Can you paint while pregnant?

Can you paint while pregnant?

October 23, 2016

Many mums-to-be, keen to prepare the nursery for their new arrival, have concerns over how paint fumes might affect their unborn child.  While the NHS Choices website states that it is “highly unlikely” that paint fumes can harm your unborn baby, new research shows that even low VOC, water-based paints carry risks to young children.

Current advice is to avoid using solvent-based paints or stripping old paintwork is it may contain traces of lead. And, because any small risk there is to a baby is greatest during the first trimester (weeks 0-13) – a period when the vital organs start to develop – it is suggested that women avoiding painting and decorating until at least the 14th week of pregnancy.

Is "low VOC" low enough?

New research has emerged that shows even low VOC, water-based paints carry risks to young children. (Read article "Children breathing fumes from water-based paints have high risk of asthma".)  Low VOC paints often contain PGEs (propylene glycol and glycol ethers), considered to be healthier substitutes to oil-based paints and solvents because they emit less fumes.  However, PGEs have now been linked to the increased incidence of allergies and asthma among children in the developed world since the 1970s. 

Children living in a house where at least one room was painted right before or after their birth had 63% more PGEs in their room than those whose houses had not been repainted.  Furthermore, children who sleep in bedrooms containing fumes from (normal) water-based paints and solvents are two to four times more likely to suffer allergies or asthma.

Little Knights is ZERO VOC and completely baby-friendly

Little Knights paint is not "low VOC", it is zero VOC and completely free from carcinogens and petrochemicals.  Not only can a freshly-painted room be occupied straight after using our paint – parents could even apply it with their baby in the room in total safety.  Pregnant mums who want the best of starts for their baby can rest assured they can use Little Knights paint to decorate before (and after) the big arrival in complete safety.  

 

Little Knights

Baby-safe paint that is zero emission, non-allergenic and 100% VOC free




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Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny.  This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain

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