Babies Playing In The Water

    Published: July 27, 2015

    Are you exposing your baby to chlorine and contaminants?

    New mothers go to great lengths to protect their babies from potential harm. From BPA-free glass bottles to all-natural clothing fibers and everything in between, moms are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of chemicals in and around their homes. Unfortunately, many remain unaware of the possible dangers from one big chemical found in the very water that flows from their household taps.

    The Dangers of Chlorine

    Many people associate chlorine with swimming pools; however, it’s also used to chemically treat their water supply. As a halogen, chlorine makes a fine disinfectant, which helps to eliminate protozoans, bacteria, viruses, and other pathogenic organisms that might otherwise make us sick. Unfortunately, like other halogens, it has some negative side effects, especially when we’re drinking and bathing in it everyday.

    The Science Behind the Risk

    Babies Playing In The WaterLike other disinfectants, chlorine reacts with naturally-occurring materials found within water. When this occurs, trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids form. Studies have linked each of these substances with an increased risk of cancer, along with kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems. What’s more, since chlorine has a lower boiling point than water, it vaporizes easily during baths and showers. This allows it to enter the lungs, where it is able to bypass the body’s natural filtration systems and enter the blood stream.

    Protecting Your Child from Chlorine

    Considering the potential risks associated with chlorine, many communities have begun using ozone and other alternative disinfectants to treat drinking water. That said, most water treatment facilities still rely on chlorine to kill pathogens.

    For parents who live in these communities, a home filtration system makes a lot of sense. A Pelican Water Premium Whole House Water Filter reduces chlorine, chloramines, and other chemicals to deliver safer, healthier water for the entire home. Adding a Pelican UV protection system also eliminates 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria.

    For apartments and condos, the combination of a countertop or RO drinking filter—which provide healthier water for baby food and drinks—and a Pelican shower filter with wand would make an ideal starter kit to keep your baby healthy.