How To Make A Home Healthy For The Family | #cp

As a conscientious husband and father, you will always be looking for ways to make the house as healthy and safe for your family as possible. You notice a problem, you fix it. You read something that advises an improvement on a certain aspect of the home, and you implement it. This is what caring means. But did you know that there is a strong connection between the house and your health? This is especially true when it comes to hidden mould, for example. But, you can’t be aware of everything, and maybe you have a newborn in the house, or maybe a new baby on the way. So, to help you out, we have come up with a few ideas on how to make your home more healthy and safe. 

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Control house dust
Did you know that house dust can cause allergies? Dust may also contain some health-damaging toxins and chemicals too, such as lead, pesticides, asbestos etc. This means that too much dust can be dangerous, especially to young children. If you feel that dust is a problem in your house, perhaps you could invest in a non-carpeted floor, such as wood. Maybe you could varnish up the old floorboards beneath. Alternatively, invest in an extra-strength dust-busting vacuum cleaner and ensure that the home is vacuumed frequently, and every corner of that carpet is thoroughly seen too. 

Test your home
If you are conscious about chemicals in an old home, it might be worth investing in a test. Lead and radon are of a particular issue, and both can cause health problems. Lead was used in paint up until 1978. As paint gets old, it flakes and turns to dust, meaning there will be lead in the air. If you do have a baby on the way lead poisoning can cause the unborn to suffer brain damage, this danger is also relevant for young children too. Any home can have a radon gas issue, and radon gas is a cause of cancer, especially lung cancer. It is colourless and odourless and is emitted from the ground due to the natural breakdown of the soil and rock. If you are worried, you should invest in a radon gas test.

Use less chemical-based products
When you are gardening, do you use products that contain pesticides? Or do you use poison for mice and rats? There are many dangerous chemicals in everyday products which may be in themselves relatively small, however, used frequently can cause overexposure and it is children who are especially vulnerable. The overuse of products with pesticides and other chemicals on them can cause children to develop asthma, be born with learning disabilities, and various other brain development problems. Go natural or organic, or find alternative methods for dealing with these issues. Keeping mice at bay may be as simple as ensuring all containers are tightly sealed, for example. Use non-toxic household cleaning products too, there are many choices in this day and age and you will be able to find less harmful alternatives.

You may want to invest in a water test to see if the water coming through the tap is completely clear of harmful chemicals. Although the water is cleaned and filtered, there is no guarantee that it will be 100% free from harmful chemicals. If there are chemicals, you may need to get a water filter or use bottled water. If you have a water tank or want to invest in a water tank, you may need the potable vs non-potable water guide to ensure that you purchase the correct type for your needs. 

Develop healthy habits
If you are a smoker, then it is advisable to quit for the sake of your children. Second-hand smoking can cause asthma in children. Even if you smoke outside, there will be chemicals and harmful toxins on your clothes. If you come back in and breathe these on to your children, or pick the children up and have them breathe in the smoke from your clothes, this is dangerous to their health. There are around 70 chemicals in cigarettes, such as ammonia, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and lead, and all are damaging to health and can cause a range of illnesses, including cancer. So quit smoking. Also, you should ensure everyone in the household washes their hands often to stop the spread of germs, infections, and other dirty things. Kicking unhealthy habits and creating new healthy ones, including having a better diet, will do wonders for everyone in your family. 

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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