CLEANING PRODUCTS could be harmful to unborn babies, study warns.
Disinfectant, a common household item, can be a risk factor for children who later develop asthma and eczema.
A study published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine looked at thousands of mother-child pairs.
Scientists examined whether maternal exposure to disinfectants at work was associated with an increase in diagnoses in their children by age three.
They found that children were much more likely to develop asthma or eczema when mothers used the cleanser one to six times a week.
Those who never used disinfectants had a significantly lower risk.
The study found that pregnant women who use hand sanitizers could be at greater risk of their children developing asthma and eczema.
Exposure to disinfectants in the workplace has been previously linked to asthma and dermatitis, but few studies have looked at pregnancy risks.
The authors wrote: “Our results are indicative of this exposure [to disinfectants] during pregnancy has an effect on allergies in the offspring, regardless of whether the mother returns to work when the child is 1 year old, and suggest an effect from exposure during pregnancy alone.
“Given the current increased use of disinfectants to prevent new coronavirus infections, it is of great public health importance to assess whether prenatal exposure to disinfectants poses a risk for the development of allergic diseases.”
They thought the reason for this was that disinfectants affect the gut and skin microflora of the mother – and therefore the child.
Or children of mothers who use disinfectants more often are more likely to be diagnosed due to broader knowledge or awareness.
According to the British Skin Foundation, one in five children will be affected by eczema at some point.
There is no cure for the condition, but sometimes people “outgrow” it or have long periods without it.
People live with the skin condition by using treatments and learning what triggers their flare-ups.
Over the years, research has been able to do this pinpoint common reasons why eczema flares up.
The Center of Evidence-based Dermatology, University of Nottingham outlined these in a paper 2009 by reviewing studies, including one that followed 60 children with the condition.
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