Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was sent a copy of Protecting Your Child’s Health to review. All opinions presented are 100% mine.
Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs I have, but it is also one of the hardest things I have ever tackled. I want my family to be safe and healthy, which leaves me constantly wondering whether or not the decisions I make are good for my family. With so many different so-called experts around, how do you know who to trust? The world is literally at your fingertips and everyone seems to have the answer to your problems.
One parenting area that I am constantly evaluating is nutrition. What do I serve my children? Should they eat the chicken nuggets and fries? Can I feed them boxed meals or things that come from a can? In this day and age, there are so many food choices that carry risks of exposure to harmful ingredients, and this impacts our children’s health. As a mom and educator, I have learned that researching the questions I ponder sometimes leaves me feeling even more clueless than when I started.
When it comes to my children and their health, I need answers from sources I can trust such as the American Academy of Pediatrics. After all, children are their business. In a world where they can be so many gray areas, it is important to have a group that has the scientific evidence to support the recommendations they make. As a teacher, I know just how important the data and research behind something is. What the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say is reliable. As parents, you can take what they have discovered and use it to parent your own families.
One resource I have found to be helpful is “Protecting Your Child’s Health: Expert Answers to Urgent Environmental Questions” book. Drs. Ruth Etzel and Sophie Balk provide parents with the questions they seek answers to such as sun protection, air pollution, radiation, pesticides, food and water safety, and so much more. For me, I like to think of this book as a prescription. It is full of scientific data to allow me to do what is best for my family and their health.
This book presents the questions parents ask with real answers that you can use to formulate your own decisions that are best for your family. Take the question of article food coloring and its impact on children that have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. According to the book, “Artificial colors and flavors have not been shown to cause hyperactivity. Research in the 1970s showed a possible correlation between artificial coloring and hyperactivity, but no definitive link was made and more studies are needed.”
Another example from the book that is clear and easy to understand is in reference to asbestos. Just the mere mention fo this word makes make skin crawl and has me wondering if my home is free of this hazardous substance. According to the authors, “Asbestos is not found as commonly in private homes in the United States as in schools, apartment buildings, and public buildings.” They go on further to provide parents with examples of where you might find it in your home and what steps you can take.
We have found this book is really easy to understand manual for parents to help them navigate this thing called parenting in today’s world. With clear and easy to read the material, parents can rest in knowing that real answers are provided for them. You can pick up your copy on Amazon today.