So you’ve just had a new baby, congratulations! Whether this is your first baby or an addition, there’s a definite adjustment period. And part of that adjustment means reprioritizing, asking for help, accepting help, and thinking as well as feeling differently.
For me, one adjustment was hiring someone to clean our house. After all, I wanted the best environment for my baby and I didn’t have the energy nor time to do it myself. That said, what started as an innocent adjustment, little did I know, would lead to “disaster”.
So, I’d like to share my lesson learned so that you and your baby avoid anything remotely similar. First, I should let you know that I had a healthy, full-term pregnancy with a natural delivery - my second. Despite the sleepless nights, it seemed that life was “perfect”…a handsome, healthy boy and a big brother who actually embraced his little brother.
Like clockwork, two week’s later, we went for my son Watson’s check-up, where he received glowing remarks from the Doctor. While there, our cleaning lady came and like usual used one of my favorite cleaning products – Cl*r*x…to disinfect and get the best clean possible. Of course, I was thinking what a great day….fabulous report from the Pediatrician and coming home to a clean house.
After spending the afternoon and evening at home, enjoying our clean house and each other, Watson began to cry uncontrollably. He didn’t really want to nurse, he just cried and cried and then began to run a fever that climbed higher and higher. I contacted our on-call Pediatrician, who instructed I take Watson to the emergency room ASAP.
Watson and I arrived at the emergency room around midnight while my husband stayed at home to care for our 2 year old son. Once there, Watson underwent extensive examination including chest x-rays, spinal tap, blood draws, IV, antibiotics, etc… It was a horrific site watching my baby undergo such treatments! We were admitted and proceeded to stay a complete week. A week from hell. At times, I didn’t recognize my son with all the tubes attached to him. Throughout the week, he continued to run very high temps - 105+, receive multiple antibiotics, oxygen, and an unbelievable number of blood draws. The doctor’s scratched their head as to what was going on…was it RSV or something else?
I believe it was all the prayers and support that benefited us most. Unfortunately, the doctors never officially diagnosed him…just said it was viral. That said, thankfully Watson recovered.
However, for the next 2 years Watson struggled with respiratory challenges, ear infections, and so on. We treated each one. In fact, breathing treatments 3 times a day were common.
It wasn’t until someone shared the “real dirt on clean” that I realized how toxic conventional cleaning products are. And that pound for pound, children breathe in more air than adults. So, they have substantially heavier exposure than adults to any toxins that are present in water, food, or air.
Needless to say, we’ve said good-bye to conventional clean and hello to safe, green clean. And since making that “clean” change, we’ve also said good-bye to breathing treatments and medications and hello to all natural health.
So, my postpartum advice is to clean or have your house cleaned responsibility – without the toxins. It will not only benefit you but also your baby and the environment!