Counseling patients on ways to minimize exposure to environmental toxins

Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN, sits down to discuss highlights of her presentation at the Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) 25th Annual Conference in Houston, Texas from September 28 to October 2022.

Q: How can providers counsel their patients on limiting environmental exposures?

KH: One tool that I talked about in my talk is the Safe Baby Products Guide. It's a really awesome resource for new parents and parents-to-be, talking about some of the common, more toxic chemicals that may be found in different baby products--whether it's mattresses, strollers and carriers, or other products that you might be using with babies. I think it's really great to help them start thinking about what could be in products, so they become more educated consumers. [It also] provides some examples of products that are safer. It also talks about affordability. Because one thing that's been really challenging for a lot of our lower income patients [is that] safer products have been out of reach. This is a real environmental justice issue Because of your income or where you live, you shouldn't have only access to more toxic products. So, as part of that guide, we provide guidance on choosing more inexpensive, safer products, where to look for those and ways that [families with limited funds] can be pulling their nursery together.

Download a PDF of the Safe Baby Products Guide here.

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