Tips For Reducing Symptoms

Below we offer tips for avoiding common exposures that trigger symptoms. Triggers and symptoms will differ from person to person. We encourage everyone to take the QEESI survey. Whether you are TILTed or not, the avoidance of triggers and toxic exposures are a good idea. This is especially true to protect the most vulnerable individuals – children, pregnant women, or the chemically susceptible.

How Exposures Affect Pregnancy

Little is known about the long-term health effects of low-level chemical exposures on the developing brain. Researchers today suspect exposures to various medications, pesticides, traffic exhaust, plasticizers, and flame retardants, among others, could play a role in the rising numbers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the absence of definitive scientific information, expectant mothers can take precautions by reducing unnecessary exposures during pregnancy. Below is a list of some of the things moms-to-be can do to reduce unnecessary exposures to chemicals.

Common Triggers & Alternative Options

Consider the following options:

Instead of Using  Try This
Pesticides (indoors or on lawns) or mothballs Baits or traps
Paints, varnishes, glues, polishes with high solvent content Low- or no-solvent content paints, water-based finishes and glues
Bleach, ammonia, disinfectants and strong cleaning products Elbow grease, non-toxic soap and water, baking soda and vinegar
Scented products, perfumes, air fresheners, incense Unscented cleansers, laundry detergent, fabric softeners and cosmetics
Hair coloring, permanents, hair spray, other aerosols New haircut, hair gel, or spray-free styling products
Dry cleaning, odorous soft plastic toys, mattress covers Washable toys, bedding and clothing
Vinyl, pressed wood or particle board, carpeting (traps allergens) Ceramic, stone tile or hardwood floors
Commercial foods that contain pesticides or other questionable ingredients Organic foods and foods without additives or artificial colors/flavors
Tap water Filtered water


Other Possible Triggers

Indoor Air Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)

  • New Carpet
  • Text Plasticizers
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrances
  • Mold VOCs

Solvents

  • Glues
  • Paints
  • Gasoline
  • Nail Polish /Remover

Combustion-related Products

  • Engine Exhause
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Oil Well Fire Smoke
  • Natural Gas Stoves, Other Appliances
  • Gas Heating
  • Tar/Asphalt

Drugs/Medical Devices

  • Unusual Vaccine Reactions
  • Anesthetics
  • Implants
  • Antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy

Pesticides

  • Organophosphates
  • Carbamates
  • Pyridostigmine Bromide
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Pyrethrins/Pyrethroids
  • DEET

Cleaning Agents

  • Phenolic Disinfectants
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach