Decorating a nursery for a newborn that's on the way? Or the baby's already arrived and you're wanting to redecorate? When doing so, keep your child's health in mind. Some experts claim that nurseries are the "sickest" room in the house, because parents think more about how a room will look rather than about what's best for the child's health. Unknowlingly, parents buy what they think will look cute, rather than what's safe and healthy. Everything in a baby's room, from the paint on the walls to the carpet on the floor, can emit harmful volatile organic chemicals (VOC), which can cause breathing problems. And lung disease and breathing problems, which are frequently associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), are the number one cause of death in infants less than a year old, according to the American Lung Association. What can you do to prevent potential health problems for your child? Here are a few suggestions--
- Use eco-friendly paints
- Avoid vinyl wallpaper which can trap moisture and help mold grow. The plasticizers in the vinyl can also emit VOCs.
- Furnish the room with solid wood furniture and avoid particleboard, which emits VOCs.
- Select a mattress that does not contain vinyl.
- Use Natural fiber rugs
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