Posts Tagged ‘environment’

The diaper debate

Friday, October 9th, 2009

36823629_thbGees…I just did the math and figured out that I’ve used approximately one thousand, four hundred and seventy-two disposable diapers in eight months. We go through a case of 184 diapers about every three to four weeks.  Including wipes, that’s almost seventy bucks a month. I’m going on a diaper run later this afternoon. Should I try cloth diapers? I’m a little nervous about the idea. Do they leak? I don’t know anyone personally who has tried them. The disposable ones are easy. My daughter’s skin has been so healthy, but I want to be environmentally friendly.  Saving some cash wouldn’t be bad either.

The choice between using cloth or disposable diapers is a matter of personal preference. Deciding which one is best depends on several factors including lifestyle, concern for the environment, cost, convenience, skin care and other health concerns.  While researching the advantages and disadvantages of both, I came across this helpful info on the Consumer Reports website. Click here to check it out.

What do you think I should do?

Earth Day, your baby and you

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

earth-nasaToday is Earth Day. Take a few moments to notice our beautiful planet and be inspired by it. 

    * If you have a baby, the March of Dimes has some articles about how to protect your child’s environment.

   * If you’re pregnant, learn more about environmental risks that could harm your baby and yourself.

   * Spend some time outside today. Really look at a tree or a flower. Watch a squirrel scamper across a lawn. Be thankful for Mother Earth and her gifts.

Doing anything special on Earth Day?

Photo: NASA

National Women’s History Month – Go Green!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

woman-r-u-green1March is National Women’s History Month, which means it’s a great time to reflect and celebrate some of the wonderful accomplishments made by women. From Dr. Virginia Apgar (developed the APGAR score – the first health exam given to a newborn to check his vital signs immediately after birth), to Sandra Day O’Connor (first woman justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court), to Dr. Mae Jemison (the first woman of color to go into space), women have made enormous strides and achievements throughout history.

This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is the “green” movement – women who’ve taken the lead to save our planet. There are lots of things you can do to help care for the world we live in. The U.S. Department of Energy created this interactive Web site that shows how small changes in our everyday lives can positively impact our environment. You can also learn how to make your baby’s environment a little “greener” by checking out some helpful March of Dimes articles on the subject.

In our house, we recycle and use energy efficient light bulbs. We also installed a programmable thermostat, which not only regulates the temperature in our home throughout the day, but helps us trim down our electric and gas bill!

How about you? How do you go green?

Poison prevention

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

The world is a beautiful place! But sadly, some things in our environment can harm us and our children. With a little knowledge and some effort, parents can protect their babies from many of these hazards (like asbestos, carbon monoxide, poor drinking water, mold, chemicals in plastics…).  If you’re thinking of starting a family, brushing up on various safety topics for a baby’s environment is an excellent idea.  

Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison. Tips are available in English and Spanish.

Asthma medications in the news

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Some Inhalers Will Be Phased Out
Certain asthma inhalers will no longer be available after December 31. Some old-style inhalers use chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs damage the environment by destroying the ozone layer.

New inhalers are better for the environment. The new devices work differently and will cost more. Because they are brand-name drugs, not generics, the price will be higher.

So if you or your children use an asthma inhaler, talk with your health care provider and your insurance company. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has more info.

Serevent and Foradil Not Recommended for Children
An FDA advisory committee has recommended that chidren not use two asthma drugs Serevent and Foradil, according to The New York Times. These drugs may increase the risk of death if they are not used with a steroid. The FDA is considering the committee’s recommendation before making an official ruling. If you have questions about these two drugs, talk to your health care provider.

National children’s health study: Important and historic

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

In January, the National Children’s Study will officially begin. Researchers will start contacting pregnant women to see if they would like their child to participate. This is the largest, long-term study of children in the history of the United States

The research will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of children.

The study will focus on “environmental influences” on health. The researchers define the word “environment” very broadly. They will examine genetic, biological, psychosocial, and natural and man-made environmental factors.

Alan Fleischman, M.D.,  medical director of the March of Dimes, chairs the federal advisory committee for the study.

For more information, visit the study’s Web site. 

To learn how you can keep the environment safe for your baby, read the March of Dimes articles. For information on environmental risks in pregnancy, click here.

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Hazardous substances

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I’ve been to the Home Depot three times this week. It’s official. I’m a suburbanite. Living in an apartment building was so easy. Any time a repair was needed we called the maintenance guy and the problem was resolved. Now we have to do everything ourselves. I don’t mean to complain, but up until last week I’ve never lived in an actual house and don’t know a hammer from a hair dryer.

The previous owners allowed their little daughter to place stickers all over the back of her bedroom door. Mental note to self: a kid needs supervision and a sticker album. I did some research online and got some tips for removing this mess and refinishing the door. I purchased all the necessary supplies including a mask and gloves just to be on the safe side. This is just one of the many projects on the list. There’s also an ant problem in the bathroom and the oven needs to be scoured.

I have just about every product you can think of  to spruce the place up from the windows to the hard wood floors. But, before I buy anything I read the labels first to identity any hazardous substances. Whenever I start a new project I keep the windows open and a fan going. I’m also in the process of educating myself about natural cleaning products like baking soda, lemon, and vinegar. These are not only safe, but good for the environment and less expensive.