Children exposed to cleaning products and other household chemicals before or after birth may be at increased risk of breathing problems, results of a study published Wednesday hint.
Direct cause not proven
"We can only state that there is an association between frequent use of this range of products, and the message should probably be 'use in moderation,'" he told Reuters Health.
The findings, published in the European Respiratory Journal, do not prove that household chemicals directly caused the children's lung problems.
Overall, children's risk of wheezing climbed in tandem with mothers' use of household chemicals, the investigators found.
European Respiratory Journal, March 2008. – (Reuters Health)
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