6 Back-To-School Tips For Healthier Kids


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1. Say No to Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers
Many of the cheap antibacterial hand sanitizers found at the supermarket (and highly marketed during back-to-school time at the checkout counter) contain triclosan, a chemical linked to hormone disruption and cancer. Studies show that antibacterial products are no more effective than washing with soap and water, so skip them altogether. It’s also good to talk with school faculty and request they eliminate the use of conventional antibacterial products on school grounds for the same reason.

2. Raise Questions About Cleaning Products
Roughly 25% of the chemicals found in school cleaning products have been linked to cancer, asthma, rashes, and learning disabilities. While awareness is growing around greener and safer alternatives, start the conversation by asking faculty what cleaning products are used in the school or daycare setting. Regardless of the regulations or municipal laws that govern your child’s school district, parents can encourage the use of green cleaning products that are third-party certified as safe and healthy.

3. Encourage Safety During Art Time
Markers, felt pens, watercolor paints, and clays often contain and release heavy-duty environmental toxins such as phthalates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), solvents, and artificial dyes. Since art time is key to a child’s learning process, parents should talk to teachers this back to school season about taking extra precaution while art supplies are in use. These include putting away all food and beverages, opening a window, requiring kids to wear a smock, and making sure they wash their hands before returning to the next lesson.



By Carly Harrill| August 08, 2018
Categories:  Nest

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Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf
Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. Follow her on Twitter at @HummusHomegirl or visit her blog.

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