to smoothies.

  • chlorella, cilantro, parsley, beets, ginger, and turmeric
  • fermented foods

Protein is also essential for detoxification. The body cannot effectively detoxify without having the amino acids (building blocks of protein) to bind the converted toxins in the liver so they can be carried out of the body. Protein also stabilizes blood sugar. It’s ideal to include some protein in every meal for ongoing support of detox.

Good sources of protein are pastured eggs, wild fish, grassfed meat, and pastured poultry. The quality of animal protein is vital and should always be organic, grassfed, wild, or pastured. Vegetarian sources can be miso, natto, tempeh, and hemp or pea protein powders. Beans are a good way to get protein and fiber. Raw, organic nuts and seeds are also great for snacking and added to meals.

Avoid fish with high mercury content. This includes bluefish, grouper, mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, sea bass, shark, swordfish, tilefish, and tuna (canned albacore, yellowfin, bigeye, ahi). Shellfish is often contaminated with mercury and other toxins. Farmed fish may contain hormones, PCBs and other toxic chemicals.

Cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO fats are also important. Fats and oils from avocados, coconut, flaxseed, olives, rice bran, and sesame seeds are essential for detoxification.

Healthy Elimination

It’s very important for kids to have healthy elimination so it’s necessary to keep the bowels moving. They need one to two healthy bowel movements a day. This means they need to eat plenty of fiber and drink plenty of filtered water.

Toxins are removed through pooping, peeing and sweating so make sure this is all happening regularly!

The second step in the optimal diet is to remove toxic foods and food triggers.

Avoid Toxic Foods

Organic food is vital to reduce exposure to pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and GMOs. Buy foods in season and from local organic farmers. Or better yet, grow your own food. You can also buy clean organic food at low prices online at Thrive Market.

  • Avoid foods that contain preservatives, food colorings, and artificial sweeteners.
  • Avoid food that comes in cans, plastic containers, or cardboard. Instead buy whole foods with minimal packaging.
  • Use glass, ceramic, or stainless-steel containers for heating and storing hot food.
  • Avoid plastic bottles containing BPA and other plasticizers. Filter your drinking and cooking water with a good water purifier.
  • Cook with non-toxic pans, skillets, and pots that aren’t worn or scuffed to minimize release of toxic compounds while cooking.
  • Sugar is a toxic food since it can stress the body systems and create inflammation, making it more difficult for the body to effectively clear toxins. Read about healthy sugar alternatives for kids.
Food Triggers

It’s important to identify any foods that might be causing adverse food reactions in your kids. Removing these foods will reduce inflammation and help the gut to get back in balance, which will support the detox pathways. This is especially important if your child has a chronic illness.

Wheat, dairy and sugar are the biggest culprits in inflammation so it’s important to reduce or remove these foods. There are many other foods that can cause reactions in kids.

You might want to consider an elimination diet. This entails temporarily removing suspected foods and then adding them back one at a time to find the foods that are tolerated and the foods that need to be avoided.

For details on elimination diets for kids see the section on Food Reactions and Sensitivities in this article.

NOTE: Don’t make any drastic changes to your child’s diet without consulting a nutritionist or a doctor who knows about nutrition.

Other safe ways to detox:

Epsom salt baths

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a compound comprised of two minerals – magnesium and sulfur. Both of these minerals are essential in helping to flush toxins from the body. Epsom salt baths can be a safe way to increase levels of both magnesium and sulfate since they can be absorbed through the skin.

How to take an Epsom salt bath:

Dissolve two cups of Epsom Salts in a standard size bath with warm (not too hot) water. Soak 2-3 times a week for at least 15 minutes and up to 20-30 minutes. Don’t use soap in the bath and, rather than rinsing off, let the Epsom salt dry and stay on the skin for maximum absorption.

Sweating

Toxins are released through the skin through sweating. Regular exercise is important. It’s great to let kids work up a sweat with exercise. Jumping on a trampoline or rebounder is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system to remove toxins.

