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I am so irritated that as a mom, I can't choose to spend MORE money and buy a chemical free mattress for my child to sleep on. I am sick over the fact that I need an RX to buy a stinkin natural mattress. My ped refused to write a prescription for my ds's mattress I was going to buy from White Lotus. What is the big freakin deal????? Yes, I know the fire issue but I am not as concerned about that as I am about my son suffering from allergies. We don't have matches in the house, we have a fire alarm hooked up to the fire station ect. Fire detectors all over and outside is bedroom. He has a wool and cotton mattress now. We just found out he is allergic to the wool in his natural mattress. He has terrible eczema (it's getting better) and very sensitive skin. He has been up itching all night long for the past 3 months. So now, I am stuck as to what top do for him? He is on an air mattress for the time being and finally getting some sleep at night. I am just so angry that someone else can tell me I can't have something that I know my ds needs.<br><br>
Does anyone else have any ideas as to what I can do for a natural sleep area for him? It must be all cotton and no wool. I was going to buy a borate free cotton futon in a toddler size for a toddler bed but can't because of my ped. Am I stuck with buying one with the borate? How terrible is that?
 

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Can you find another dr to write the rx? Maybe a chiropractor or something?
 

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It has to be an MD. My ND did mention today when we were discussing the fact my ped would not write it that she knew someone that would probably do it. I may go that route. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I just hate that is has to be so complicated. I already got a prescription from Kaiser last year but I ended up never using it. Again, that was a nightmare to get. I felt like I was some fruitcake the way they were looking at me cross eyed for the fact I would even suggest buying a healthier mattress. They couldn't understand the reason behind it and I actually had to get them to redo it. I won't be going back to them to get it. I use a Kaiser affiliated doc now so I don't take the kids to the standing Kaiser facilty.
 

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FYI....I just ordered my mattress from White Lotus. For anyone who finds this message while searching later, they will accept a letter from an ND. Their website says MD or DO only but the guy ended up calling someone and they said it was fine. Oh and he also said in July the laws are changing and it will be even harder to buy a natural mattress.
 

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Would you consider a mattress with cotton filling and a poly outer layer? Naturepedic mattresses don't need a prescription. They meet the FDA's fire-retardant regulations with a baking soda/silica-based retardant process.<br><br><a href="http://www.naturepedic.com/products/mattresses/organic_crib_mattress.php" target="_blank">http://www.naturepedic.com/products/...b_mattress.php</a><br><a href="http://www.naturepedic.com/info/flamebreaker.php" target="_blank">http://www.naturepedic.com/info/flamebreaker.php</a><br><br>
It's not 100% cotton by any means, but it protects from a lot of the off-gassing and chemical issues of regular baby mattresses. Hope that helps, mama!
 

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We bought beds from Soaring Hearts and they don't require letters.<br><br>
If it was me, I would find a new doc. It's not like you asked for a prescription for valium or something.<br><br>
Washington State has banned PBDEs <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2007/apr/policy/nl_PBDEs.html" target="_blank">http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journa.../nl_PBDEs.html</a><br><br>
There was a study done by Boeing that said flame retardants are killing people, not fires.
 

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naturemama1, I did look at those but wondered about the baking soda/silica. That would have been my next step.<br><br>
westcoastmom...I looked at soaring hearts too but in order to get a green cotton with no boric acid you have to have a letter. I could have gotten a mattress from White Lotus too that has boric acid. I was trying to get one without. Who knew it would be so hard? lol
 

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What's wrong with borate? I thought it was the pbdes that were harmful.<br><br>
We're in the market for a new king mattress, but it doesn't need to be all organic wool and I cannot spend top of the line. I simply want to avoid the worst, but the info out there is really overwhelming to me.
 

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This is RIDICULOUS <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss">. It looks like until July this is a state law. My husband and I bought an organic, chemical free mattress with no questions asked. Can someone explain this situation to me? I want to buy my son a chemical free mattress, what the heck?!
 

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I'm just as confused as the next person. We just started mattress shopping last week, and aparently the law in Ohio has recently changed. All the mattress stores are turning over their inventory to match the new law. Problem is, I CANNOT figure out what the new law IS, or what it SAYS. One salesperson implied that it matches the California law, and CA usually leads the way on environmental issues. BUT I can't find anything about the laws, either in Ohio or in CA. (This is in regards to fire retardants and fire safety - apparently the mattresses are MORE fire retardant. This can been seen as a good thing, unless it involves more chemicals, which I'm afraid it might.)<br><br>
Please, if anyone knows about this, let us know. Thanks!
 

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Here, I found an article about the CA ban from last year (but it talkes about the the ban being effective in June 2007).<br><a href="http://www.insidebayarea.com/bodyburden/ci_2866424" target="_blank">http://www.insidebayarea.com/bodyburden/ci_2866424</a>
 

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I hear you. In California we've been unable to get one for quite some time. My Dd's mattress was my son's and luckily bought before this horrific law. My poor son is stuck on chemicals, though. We just cannot afford a wool mattress. THe Pajamas anger me even more, though! Mattresses, sure. We're all suffering so those who fall asleep smoking won't die. Fine. But children's PJs? Come on! This is the 21st century. I teach my kids to extinguish their cigarettes before falling asleep, doesn't everyone else? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Can you believe this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: The state of this country's political system is going to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="devil"><br>
It will become federal law that all mattresses must be full of chemicals.<br><a href="http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/view_press_release.php?rID=27522" target="_blank">http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/view....php?rID=27522</a><br>
I'm sleeping in a hammok<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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What about <a href="http://www.satara-inc.com/cata.php?subsection=1" target="_blank">these</a>?<br><br><i>Vivetique organic mattresses contain no chemical flame retardants. The wool in the Vivetique organic mattress acts as a natural flame retardant so Vivetique organic mattresses meet state and federal flame retardant standards including the stringent California standards without the use of chemical flame retardants.</i>
 

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I'm sorry. I missed your original post re: wool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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You can sew your own mattress out of many many cotton quilt battings. I would suggest the King size ones with 10% polyester. Make many folds to get it the right size, and make ties with a large upholstery needle. Then cover with fabric. It does not need to be as thick as a traditional foam mattress. Your total cost could be lower than ordering from the company!<br><br>
There is a patern here: <a href="http://roundearth.stores.yahoo.net/japanesefuton.html" target="_blank">http://roundearth.stores.yahoo.net/japanesefuton.html</a>
 

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I am just stunned that you people can't go out and buy the mattress of your choice. I've never heard of such a thing. Here in Canada you have your choice of organic cotton, wool, natural latex, etc. Very, very bizarre situation y'all are dealing with! I'm glad some of you have found a way to get around this, but MAN...that is Weird!
 
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