- reproductive harm
- early onset of puberty
- kidney and liver damage
Fire retardants enter the baby’s body by inhaling, skin absorption and by contact with contaminated household dust (mostly by crawling on the floor). These chemicals are harmful and could potentially be life threatening to the baby. Crib death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is being researched as it is claimed to be linked with exposure to mattress chemicals. Although these claims have not been scientifically proven it as of yet, it is recommended parents avoid chemical mattresses until further research is conducted.When a conventional mattress burns extremely hazardous gases are released into the air; the U.S. government to protect us requires mattress manufacturers to meet strict flammability standards which ironically enough they “solved” this by adding more toxic chemicals.
- Avoid Polyurethane foam. Commonly used as filling material in conventional baby mattresses. Petroleum based and highly flammable. Health Hazards: immune suppression, hormone disruption, developmental delays, learning and memory problems, behavior changes, cancer
- Avoid Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC). Usually used to waterproof mattress is very toxic and not environmentally friendly. Vinyl chloride, an intermediate component in the manufacturing of PVC, is a combination of petroleum and chlorine, and is a known human carcinogen.
- Avoid Polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Fire retardant chemical used in mattresses the microscopic particles from fire retardant chemicals contaminate household dust.
- Avoid Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP). Alternative fire retardant chemical known to change the DNA of people exposed and is listed as a carcinogen.