Infrared Saunas

It’s safe for kids over age six to use infrared saunas for up to 20 minutes. One of the benefits of a quality infrared sauna is that it produces a lower temperature than the conventional type of sauna and the surfaces don’t get hot enough to cause contact burn. But make sure you watch your kids during and after the session to see how they react to the heat.

In addition to detoxing, a sauna can be nurturing and calm the nervous system. A good time for kids to take a sauna is before the evening bath or shower. It can get them relaxed for bedtime. Bouncing on a mini-trampoline or rebounder right before a sauna can open up the skin pores and stimulate lymph flow.

Safety Guidelines for Saunas
  • Drink water before and during a sauna. Coconut water is a good electrolyte replacement drink.
  • Don’t allow the sweat (toxins) to reabsorb into the skin. Take a shower immediately after a sauna.
  • Use a sauna with low EMFs.
  • Saunas are not recommended for babies or very young children.
SaunaSpace

At Healthy Child we recommend the SaunaSpace, a near infrared incandescent lamp sauna. The SaunaSpace incandescent light source produces full spectrum light emission and detoxifies most effectively and efficiently. It is also the safest, zero EMF sauna that has no off-gassing or VOC emissions. It’s portable, versatile and storable and has a 100-day risk-free trial.

See SaunaSpace

Read the science on near infrared incandescent lamp sauna

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I did extensive research into this theory and found that this claim is not supported by science. The one study that has been used as evidence was reported incorrectly by a blogger. The study itself actually stated that metal springs in a mattress have a field-attenuating influence, meaning that they weaken or decrease the field immediately above the surface of the mattress. According to the study, metal-containing beds may reduce EMF exposure on the side of the body closest to the mattress, but not the other side, which could be unprotected from EMFs that constantly flow throughout the room.

There is no science that suggests that innersprings attract, amplify, or magnify EMF beyond what’s already present in the room.

The unsubstantiated hypothesis is related to innerspring coils bound and connected with a long spiral wire. If you’re still concerned about this, then you might choose a latex mattress or a mattress with individually wrapped or pocketed coils. Pocketed coils are individually wrapped in fabric and not connected with wire. They are also more comfortable than innersprings.

Naturepedic has repeatedly tested their innersprings in various specific locations with EMFs. The tests were taken immediately above an innerspring mattress and then repeated in the exact location but with the mattress removed. In all cases, the EMF field did not change. They could find no discernible difference between what’s immediately surrounding an innerspring bed versus further away (except that EMFs increased further away when closer to an electrical source)

Are EMFs a Problem in the Bedroom?

EMFs are definitely something to be concerned about, especially in the bedroom since they can interfere with sleep. See this article to learn what to do in your home:

EMF Protection for Your Family

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19647986

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/coil-mattresses-cause-cancer-amplifying-radio-waves/

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Does an innerspring mattress act like an antenna to amplify EMFs?

I’ve done some research into this theory and found that this claim is not supported by science. The one study that has been used as evidence was reported incorrectly by a blogger. The study itself actually stated that metal springs in a mattress have a field-attenuating influence, meaning that they weaken or decrease the field immediately above the surface of the mattress. According to the study, metal-containing beds may reduce EMF exposure on the side of the body closest to the mattress, but not the other side, which could be unprotected from EMFs that constantly flow throughout the room.

There is no science that suggests that innersprings attract, amplify, or magnify EMF beyond what’s already present in the room.

The unsubstantiated hypothesis is related to innerspring coils bound and connected with a long spiral wire. If you’re still concerned about this, then you might choose a latex mattress or a mattress with individually wrapped or pocketed coils. Pocketed coils are individually wrapped in fabric and not connected with wire. They are also more comfortable than innersprings.

Naturepedic has repeatedly tested their innersprings in various specific locations with EMFs. The tests were taken immediately above an innerspring mattress and then repeated in the exact location but with the mattress removed. In all cases, the EMF field did not change. They could find no discernible difference between what’s immediately surrounding an innerspring bed versus further away (except that EMFs increased further away when closer to an electrical source)

Are EMFs a problem in the bedroom?

