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Parenting Guide: Reduce Toxin Exposure

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Parenting Guide: Reduce Toxin Exposure


One of the biggest challenges that parents face is figuring out how to protect their children and reduce toxin exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a child’s body absorbs more than 60 pounds of chemicals and pesticides. This happens through the consumption of food, water, air, and household products.

While it can be challenging to know what is safe for your child to use or eat, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce toxin exposure and avoid harmful substances. Continue reading to find out ways in which you can reduce your child’s exposure to toxins to make them healthier!


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Avoid Plastics


Plastics are everywhere and almost impossible to avoid. They’re in your clothes, furniture, food containers – you name it! Besides, if you are a worker who manufactures plastic molding, studies have shown that such workers are prone to developing mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer resulting from breathing in toxic asbestos. If you did not know about this form of cancer, you can click here to find out more information about it.  

If you have a baby in the house, some things can help reduce their exposure to plastic. For instance, you can use glass food containers instead of plastic ones. You may also skip antibacterial wipes and use soap and water or an alcohol hand sanitizer instead.

Use Essential Oils


The best essential oils for reducing your child’s toxicity exposure are those that have a high concentration of linalool. Linalool is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce the severity of symptoms from exposure in general and protecting neurological health.

Sandalwood is an excellent choice for this as it contains over 90% of linalool. Lavender is also an option, but you should not apply without diluting the oil to reduce its skin sensitizing potency (it will still work, though). A few drops are all you need for a child from the age of two and up. You can apply it to the temples, neck, or chest for a relaxing sensation.


Filter Your Water


Another good step to reduce your child’s exposure to toxins is filtering the water you use in the house. Tap water can contain lead, copper, and arsenic substances that are unhealthy for your kids. These metals impact cognitive ability and intelligence, so it’s best not to take any chances with this particular toxin.

Filter the water with a reverse osmosis system, which removes up to 99% of these metals. This type of filter is typically installed under your kitchen sink and is in most hardware stores or online retailers. If you don’t want to install one yourself, talk about it with plumbers familiar with how they work.

Toxins impact nearly every aspect of your kids’ lives. They are inescapable, from their diet and the products they use, to where they live and play. The good news is that you can do things to reduce the impact of toxins in your kids’ lives. It’s just about recognizing where toxins come from and what they do. The more informed you are, the easier it will be for you and your kids to live a healthier life.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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38 thoughts on “Parenting Guide: Reduce Toxin Exposure”

  1. We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, but it is definitely tough. Thanks for sharing this list. We like to avoid toxins especially when it comes to our children.

  2. My son and his family won’t drink any water that isn’t filtered. They urge me to do the same. I haven’t made the switch yet, but it’s highly likely that I will.

  3. without a doubt, i am all in for filtered water! kids OR adults. Access to clean, fresh water is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, and filtering our water ensures that this is achieved. Most water filters remove harmful chemicals and bacteria, which if consumed can cause diseases and general ill-health.

    1. When you get enough water during the day, it can help with:

      Improving your skin, hair, and nails
      Relieving headaches
      Reducing muscle cramps
      Helping to flush out your body
      Improving weight loss efforts
      Giving you more energy

  4. All great and do-able advice listed here. We’ve got an 18 year old here so thankfully a hair past the crisis phase of babies.. thanks..

    1. It is difficult. We got overloaded with plastic in the beginning of the pandemic as we had not yet started asking the restaurants to not include flatware with our order.

  5. Very helpful tips, I definitely agree! Also, no shoes indoors and houseplants are some other simple ways to reduce toxins.

  6. Thanks for sharing this it’s very useful! I don’t let my kids play with plastic toys as much as possible so I highly agree with this.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.