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Naphthalene linked to infant blood disorders and brain damage

Recent research has confirmed that it is not safe to dress babies in clothes that have been stored in naphthalene, a key ingredient in mothballs.

Naphthalene is not a banned ingredient in Australia but experts are now calling for any products that use it as an ingredient to be removed from sale.

Of most danger are those babies of a particular inherited enzyme deficiency, but the message for parents is clear ­– avoid naphthalene around all babies.

Just because something is available for purchase in our local shop does not mean that it is necessarily safe or ok to use. This is one reason why adopting a cautious approach with chemical usage around infants and young children is essential.

Read more about naphthalene and safety with babies.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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