Baby Eczema and The Effects of Hard Water on Children

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According to the CDC, July and August are the most popular months for babies. It’s no coincidence September is Baby Safety Month! If you are lucky enough to have a precious little new inhabitant of your house, you want to make sure they are properly nourished.

But what about the effects of hard water on your baby’s skin? From the bathtub to the laundry, the water used during these essential life events can have an adverse effect on your child.

High levels of hard water are directly associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema), an itchy inflammation of the skin. Hard water can be a catalyst that triggers this reaction. According to a new study led by King’s College London, living in a hard water area was associated with an up to 87% increased risk of baby eczema at three months of age, independent of domestic water chlorine content.

Though eczema is largely known as a genetic condition, environmental triggers in household items such as water, detergent, and a mix of the two can cause symptoms.

While it is not known if calcium carbonate buildup is directly linked to causing these issues, or whether the pH levels or other factors at play, what is known is that having hard water is not good for adults, let alone the tender skin of a young child. Installing a high-grade Culligan® water softener can ensure the health of your child’s skin is at a limited risk.

Furthermore, washing your baby’s clothes with the rest of your laundry probably won’t irritate your baby’s skin unless he or she suffers from allergies or eczema. However, don’t wash cloth diapers along with your regular load, as harsh detergents can cause diaper rash, regardless of water hardness.

Water itself doesn’t have an all-encompassing ability to effectively cleanse skin gently. If you are living in a hard water area, consider using a liquid baby cleanser. Though more studies are needed to attribute the specific contributions of ingredients of these formulations, the correlation between using such a product and your child experiencing less effects of dry skin is positive.

Five Examples of New Water Technology

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In the fast-paced world where everyone and everything can be connected and startups are funded daily, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of new water technology. Water safety, conservation and filtration have not escaped this paradigm shift.

Many of the new, smart-home technology water products of the future focus on two things: to alert and to conserve. Products that can help us become more mindful of our water usage theoretically pay themselves off in a certain amount of time.

Other commercial water products aim to intrigue by offering filtered water at a price point that undercuts the value of even the cheapest bottle of water.

At the end of National Water Quality month, we take a look at some of these devices and structures, whether it be for consumer or industry, to peek into the future of water conservation.

One would argue the climate for accessing cleaner drinking water is just right: In 2015, investments in natural water infrastructure projects that would deliver cleaner drinking water, reduce storm damage and reduce flood risks increased to a record high of $25 billion.

Other countries are getting into the act for new water technology: Lima, Peru announced it was restoring its pre-Incan canals in the Andes to help with its water shortage. Blending the natural ecosystem with old and new technology could

FLUID Smart Water Meter

Each appliance in your house, from the washing machine to the bathroom toilet, has a set run rate – the duration of water that flows thru that particular pipe when the machine is running.

The FLUID Smart Water Meter not only uses ultrasonic technology to figure this out, it will gather this data and tell you exactly when, where, and how much water you are consuming from each source of use.

FLUID also contains a disaster prevention tool, immediately providing alerts for leaks and making it an instrument that could pay dividends down the road.

WaterO

The WaterO is a tabletop reverse osmosis filter about the size of a microwave that utilizes a more complex filtration system than the likes of Brita or PUR.

The digital display on the front gives you TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) count before and after it runs through the quadruple filtration process. There is no need to connect to your plumbing water line – WaterO is a zero installation water purifying device. This means you can place WaterO anywhere in your home.

Currently with a limited availability, WaterO has received nearly $100,000 in crowdfunding resources.

Sutro

There are a handful of smart home water products, but what about your backyard? Your pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) is as much a part of your home as anywhere. Along with a big investment up front, your pool needs constant care and maintenance. That’s where the Sutro comes in.

The Sutro floats in your pool, measuring its chemical makeup and allowing you to monitor the results from a smartphone. You can also sign up for a weekly subscription to deliver the right chemicals that your pool needs.

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

It may not be entirely new, but the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter has become a favorite of hikers, campers, and general outdoor types, though that was not originally its intended audience.

Swiss-based Vestergaard Frandsen developed the contraption in 2006 to help people in developing countries that don’t have access to clean water. The “straw” with a built-in filter cleans up to 264 gallons of water by trapping bacteria and protozoa. It does not, however, filter out dissolved solids and salt from sea water.

The product is available on the commercial market, and at a $20 price point, is a popular product for many that like to enjoy recreational activities near freshwater streams, lakes and rivers.

Warka Water Tower

Ok, so you might not find one of these in your home. But this innovative project in new water technology is too interesting to leave off the list.

The Warka Water Tower, invented by industrial designer Arturo Vittori is a 30-foot tall vase-shaped contraption that has a mesh net collecting droplets of dew that forms along the surface.

Since May of 2015, Warka’s prototypes have been featured in the Dorze Community in Ethiopia, a country where less than half the population has access to a clean water sources.

It costs merely $500 to set up a tower – and could be cheaper if mass produced, according to Vittori, who is looking to achieve this feat by 2019.