Waterproof mattress protector – what’s safe and what to avoid – healthy child electricity billy elliot karaoke

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Vinyl is dangerous on two levels. electricity and magnetism worksheets 8th grade First PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a known human carcinogen. Second, the plasticizers that are used to soften the hard PVC plastic and make it flexible enough to use as mattress protectors or pads are phthalates. Every day we learn more about how toxic phthalates (and phthalate variants) are, especially to babies’ and children’s small, developing bodies.

Polyurethane on its own can be relatively safe, depending on how it’s formulated. It can be formulated with added chemicals or solvents. Polyurethane foam, for example is highly toxic due to additives to make it into a foam. You definitely want to avoid mattresses made with polyurethane foam, but the plastic is a different story. If you see a waterproof mattress protector made with polyurethane plastic, you’ll need to dig deeper to determine its safety. It’s difficult to know if a plastic is off-gassing, but sometimes the toxic smell will give it away. electricity and magnetism worksheets 5th grade Some other materials and factors to consider Polyethylene – Safe but unsuitable for mattress pads

Some mattress pads are marketed as anti-microbial, antibacterial and/or anti-mildew. Usually this means the pad has an extra coating of something that’s potentially toxic. If you wash the pad when needed, coating is unnecessary. Better to avoid inviting other chemicals into your bed. Wool Mattress Pads – a natural, safe option but not entirely waterproof

You can’t count on wool alone to waterproof a mattress. gas nozzle keeps stopping If there is a lot of wetness from a baby or child, it can go through to damage the mattress and create mold and mildew problems. I recommend layering one or two organic wool mattress pads (specifically designed to block wetness) with an organic cotton mattress protector to serve as extra layers of protection. Cotton absorbs moisture and wool repels and wicks moisture away. When used in concert, the wool and cotton pads together can block the wetness. What do I recommend for a guaranteed non-toxic, 100% waterproof mattress protector? Naturepedic Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Pad

The Naturepedic Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Pad is completely waterproof, confirmed non-toxic, and hypo-allergenic. Made with an ultra-thin film of polyurethane plastic (2% of the product) completely surrounded by two layers of organic cotton, it can withstand even the worst nighttime accidents while still allowing the material to breathe. There’s no plastic chemical odor and the organic cotton provides a non-sweaty sleep surface. The Naturepedic waterproof protector pads are of the highest quality, and easy to machine wash and dry.

The polyurethane plastic film that Naturepedic uses has no toxic chemical additives. It does not leach chemicals or off-gas into your sleeping environment. This has been tested and confirmed through Greenguard SELECT certification – the most stringent Greenguard standards. gas house At Healthy Child, we trust Naturepedic because we know they are committed to safe materials.

I too bought a tempurpedic memory foam mattress about 10 years ago. At first I could not be in the same space with it but I did not identify the mattress as the problem until some time later due to drift of the toxins to non-bedroom areas. electricity calculator These products are grossly unsafe. Initially, on coming into my home, my eyes and throat would become red and inflamed, then my breathing was affected. At night, after falling asleep, I would wake up exactly 30 minutes later with a racing heart and ‘anxiety’ type awakeness. The odor eventually dissipated but now I am finding that the toxins have changed my life and health. I have odd auto-immune symptoms, have developed an autoimmune response to my own hair (head and eyebrows etc itch all the time) and I am allergic to many things. I cannot be in the aisle of low price shoe stores because the shoes are ALL made of polyurethane and the smell puts me away and triggers symptoms. I continued to have some episodes of heart arythmia. After a few years the foam, just when it seems to have stabilized, begins to break down. Then the whole nightmare starts over again. GET RID OF THE MATTRESS. Your long term health is at risk. gas after eating yogurt Note that I bought my mattress at Relax the Back, a high end store in Washington state that purports to give you a better sleeping experience. Ha! It has ruined my life and there is no real treatment because environmental toxins are not yet a full area of medical research. DO NOT PUT YOUR KIDS ON THESE MATTRESSES and I recommend you get polyurethane out of your lives. Better to live with less furniture than to die slowly. In the last 3 years i have been diagnosed with what appears to be a slow growing lymphoma and autoimmune issues are constant.