Posted on Jun 25, 2009 | Comments 1
These days, more and more people are concerned about the environment and about the effects of chemicals and toxins on the health and safety of their families.
Organic baby clothing is one of the more recent ways that parents are discovering to protect their children.
By definition, organic baby clothing has been made using only natural fibres that have been grown organically.
Organic farming uses no chemical or artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Agriculture in the Western world has come to depend on the use of these chemicals on almost every crop that is grown, whether for food, clothing or other uses.
As scientists have uncovered the potential dangers of residues of these poisons being present on food and fibers, there has been great interest in organic baby clothing, fabrics and bedding.
When a baby is expected in a home, great care is taken to ensure that high standards of hygeine are established to protect the newborn from infection and disease.
All new linen and clothing is carefully washed in non-allergenic detergents to remove residues that could irritate a baby’s tender skin.
But what about the residue toxins that could be lurking in the fibers of the “best” baby clothes, made of fabrics that have been produced from traditionally grown crops or manufactured fibers?
Scientific research has uncovered some rather frightening facts about the fabrics and fibers that have traditionally made our clothing.
When you consider that a baby, because of its size and under-developed immune system, is more at risk than adults, buying organic baby clothing becomes even more important.
Research has shown:
- Chemical residue in fabrics can cause allergic reactions, asthma and some cancers.
- Artificial and chemical dyes used in fabric can lead to skin problems.
Baby clothes are often treated to be flame or stain retardant, or treated with heavy metals or toxic chemicals to give a better “finish” to the fabric.
These are irritants to eyes, throat and nose, and also linked to cancer, leukemia and depression. Formaldehyde is a commonly-used finish for fabric, and it is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.
Nitrates in fertilizers have been linked to “blue baby syndrome”, which is a birth defect that reduces blood flow to the organs.
Many synthetic fabrics are petrochemical based, and are believed to continue to give off an invisible gas throughout the life of the fabric.
How can you be sure you are protecting your baby?
The answer is simple â€“ make sure you buy guaranteed organic baby clothing â€“ baby clothes made from natural fibers that have been grown without the use of chemicals. These organic fibers include organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, linen and jute.
The organic fibers are woven into cloth without the use of bleaches or chemicals in the process, and all colors come from natural vegetable dyes. The organic farming and maufacture industry is closely legislated and supervised to ensure guidelines are followed.
By using only organic clothing for your baby, you are delaying their exposure to the numerous harmful chemicals which abound in the modern world.
While organic baby clothing is still more expensive, the prices will ease as more people become aware of the amazing benefits of wearing organic fabrics. Make sure that your friends and family know that you want only organic baby clothing for the protection of your newborn.
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