Some stores sell "organic mattresses" or "non-chemical" mattresses (consisting of 'all-natural' latex, as if latex were not a chemical) for children.
Some of them make health claims, with an implication is that non-organic mattresses are going to give your kid some kind of horrible disease.
Components used for the production of polyurethane memory foams
Components researched: isocynates; methylene chloride, 1,1,1-trichloroethane; acetone; benzene; ethylene oxide; formaldehyde
Biological Monitoring - Is memory foam safe?
Clinical evaluations conducted by Duke University; Source ATSDR - Public health advisory Public Health Implications: The exact amount of TDI required to cause adverse health effects is unknown. People have become sensitized after being exposed to as little as 20 parts per billion (ppb). After sensitization there is no amount of TDI that one may be exposed to safely. Studies have shown that in sensitized individuals, asthmatic attacks can occur after exposed to TDI air concentrations as low as 0.1 ppb.
Testing Results: Of 113 participants tested, 10 participant (9%) developed antibodies.
In this day and age of chemical living, it is so important to limit baby's exposure to toxic chemicals. Non-organic cotton sheets are often treated with formaldehyde. Non-organic crib mattresses and non- natural crib mattresses contain polyurethane foam as well as phosphorus, arsenic, and antimony compounds as preservatives and fire retardants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is thought to be related to these chemicals in crib mattresses.
Click HERE to read more about chemicals in baby products, how these chemicals are related to SIDS, and why you should choose an organic baby mattress, baby bedding, and sleepwear.
Is there any truth to the idea that organic mattresses are healthier than their non-organic counterparts?
I'd accept almost any criterion for a definition of 'healthy'-- less earaches, less asthma, lower incidence of SIDS, less diseases in general, , etc.
I want to know if this is yet another product to separate the nervous parent from their money, or if there is any validity to the claim.