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Mattresses: Hidden Source of Toxins

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:08

There are options. Many futons are not treated with fire retardants, except for boric acid, which can also be left out of the futon processing with a note from a doctor explaining a chemical sensitivity. Mattresses made from organic materials are also available Do not set mattresses directly on the floor; use a frame to elevate the bed, allowing an air space to diffuse gases.

Take note though, not even an organic mattress is adequate to protect infants from birth to six months from SIDS. Crib and bassinet mattresses must be wrapped with thick gauge polyethylene sheeting (available at hardware stores) to prevent exposure to toxic gases that can be formed even in natural materials. If a baby sleeps with the parents, then the adult bed needs to be wrapped. After six months it is assumed that babies are less susceptible to the gases.

Visit the ICPA Newsletter On-line References for sources for safer mattresses provided by Dr. Randall Neustaedter.

References are available on line at: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/references.html