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    Ten Ways to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Exposure

    As the environment becomes increasingly polluted, parents seem to have a harder time keeping their children away from toxins and chemicals. Here are some easy ways you can limit your kids’ exposure.

    1. Buy organic foods when possible.

    2. Breastfeed your baby while you’re eating healthy yourself.

    3. Use teethers and soft plastic toys that are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and bisphenol-A (BPA). Avoid letting your child put hard plastic toys in his/her mouth, as those designed for older children are more likely to contain PVC or BPA. Give your kids more wooden toys.

    4. Avoid using the microwave, especially when warming up breast milk or formula. Don’t heat food or milk in plastic, as the heat can cause chemicals to leach.

    5. Avoid BPA, PVC, or polycarbonate plastic in bottles, sippy cups, eating utensils, and food containers. Choose plastics that have a #1,
      #2, or #5 in their recycling triangle. Or use glass, enamel, ceramic, or stainless steel.

    6. Avoid canned foods, as most metal cans contain BPA.

    7. Don’t buy foods wrapped in plastic wrap that contains PVC. If you have no choice, cut off a thin layer of the food when you get home and store the rest in glass or safer plastic.

    8. Avoid washing plastic bottles, dishware, or containers with hot water and harsh detergents. Toss any that start to look scratched or hazy.

    9. San Francisco has some of the cleanest tap water in the world. Make sure your children drink enough water (half of their body weight in ounces) from glass, safe plastic, or stainless steel containers.

    10. Use only natural, nontoxic, and if possible, organic bath and body products, as well as green household cleaning agents.