Many doctors and scientists have become concerned with the toxicity issues of various products, including crib mattresses, particularly regarding the possible effects of these chemicals on our children given their increased vulnerability. The National Academy of Sciences describes four factors that may contribute to children's unique vulnerability to the harmful effects of chemicals.
1) Children’s exposures are greater pound-for-pound than those of adults
2) Children are less able than adults to detoxify and excrete chemicals
3) Children’s developing organ systems are more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposure
4) Children have more years of future life in which to develop disease triggered by early exposure
It is becoming increasingly clear that toxic chemicals are affecting our children. A primary source of toxic chemicals in the environment of a child during its first few years of life is the mattress and sleeping environment. Removing potentially harmful chemicals from these prominent objects represents a prudent and wise approach for concerned parents.