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Question of the Week: What do you do to protect children from environmental hazards?

2008 October 6

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Many people don’t realize children can be more sensitive to environmental exposures, indoors as well as outdoors. But there are many, often simple things we can do to protect children from environmental hazards, including avoiding asthma triggers such as secondhand smoke or mold. October is Children’s Health Month.

What do you do to protect children from environmental hazards?

En español: Cada semana hacemos una pregunta relacionada al medio ambiente. Por favor comparta con nosotros sus pensamientos y comentarios. Siéntase en libertad de responder a comentarios anteriores o plantear nuevas ideas. Preguntas previas.

Muchas personas no se dan cuenta cuán más sensitivos son los niños a las exposiciones ambientales, tanto en entornos interiores como exteriores. Sin embargo, hay pasos, muchas veces sencillos, que usted puede tomar para proteger a los niños de los peligros ambientales, incluso el evitar los desencadenantes de asma como el tabaquismo pasivo o el moho. Octubre es el Mes de Salud Infantil.

¿Qué hace para proteger a los niños de los peligros medioambientales?

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62 Responses leave one →
  1. Druz permalink
    October 13, 2008

    I pray for them.

  2. M Bowman permalink
    October 20, 2008

    My point is that if we want to protect our children, they ought to become informed on these issues from a technical and policy standpoint as they grow up. The best way to accomplish that is to provide a sound fundamental education as the foundation. I personally don’t see how I can empower my children to deal with all the messes we leave them if I can’t formulate a coherent sentence. Perhaps that makes me ignorant, I guess I’ll just have to take my chances.

    If anyone finds my tone at all off-putting… too bad. Now is no longer the time to “lighten-up”. Let’s try “getting-real” and see how that works!

  3. Healthy Schools Campaign permalink
    October 29, 2008

    At Healthy Schools Campaign, we work to make schools healthy places for kids to learn. Because children spend so many of their waking hours in school buildings, we focus on providing healthy environments and nutritious foods in schools with programs that include eliminating the toxic chemicals used in school cleaning programs (, building healthy and energy efficient schools, and encouraging healthy school food programs.

    You can join us in making our schools safe, healthy places for children – to learn more, visit

  4. Anna Wilde permalink
    November 23, 2008

    Bill S had it right in the very first comment — keep chemicals out of their bodies and I appreciate the healthy schools campaigns message too because schools could just as easily have health food dispensers in them as they do coke machines. this topic obviously touches a nerve of discussion. great job. thanks Anna

  5. Brenda K. permalink
    April 29, 2009

    I wish our neighbors without children were as conscientious about protecting the environment as you. They insist on using the herbicide 2,4-D on their one-acre lawn even though it causes me seizures and my 11 yr. old daughter swelling and rashes. Their beautiful lawn is more important to them than our health. This neurotoxin is legal so there’s nothing I can do about it.

  6. Brenda K. permalink
    April 29, 2009

    You are obviously a very ignorant person when it comes to toxic chemicals. Maybe chlorine doesn’t cause you a problem, but it can cause severe health problems for many people. You should study up on it, and consider the fact that just because something doesn’t bother you doesn’t mean it’s not a health risk.

  7. Brenda K. permalink
    April 29, 2009

    I have two children who were permantly maimed by two vaccines. Obviously you believe all the information your doctor gives you. I feel sorry for your children.

  8. Richard permalink
    August 13, 2009

    What about the toxic effects from the aluminum being absorbed through the skin?

  9. tad spencer permalink
    November 13, 2009

    Hi, I am interested in moving into a home – but was warned by a neighbor that I should have the home tested for meth contamination – I’ve seen kits on the internet for testing but I don’t know their reliability – how do you go about testing? thanks, Tad

  10. Ken Hightower permalink
    November 28, 2009

    One thing I did was post a blog that all concerned parents should read where I talk about the dangers of corn fed beef, hormones in meats and milk, dangers of energy drinks, high fructose corn syrup and pasteurization just to mention a few. Of course there are solutions to these problems listed as well.

  11. Greg Holloway permalink
    November 28, 2009

    One thing parents really need to know about is the new laws regarding flame retardant mattresses. Many of these mattresses I would consider to be toxic and that is why my company offers all natural latex mattresses that can be purchased (with prescription) without these potentially toxic fire barriers. With China exporting so many types of bedding materials into the U.S. it’s no wonder why we see a rise in the chemicals within the bodies of our children. We need to protect ourselves from this onslaught of toxicity being imported without proper regulation.

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