EMFs are definitely something to be concerned about, especially in the bedroom since they can interfere with sleep. See this article to learn what to do in your home:

EMF Protection for Your Family

EMF Protection for Your Family

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19647986

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/coil-mattresses-cause-cancer-amplifying-radio-waves/

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Getting plenty of healthy sleep is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

If you’re having difficulty sleeping, one of the most overlooked but effective changes you can make is your mattress. The wrong mattress can be the cause of tossing and turning throughout the night, resulting in aches and pains and chronic sleep issues. If you wake up stiff and sore and feel like you’ve been through a battle during the night, it’s certainly time for a new mattress. Do you have an active bed partner keeping you awake from all the movement on their side? You’ll need a mattress that reduces motion transfer so you won’t feel it when your partner is tossing and turning.

Healthy sleep with the right mattress

Investing in a new bed might also provide stress relief. A study comparing sleep quality and stress-related symptoms between older beds and new beds indicated that participants’ sleep quality significantly improved with the replacement of the old sleeping surface. Similarly, stress (both symptoms and behavior) was significantly reduced after 4 weeks of sleeping on the new bed.

For deep, rejuvenating, healthy sleep, your body needs good support and a comfortable surface. When it comes to comfort everyone is different. How do you find a bed that’s right for you?

There’s no research that proves whether a firm or a soft mattress is better for sleep. It all comes down to what is comfortable for you. Some people prefer soft and others sleep better on a firm mattress. If the mattress is too soft, you sink in too much and won’t have enough support. But if it’s too hard, you’ll feel pressure on your low back and your shoulders. Ideally, a mattress that provides good support while reducing the pressure points on your body should give you a better night’s sleep.

Pressure points on your body can restrict blood flow when lying still for periods of time. This is the reason why you roll over at night. When this happens, your sleep is briefly interrupted. By relieving the pressure points, you can lessen the impact and go right back into deep sleep. A medium-firm mattress or a firm mattress with a softer surface layer or pillow top may give you the correct balance of support and cushioning for pressure point relief.

Avoid toxic materials in your mattress

Most mattresses on the market contain toxic materials with flammable synthetic foams and gels that need flame retardant barriers or chemicals. By law, the U.S. requires mattresses to be manufactured with a “fire barrier” which can contain a mix of chemicals. This is concerning since healthy sleep needs to be rejuvenating and regenerating for your body – not toxic!

During sleep, your body goes into repair mode and does some gentle detoxifying as part of the regeneration process. It’s important to allow your body this time to detox and to not be adding toxins to your body’s burden, which could create more trouble sleeping.

You may have experienced the new mattress chemical smell. Sometimes you can smell the toxins, but usually not. The smell fades over time, but toxins remain and continue to be released via small particles or off-gassing. You are breathing in and absorbing these toxins through your skin while you sleep. Babies and children are especially vulnerable to toxins in a mattress.

Organic materials such as organic cotton and wool are produced without chemicals and with sustainable farming practices. Natural organic latex can provide a comfortable healthy sleep experience, better than memory foam, and without the toxicity.

Read more about how to choose an organic mattress and how to know if it’s really non-toxic

There’s a lot you can do to ensure you get plenty of deep, healthy sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, make it a priority to make some changes and you’ll begin to feel a lot better. It’s amazing how getting a good night’s can change everything!

See our Guide to Choosing Your Organic Mattress

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Everyday cleaning products can contain numerous chemicals that are not safe for anyone, but especially babies and young children. Natural cleaning products are a better alternative to these toxic cleaners.

Breathing in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cleaning products can cause irritation and inflammation in respiratory airways. Many of the chemicals in cleaning products can also cause cancer, reproductive problems, and other health issues.

A recent study found that children whose mothers used a lot of cleaning products while pregnant and shortly after birth were 41 percent more likely to have wheezing or asthma by the age of seven. Another study found that women who used the most cleaning products have double the risk of breast cancer.

Natural Cleaning Products

The good news is that you don’t need chemicals to clean your home!

Toxic chemicals are not needed to remove dirt, bacteria, grease, and oils from your home. There are many natural cleaning products that work really well or even better. You can even make your own effective cleaners.

