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Phthalates may Endanger Infants

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 11:38 AM

Phthalates in PVC flooring materials may pose a danger to children, who can ingest the softening agents with food and also absorb them by breathing and through the skin, new Swedish research suggests.
The study, led by scientists from Karlstad University, has found the ubiquitous chemical compounds can be easily taken up by the body, where they may increase the risks of asthma and allergies, as well as other chronic diseases in children, past research has suggested.
"With this study as a basis, we can establish that there are other sources that should be taken into consideration in regard to the uptake of …chemicals and that we do not only ingest them in our food," said lead researcher Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, a public health specialist at Karlstad University. “The findings also show that phthalates can be taken up in different ways, both through food and probably through breathing and through the skin.”
Phthalates are chemical compounds in construction materials and many consumer goods such as toys, cleaning solvents and packaging. Some scientists suspect they can disrupt hormones and may be linked to asthma, allergies and other conditions. PVC flooring materials contain phthalates, which are present in indoor dust, studies have shown.
For the new study, researchers sought to determine if PVC flooring materials could pose a risk to infants. They took urine samples from 83 children between the ages of 2 and 6 months in western Sweden. They checked for four types of phthalates and analyzed flooring materials and the infants’ homes.
Researchers found levels of certain phthalates were higher in the urine of babies whose bedroom floors used PVC materials.

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