Every house hosts chemicals in it and for pregnant women who expose themselves to phthalates, this can affect the future child, who might develop asthma. A new study, conducted by Columbia University researchers, sais that butylbenzyl phthalate and di-n-butyl phthalate are the main culprits, being linked to asthma risk in children. Therefore, the kids with 80% increased risk will develop asthma between 5 and 11 years, if they’re moms have been exposed to these substances.
This information is very helpful, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the phthalates are actually causing asthma. The researchers wanted only to find an association between the substances and asthma. When the child is in the womb, it’s very vulnerable to all kinds of dangerous substances, and the moms must be very careful not to get in contact with phthalates, in particular.
Phthalates are chemicals that can make plastics feel more flexible and they break harder. Nowadays, we no longer find them in baby products such as teething rings or pacifiers, but the families who are not aware of the damage these phthalates can do to their unborn babies, don’t have any idea that they can get in contact with them through nail polishes, detergents, shampoos and other plastic products containing phthalates.
The researchers convinced 300 pregnant black women or Dominican living in northern Manhattan or New York City, and they took urine samples from them. The tests concluded that the women were exposed to phthalates and they continued to monitor their children by the age of 11, to see if they will develop asthma. Then, the researchers took urine samples from the children and found out that one of three kids developed asthma.
In other studies, phthalates were linked to allergic diseases (eczema) and it seems that there has been found an association between these chemicals and reproductive difficulties, also.