Companies don’t have to disclose what is in their cleaning products so it’s difficult to find out the exact ingredients. If you are purchasing products that say they are non-toxic, beware of vague or general claims on labels, such as “environmentally friendly”, “biodegradable”, or “eco safe”. Avoid products that don’t show ingredients and labeled only with generic terms like surfactants or preservatives. And be wary of products that have a strong smell.

You Can Clean with Just Water!

With products such as E-Cloths, you can clean your house very thoroughly with just water! This is a chemical-free way to remove dust, dirt, bacteria, and soap residues – and it really works well. E-cloths are proven to remove over 99% of bacteria from hard surfaces.  You just spray with water and then wipe with the e-cloth. They collect dirt, grime and bacteria from the surface, and then you simply rinse the cloth under hot water, then re-use later. If you wash the cloth once a week, the E-cloths are guaranteed to last for 6 years of cleaning.  You can find E-Cloths by doing an Internet search.

The Environmental Working Group has created an online guide for household cleaning products. This database provides easy-to-navigate safety ratings for more than 2,000 cleaning products:

EWG Guide to Cleaners

You can also make your own natural cleaners from simple kitchen ingredients. The Washington Toxics Coalition has created a guide to safer household cleaners and includes suggestions for safer products and recipes for making your own safe and effective cleaners.

Cleaning Products

Hand sanitizers, disinfecting sprays, antibacterial soap, and antibacterial wipes are popular to keep germs away from kids. These antimicrobials are not necessary, and there may be unintended consequences from using them. It’s actually healthy for babies and kids to be exposed to bacteria on their skin and in their digestive tracts! The Washington Toxics Coalition has also created an informational guide about antimicrobials.

Antimicrobials

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Have you heard the Consumer Product Safety Commission has banned more phthalates? That’s a good thing, since phthalates are hormone disruptors and developmental toxins. They can harm reproductive and brain development and have been linked to obesity and asthma. Phthalates are a definite risk to babies.

You certainly don’t want phthalates in your crib mattress!

Phthalates have been used as plasticizers for decades in vinyl covered crib mattresses since the vinyl needs a plasticizer to make it soft. Not all phthalates have been banned, and manufacturers can still use derivatives of phthalates or chemical alternatives that may be just as toxic.

Another thing that’s happening in the crib mattress industry is that manufacturers are beginning to replace the vinyl coverings with fabrics containing a polyurethane backing. This means the crib mattress surface is not waterproof and that’s a problem. Crib mattresses need to be waterproof to avoid baby sleeping on mildew, mold, and fungus.

And get this – some crib mattress manufacturers are spraying the top of the mattress with PFCs – perfluorinated chemicals – to make it waterproof. This is the same toxic stuff that’s in Teflon and Scotchguard. Not a good thing for your baby to be sleeping on!

Why is Waterproofing Important?

A baby mattress needs to be waterproof since babies can generate a lot of wetness during sleep. This can cause mold, mildew, and fungi in the mattress. It’s a health hazard, so you want to avoid getting any moisture into the surface of your mattress.

Another thing that can live in a mattress is dust mites, which can also be a problem for your baby. A waterproof crib mattress also protects against dust mites.

What’s the Best Way to Waterproof a Mattress?

Plastic is currently the only viable way to make a mattress waterproof.  But some plastics are quite toxic – like vinyl. Food-grade polyethylene has a simple molecular structure and does not contain phthalates or other unsafe additives. It’s the safest plastic available.

Naturepedic takes it a step further and uses a bio-plastic to waterproof their crib mattresses. They use polyethylene made from non-GMO sugarcane. Naturepedic mattresses are the ONLY crib and baby mattresses that are waterproofed with non-GMO sugarcane. There is no petroleum in their waterproofing! This is the healthiest waterproof baby mattress you can buy.

