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Floors that Can Make You and Your Children Sick

play-mat floors health risks

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  • Soft, flexible plastic flooring, such as vinyl or those padded play-mat floors for kids (often used in day cares and kindergartens, too), are typically made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which contain dangerous phthalates
  • A new study conducted by Swedish researchers found levels of certain phthalates were higher in the urine of babies that had PVC flooring on their bedroom floor
  • PVC flooring has been linked to chronic diseases, including allergies, asthma and autism
  • The phthalates emitted from PVC floors are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive “gender-bending” effects that are particularly dangerous to infants and children
  • When choosing flooring materials for your home, and especially for your child’s bedroom, avoid PVC whenever possible

By Dr. Mercola

You've probably given careful consideration to the food your children consume on a daily basis. But what about the other environmental influences they're exposed to on a near 24/7 basis, such as the materials in their living space and, more specifically, your flooring?


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