How chemicals in make-up products affect the fetus in the womb?
Scientists warn that babies exposed to high levels of phthalates while in the womb are up to 78% more at risk of the condition, causing their airways to become more sensitive.
Researchers at the University of Columbia in New York measured the level of two types of phthalates (butylbenzyl and di-n-butyl) in the urine of 300 pregnant women. The mothers were then given questionnaires when their children were aged 5-7, 9 and 11 years old to determine if they had asthma symptoms.
Dr. Robin Whyatt of Columbia University says that these chemicals are very widely used in very high volume and they are not generally listed on labels. However, there are some simple steps families can take.
"Avoid using plastic containers and as much as you can store your food in glass jars in the fridge. Never microwave in plastic. It is also worth considering cutting back on using any scented products – cosmetics, perfumes, air fresheners and detergents".