Exposure to chemicals in the womb linked to reduced lung function in children

(Olivia Petter/ The Independent) — Pregnant women who use household products containing certain chemicals could be putting the health of their child’s lungs at risk, new research has found.

A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal looked at data from more than 1,000 mother-child pairs and found links between prenatal exposure to parabens, phthalates and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and reduced lung function in children.

PFAS are found in many household products and food packaging, such as microwave popcorn bags and non-stick or stain-resistant cookware.

These chemicals can be absorbed by the mother through food or water and subsequently by the unborn baby, who will absorb them via the placenta. (…)

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