Children exposed to chemicals in cosmetics at higher risk of lung damage | GBRI


A new research undertaken by European scientists has revealed that children who are exposed to chemicals found in cosmetics and other personal care products, while in the womb or shortly after birth, might be at a higher risk of suffering from lung damage later on.

The study found that children exposed to three classes of chemicals—phthalates, parabens and the fluorinated compounds known as PFAS—had diminished lung function at six and twelve years of age.

The team used data from more than 1,000 pairs of mothers and children in France, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Spain and the U.K. It’s believed to be the first study to look at the effect on children’s lung function of exposure to chemicals before or after birth.

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