ATLANTA, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- While billions of dollars are spent yearly on strollers, high chairs, car seats, and other items to help infants stay safe and comfortable -- parents often overlook the environmental health impact of the one place where their babies spend the majority of their time -- the nursery.
Steven Hong, a specialist who designs healthier indoor environments for
the home, and president of Sylvane.com (http://www.sylvane.com), offers these tips
to help parents create a healthier restful environment for their infants:
-- Paint First, Breathe Later - Fresh paint may look great in a nursery,
but lingering fumes can cause problems from nausea and eye irritation
to internal damage. When decorating, plan -- and paint -- the nursery
well ahead of mother's due date. Otherwise, have the baby sleep in a
different room until the fresh paint has dried and fully off-gassed.
-- Clear the Air - A baby's lungs are very sensitive and pollutants, new
furniture, plastics, new carpeting, mold, and even dust mites can
irritate. Clear the air with a quality air purifier
(http://www.sylvane.com/air-purifiers.html), or run the air
conditioning. Keep ducts clean and change and clean furnace filters
-- The Weekly Wash - Dust mites thrive in moist areas and are a major
source of allergies. Wash bedding at least once weekly in hot water to
keep mites, and their excretions, from building up.
-- Clean Enough to Eat Off - Since babies spend much of their time on the
floor and place nearly everything they touch in their mouths, it's
critical to keep floors clean and germ-free. Consider using a high
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