The children spend a lot of time playing in their room and sleep there more than 10 hours a night. Since they are more sensitive to pollution than adults, good air quality and indoor environment in their rooms is essential. However, there are many sources of pollution: new furniture, recent paint, bedding treated against dust mites, play mats, plastic toys, household cleaning products, etc.
YOOTEST offers an "ALL-IN-ONE" analysis pack in order to carry out a complete assessment of the indoor air quality in your children's room.”
Contrary to popular belief, children's bedrooms are the most polluted rooms in the house. Indeed, the arrival of a child in a family is often an opportunity to prepare a room in which the child can grow and rest in complete safety. Unfortunately, renovation and decoration work as well as the purchase of new furniture and toys are often responsible for a significant pollution of this living room, which can harm their physical, psychomotor and intellectual development.
Indoor air pollution should be measured in children's bedrooms as a priority.”
Some Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - chemicals that are gaseous at room temperature such as formaldehyde and benzene - are thus carcinogenic, and others are suspected of being so. And in general, VOCs are considered to promote, aggravate and trigger asthma and respiratory allergies.
According to the results obtained by the Indoor Air Quality Observatory (OQAI) in France, children's bedrooms have a formaldehyde concentration greater than 10 µg/m3. However, the National Health Safety Agency (ANSES) recommends that this reference value should not be exceeded.
What we don't generally know is that there are multiple sources of these toxic chemicals in a child's room:
- Children's rooms are often furnished with new furniture made of particleboard that emits formaldehyde.
- Paints contain VOCs such as toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes.
- Household products contain formaldehyde, which is a biocide (formaldehyde), glycol ethers, solvents and fragrances such as limonene (lemon scent) or pinene (pine scent).
- Reconstituted wood flooring contains formaldehyde and VOCs.
- Home fragrances and essential oils are not recommended for young children as they contain a very high amount of VOCs.
- Plastic toys may contain harmful and toxic solvents.
Depending on the physical and mechanical properties sought by manufacturers, the plastic may contain up to 50% of plasticizing additives from the family of phthalates and bisphenols (BPA, etc.).”
Pesticides, plasticizers and flame retardants are semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) ubiquitous in the indoor environment of buildings. Children's bedrooms are no exception, even though the health consequences are much greater for them. In fact, these substances, classified as carcinogenic, toxic and endocrine disrupting, are likely to modify their hormonal functioning during their critical growth period.
COSVs usually attach themselves to the fine dust particles that children inhale when they are in their room, but also to the objects they put in their mouth.
As with VOCs, there are many sources of indoor air pollution by VOCs in a child's room:
- Furniture and flooring are covered with plastic polymer films containing plasticizers, such as phthalates and bisphenols.
- Carpets and rugs made of synthetic materials contain plasticisers and flame retardants.
- Curtains contain plasticizers and are often treated with flame retardants.
- Anti-mite mattresses and bedding are treated with insecticides.
- Older wooden beams may have been treated with persistent organochlorine insecticides such as lindane and pentachlorophenol.
- Plastic toys contain plasticizers.
- Soft toys and foams used in toys are treated with flame retardants.
- Pets (dogs and cats), whose fur has been treated with insecticides, can contaminate the indoor environment.
Dust mite allergens are largely responsible for asthma and respiratory allergies.”
Children with allergies and asthma are sensitive to the presence of dust mite allergens in indoor air.
These microscopic spiders thrive in warm, damp places like a mattress in the morning and feed on the dead skin we constantly lose.
Dust mite droppings contain an allergenic protein which, in too large quantities, can trigger allergic symptoms in sensitive people. Carpets and rugs can also accumulate dust mite allergens.
Measuring indoor air pollution by dust mite allergens is therefore necessary in the presence of an allergic person, on the one hand to check that the concentration of allergens does not exceed the recommended threshold of 2 µg/g (microgram of allergen per gram of dust) and on the other hand to verify that the actions taken have been effective.
To carry out a complete assessment of the air pollution and the indoor environment of your room, you can order the YOOTEST Children's Room Pack in our shop.
This kit is composed of all the analytical tests necessary to measure the pollutants in this presentation:
- YOOTEST Indoor Air Test
- YOOTEST Domestic Pesticides Test
- YOOTEST Flame Retardant Test
- YOOTEST Mite Allergens
- YOOTEST Plasticizers