Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Health tip

Protect your baby from household hazards

Avoid these ordinary things in your home that may be dangerous for your baby:

* Chemicals, such as those in insect killers, cleaners or paint thinners: Lead, mercury and paint (including paint fumes)

* Cat litter -- an infection caused by a parasite found in cat feces can lead to birth defects. Avoid cat litter and wear gloves when gardening.

* Rodents, including pet rodents such as rats -- they can carry a virus that can be harmful or even deadly to your unborn baby.

* Germs -- take steps to avoid illness, such as washing hands often.

* Secondhand smoke