Healthy Health Care
Important Information for New Moms (and Dads, too!)
Materials for New Parents
Are you a new parent or are you planning to be one soon? See our materials below with tips on food choices and safer pest management, specifically designed for new moms.
Pesticides are chemicals that are used to poison and kill insects, rodents, and weeds. Because these chemicals are made to kill living things, they can also be harmful to your baby’s health. The good news is that there are safe ways to keep pests out of your home without the use of these chemicals.
Babies and Pesticides
There are three ways in which babies and
children get sick from pesticides used in homes and yards—through their
mouth, through contact with their skin, and by breathing them in.
Infants and children crawl on the ground and put things in their mouths
(including their hands) where pesticides may have been applied. Grass
for example, may be treated with pesticides in public areas, including
athletic fields and playgrounds.