“Children are resilient” is a common assumption among American adults. However, when it comes to health and well-being, kids are not as resilient as most people think. In fact, they are more vulnerable to environmental exposure because their bodies are still developing. They eat, drink and breathe more in proportion to their size, and their behavior exposes them more easily to environmental hazards. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of environmental awareness and how you can protect your kids from harmful exposures.
As parents, we want to do everything we can to keep our children safe and healthy. But sometimes, it's difficult to know what steps to take to protect them from environmental hazards. One way we can help safeguard their health is by being aware of the potential risks and taking action to avoid them.
Some environmental exposures can cause immediate health problems, while others may lead to long-term health effects. Either way, it's important to be aware of the dangers and take steps to protect your kids.
If you're concerned about environmental hazards, there are a few things you can do to lessen the risks:
Keep your home clean and free of environmental pollutants
Most of us are aware of the importance of environmental awareness, but it can be easy to forget about the smaller steps we can take to help make a difference. One simple way to help reduce environmental pollution is to keep your home clean and free of pollutants. This includes everything from disposing of hazardous waste properly to recycling and composting.
Parents can do many things to protect their kids from dangerous chemicals, organisms, and toxins. Keeping the home clean and free of dust, mold, and smoke can help children breathe easier.
Also, check if you need professional lead testing. Lead can be really hazardous and dangerous for kids, and everyone else, so make sure you check all the holes and gaps on your walls and other places where you might find this problem. Testing the home for lead, mercury, radon, carbon monoxide, and other contaminants can help prevent poisoning and illness.
Encourage your kids to be active outdoors, but make sure they're not exposed to excessive heat or cold
While outdoor playtime is important, too much sun can harm children. Parents can protect their kids from damaging sun exposure by keeping infants out of direct sunlight and limiting playtime in the mid-day sun. Hats, sunglasses, and protective clothes can shield children from the sun’s harmful effects, and a good sunscreen can protect exposed areas of skin.
Many clothing companies understand how the environment can harm children, and their products address the need for protection. Companies like Momo Baby sell quality maternity and children’s clothes that are safe, efficient, and radiation-proof. Anti-radiation clothes protect babies from cell phones, computers, microwaves, and other radiation hazards.
Just as importantly, teach them about environmental awareness from an early age. Show them how to respect nature and instill a love for the great outdoors that will last a lifetime.
Educate yourself and your children about environmental risks
Environmental awareness is one of the most important things we can do to protect our planet. By educating ourselves and our children about environmental risks, we can help to make a difference.
Many environmental hazards are invisible, so it's important to educate yourself and your kids about the dangers they pose. Teach them about the importance of hand-washing, avoiding contact with wildlife, not touching poisonous plants, and not eating food that may be contaminated.
Limit your family's exposure to toxic chemicals by reading labels and avoiding products with harmful ingredients
We are exposed to toxic chemicals every day, from the food we eat and the air we breathe.
Anyone who has ever looked at the ingredient list on a cleaning product knows that they can be filled with some pretty harsh chemicals. While these products may do a great job of cleaning our homes, they can also be toxic to our families if we're not careful. One way to limit our exposure to these harmful chemicals is to read labels and avoid products with ingredients that are known to be dangerous. This can be tricky, as many companies use complex scientific language on their labels, but there are some resources available to help us make informed choices. Look for products that are labeled “organic” or “natural,” as these are less likely to contain harmful chemicals.
Another way to reduce our exposure is to choose natural alternatives whenever possible. These products may not be quite as effective as their chemical-laden counterparts, but they are much safer for our families. By being aware of the potential dangers of toxic chemicals and taking steps to avoid them, we can create a healthier environment for our families.
By taking these precautions, you can help protect your kids from environmental threats and give them a healthier start in life. Environmental awareness is important for everyone, but it's especially crucial for parents who want to keep their children safe and healthy. If you need additional tips, check out the EPA website or speak to your child's doctor.
This is so ironic, Krystle, because I use the “resilient” comment regarding children allllll of the time. And your post is 100% spot on about how vulnerable they truly are as their little bodies are building up those defense mechanisms! Good job here, our friend! 🙂
Thanks Mike! My kids are def resilient yet vulnerable. Although sometimes I wonder if they make adults less resilient and more vulnerable. My oldest just accidentally pull a blanket and popped a phone directly into my eye. I will be surprised if it’s not black tomorrow.