Baby Safety Month: Protecting Your Bundle of Joy

Baby Safety MonthSeptember is Baby Safety Month, a time where we take a look at protecting our pride and joy. Now is also a good time to be aware of the dangers that could affect your newborn such as Blue Baby Syndrome. But what is Blue Baby Syndrome and how do you know if your child is at risk? Blue Baby Syndrome is a condition in which a baby is diagnosed with Cyanosis, which is characterized by having blue skin instead of the normal reddish color of the body. This is due to a lack of oxygen being received by the baby’s tissues, organs and cells. Typically, babies below six months are most likely to have this syndrome. Treatments vary from case to case so always seek medical advice before going with one solution over another. Another issue is drinking nitrite contaminated water. Infants below the age of 6 months who drink water contaminated with nitrite can become seriously ill, showing symptoms such as shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. Test for Nitrite in your water with the Nitrite Test Strips which contain 50 test strips and gives a safe and precise water test measurement.

Raising a child takes knowledge and care to ensure the first years are healthy and happy. With that in mind, here are a few items that will help protect your bundle of joy.

To help your baby breathe easier, strongly consider this top of the line allergy machine. The Austin Air Baby’s Breath Allergy Machine helps to reduce wheezing, coughing, sneezing and snoring. To improve the air in your nursery, this allergy machine will reduce airborne particles such as pollen and dust. This junior allergy machine is available in blue and pink.

The Sprite Baby Shower filters 99% of free chlorine–which causes cracked and dry skin–leaving your child with soft, smooth skin. The Baby Shower features a small, easy-to-hold handle, enabling you to rinse shampoo and soap away from your baby’s eyes. Most importantly, it filters out the chemicals in your water that could be damaging to your child’s skin, eyes and hair. The Baby Shower uses an adapter to attach to your kitchen sink faucet, making it a perfect shower for your infant. The filter life for this product is 3 years or every 3,000 gallons.  After the filter has run its course, replace it with the Sprite HHC2 Hand-Held Replacement Cartridge.

The Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier produces cool and invisible moisture for medium-sized rooms. With this Vicks humidifier your newborn will experience easier breathing, which will result in a good night’s sleep. A distinctive feature of the Vicks humidifier is its independently controlled Starry Night Projector, which transforms an ordinary room into a starry night sky that will delight and mesmerize your infant.

The above products are all great recommendations for your children when it comes to keeping them safe. Take steps today to ensure a healthy and happy life for your baby.

10 Affordable and Practical Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Now-a-days people are more focused on buying gifts with a specific purpose in mind. Gone are the days of purchasing an impractical gift just for the sake of saying you gave someone a present. We understand what it’s like to streamline our household budgets, but at the same time we are savvier about giving gifts that will be remembered and appreciated for years to come. Filters Fast offers 10 functional and reasonably priced gift-giving suggestions to consider:

Water Filter Pitchers: This gift is ideal for college students or apartment dwellers who want filtered drinking water that is convenient, portable and reusable. See our selection of space-saving water filter pitchers available from Brita, Mavea, Pur, GE, Omnifilter and 3M Filtrete.

Klean Kanteen Wine Karafe: This 27 ounce wine carafe is made from BPA free, food-grade brushed stainless steel, wine enthusiast who wants to avoid taking a heavy wine bottle or decanter on a hike, carriage ride or picnic. that does not impart any unsavory flavors into your wine or other beverages. This gift is ideal for the wine enthusiast who wants to avoid taking a heavy wine bottle or decanter on a hike, carriage ride or picnic.

Sprite Baby Shower Water FilterSprite Baby Shower: The Sprite Baby Shower is the perfect gift for parents with infants. It features a small easy-to-hold handle and uses an adapter to attach to your kitchen sink faucet to easily bathe your infant. Replacement filters are available for continued use.

Fluval C3 Aquarium Power Filter SystemThis high performance system produces optimum aquarium filtration foryour tropical fish lover. The Fluval Aquarium Filtration System is designed for quick and easy maintenance with built-in features to remind you when components need to be cleaned or replaced.

Crane Animal Cool Mist Humidifiers: These ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers features assorted fun animal designs to choose from. Crane humidifiers will help a child breathe easier at night, while preventing dry skin and chapped lips triggered by dry indoor air.

Dog It Fresh and Clear Pet Water FountainDog It and Cat It Fresh and Clear Water Fountains: Do not forget about your pampered pooch or feline this holiday season. The Fresh and Clear Water Fountains for cats and dogs, constantly recirculates water to provide a steady stream of cool, crisp and clean water for your pets. With a sleek modern design, this fountain can help to prevent recurrent kidney or urinary tract infections in your pets.

Plane Clean Air Filter: The Plane Clean Air Filter is just the thing for the frequent flyer in your family. This airplane air filter is designed to help you breathe easier while you fly. It easily attaches to the overhead nozzle in most planes and helps to remove approximately 99.5% of bacteria and viruses from the air stream.

Watersafe Science Project Kit: This gift is great for your science aficionado. This test kit compares water quality and is easy for elementary students to use, yet scientifically sophisticated enough for high school experiments or projects. Available in a 4-pack or 10-pack value set.

Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup: Kids can now enjoy their favorite drink from an environmentally safe, stylish and BPA-free water bottle. This 12-ounce water bottle can easily provide a cool drink for younger kids and comes in a marine blue or pastel pink finish.

Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier: This gift is perfect for the hiker, camper or outdoor enthusiast. The Katadyn advanced water bottle filtration system can be used with untreated fresh water sources such as lakes, rivers and streams. This water bottle purifier includes the technology of a microbial purification filter cartridge and is ideal for emergency and natural disaster situations.

Filters for Kids – A Two-Part Series, continued

The wait is over.  Part two of the Filters for Kids series is here, so you can breathe easy. Well, almost. We suggest that you first make sure the air around you is safe…

Filters for Kids, Part Two: The Stuff We Breathe In

In the last post, I addressed the issue of contaminated water sources in schools and the health risks they pose to children. But water contamination is not just an issue in schools. Parents should take measures to ensure clean water for their kids at home as well. And not just clean drinking water. Clean bath water is also essential to good health.

Many water treatment facilities use chlorine as a disinfectant for public water sources. Bathing in chlorinated water can cause dry skin and damaged hair as the water is absorbed through the skin.  Inhaling the vapors in the air during a shower can also lead to respiratory problems, including asthma, after long-term exposure. This is especially dangerous for young children whose immune systems aren’t as strong as adults’. Perhaps you already have chlorine shower filters installed in your bathrooms. But if your child is too young to shower on his own, does that mean he has to suffer?

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just yet.  The hand held Sprite shower filter for babies removes 99 percent of free chlorine, leaving skin soft and lungs healthy. It has an adapter that enables it to attach to the kitchen sink for newborn babies and infants, and as your child grows older, the Baby Shower easily connects to any shower arm with the enclosed bracket. Does your child prefer baths over showers? We’ve got that covered too. The Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinator removes up to 100 percent of free chlorine from bath water and is completely safe for infants.

Chlorinated water is not the only thing that increases the risk of respiratory problems. Asthma is common in young children who are exposed to air pollution on a regular basis. Dust, pollen, mold spores, smoke, pet dander and other irritants easily get trapped in homes, causing allergies and other problems after long-term exposure. Parents can ensure their children have access to clean air in the home with an air purifier. Both the Whirlpool Whispure and 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet air purifier models are ideal for a baby’s nursery or a child’s bedroom.