Off-gassing. When is the last time the topic of mattress off-gassing came up in a conversation for you? Although it’s a serious issue and affects your health, it isn’t something that is always at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
What Is Off-Gassing?
What do you think of when you hear the term off-gassing? If you think of chemicals, you are headed on the right track. Off-gassing means to “give off a chemical, especially a harmful one, in the form of a gas.” That is the simple definition.
In more elaborate terms, “Off-gassing is the evaporation of volatile chemicals in non-metallic materials at normal atmospheric pressure. This means that building materials can release chemicals into the air through evaporation. This evaporation can continue for years after the products are initially installed which means you continue to breathe these chemicals as you work, sleep and relax in your home or office.”
The main cause of mattress off-gassing are the components used. The chemicals used in synthetic foams, which are usually petroleum-based, and certain fire retardants emit fumes.
These chemicals can cause serious reactions and many of these chemical-laced mattresses haven’t ever been tested on children or for the duration of time one will sleep on the mattress in their lifetime.
How Do Eco-Friendly Mattresses Differ From Traditional Mattresses?
Unlike conventional mattresses, eco-friendly mattresses don’t contain chemicals that are toxic to your kid’s health. Eco-friendly and organic mattresses are anti-microbial, constructed with biodegradable materials and don’t have any harsh chemicals.
Eco-friendly mattresses are also made from natural and renewable resources. These materials make for a more comfortable, quality sleep and also increase the durability of the mattress.
By using eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton and hypo-allergenic fibers, these mattresses offer better comfort by allowing the mattress to “breathe” better. In addition, since the materials used are natural they don’t emit fumes into the air which makes for a safer, cleaner environment.
How Does Mattress Off-Gassing Affect My Kid?
The off-gassing that occurs from mattresses that have chemicals expose kids to fumes. Although these fumes may be undetected after about a week, they can still have side affects on your children.
Several kids today suffer from allergies and traditional mattresses can make it worse. Over the years, your kid will inhale these chemicals and over time off-gassing can cause asthma and cancer among other health problems.
Side Effects of Off-Gassing On Kids
A lot of mattress companies have realized that off-gassing attributes to some pretty serious side effects. Some of the major side effects from mattress off-gassing include:
- Puffy, red, watery eyes
- Respiratory Problems
What Materials Should I Avoid Exposing My Kid To?
To ensure that your kid has the healthiest sleep possible, you should steer clear of the following chemicals and materials:
- Petroleum based chemicals
- Toxic foams
- Synthetic foams
- Chemical Fire Retardants
- Polyurethane Foam
- Polybrominated diphenyl (PBDEs)
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Mattress off-gassing can negatively affect your kid’s health and it’s best to research before buying them a new mattress. If you want to make sure that your kid has the healthiest sleep environment, check out these other ways to detoxify their bedroom.