You can read Naturepedic reviews from our customers, and shop our range of Naturepedic mattresses below:

Organic Baby Mattresses (bassinet, cradle, porta-crib)

Organic Crib Mattresses

Organic Kids and Adult Mattresses

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Asthma and allergies are increasing in children. Coughing, sneezing, congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, headaches and tiredness can be a miserable experience for your child (and for you, too). Untreated allergies can lead to other illnesses such as ear infections and sinusitis, so it’s important to deal with the allergy symptoms while removing the allergens from your child’s environment. A good HEPA Air Purifier is essential for allergy and asthma prevention.

Allergens and chemicals that can trigger asthma and allergies include pollen, mold, mildew, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, smoke, and heavy metals and chemicals in dust. Formaldehyde and other chemical off-gassing from carpets, particleboard, and pressed-wood furniture can also trigger asthma. PCBs and plastics containing phthalates and BPA are also known to increase the risk of asthma.

Allergens can often be worse inside your home than outside, but there are things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home. See Indoor Air Pollution: How to Protect Your Children

If you or your child are suffering from allergies or asthma, an effective air purifier is important, since it’s designed to remove the tiny particles that trigger an allergic reaction. HEPA filters are significantly better at removing these tiny particles than the ionic and electronic air cleaners.

There are many HEPA air purifier products on the market with a wide range of prices. Be cautious about the cheap ones since they probably won’t do a good job of removing the allergens. With air purification, you certainly get what you pay for.

HEPA filters will do a great job of capturing particles, but not the VOCs. To also remove formaldehyde and other VOCs, (chemical off-gassing) you will need an air purifier with additional technology. Air purifiers with plain activated carbon or granulated carbon are not as effective in removing VOCs.

We did a lot of research before determining that Austin Air and EnviroKlenz air purifiers are the best purifiers for allergies, asthma, and reducing VOC off-gassing in the home. I’ll discuss these both in detail:

EnviroKlenz Air Purifiers

The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System has true certified HEPA filters. In addition, the EnviroKlenz earth mineral technology breaks down chemicals into their elemental parts so they are gone forever. It captures, destroys and neutralizes toxic chemicals and hazardous VOCs, odors and fragrances. It has been validated and tested to be much more efficient than a carbon air purifier. Perfect for allergies, asthma, and people with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS).

A four speed blower on the EnviroKlenz offers the quietest and most efficient air flow on the market.

The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air Purifier with UV Light  does everything that the EnviroKlenz standard model does, with the addition of reducing microorganisms – molds, bacteria, and viruses. Plus the UV model has indicator lights on the power switch that tell you when the HEPA filter and the UV lights need to be replaced.

Austin Air Purifiers

All Austin air purifiers have true certified HEPA filters. The Austin Allergy Machine is great for clearing asthma and allergy irritants – it has High Efficiency Gas Adsorption (HEGA) – a combination of military carbon cloth and true medical HEPA.

For removing formaldehyde and other chemical gases, I recommend the Healthmate Plus. Most homes have a substantial amount of formaldehyde lingering in the air. The Healthmate Plus does an excellent job of removing asthma and allergy triggers, in addition to formaldehyde, and other chemical gases and odors.

The Austin Air HealthMate Plus has 60 sq/ft of true HEPA medical filter medium that removes harmful airborne particles. It also contains 15 lbs. of solid activated carbon and zeolite impregnated with potassium iodide to remove harmful odors & gases. The inch-thick barrier of carbon/zeolite/potassium iodide mix acts like a sponge, scrubbing hazardous gases from the air, before they reach the HEPA paper. There is also a pre-filter that traps larger particles such as dirt, lint & hair.

Austin Air filters are designed to last for 5 years before needing to be replaced. This makes the Austin air filters less expensive to own than every other carbon-HEPA air purifier on the market. You can buy lower quality units at cheaper prices, but the cost of ownership will eventually exceed the cost of owning an Austin air cleaner, and it won’t do nearly as good a job of cleaning your air.

If you or your children have chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma or other breathing problems, try an Austin or a EnviroKlenz air purifier. Try it out and see if it helps. Most people can feel the results within a few days.

The post Allergy and Asthma Prevention with a HEPA Air Purifier appeared first on Healthy Child.

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