Babies frequently exposed to cleaning products at higher risk of asthma: study

New research suggests frequent exposure to common household cleaning products can increase a child’s risk of developing asthma. (Shutterstock/Yeti studio)

(Canadian Press) — New research suggests frequent exposure to common household cleaning products can increase a child’s risk of developing asthma.

The cohort study found young infants living in homes where cleaning products were used frequently were more likely to develop childhood wheeze and asthma by age three.

Lead author Jaclyn Parks, a health sciences graduate student at Simon Fraser University in B.C., said the first few months of life are critical to the development of a baby’s immune and respiratory systems.

“The risks of recurrent wheeze and asthma were notably higher in homes with frequent use of certain products, such as liquid or solid air fresheners, plug-in deodorizers, dusting sprays, antimicrobial hand sanitizers and oven cleaners,” Parks said in a release.

“It may be important for people to consider removing scented spray cleaning products from their cleaning routine. We believe that the smell of a healthy home is no smell at all.” (…)

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