Sunday, February 20, 2005
This article is for those of you who are expecting or who have young
children. Asthma is one of the leading reasons for Emergency Room
visits, not to mention the numbers of poisoned children from household
chemical products. There are safer more effective alternatives that I
hope you are using. If you have not converted your home to Melaleuca's
Ecosense products you may someday wish you would have.

Michael McCullough, DC


Cleaning products may affect babies' breathing

Last Updated: 2005-01-11 12:27:42 -0400 (Reuters Health)

SOURCE: Thorax, January 2005.

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who use a lot of household
chemical products are more likely to have babies with persistent
wheezing, new research reports.

The products included bleach, disinfectant, air fresheners, aerosols,
carpet cleaners and pesticides.

Children with wheezing are more at risk of eventually developing asthma,
explained study author Dr. Andrea Sherriff at the University of Bristol
in the UK.

Moreover, "persistent wheezing stops the child from living a normal life
-- exercising, going to school," she told Reuters Health. This "may make
them susceptible to other conditions, such as obesity."

Although the study did not measure how much exposure to household
chemicals is safe for pregnant women, Sherriff recommended that they
should "be sensible"
with chemicals, and follow the product's instructions, particularly with
regards to ventilation.

Previous research has found that people who are heavily exposed to
household products are more likely to develop symptoms of asthma. Of all
professions, cleaners have one of the highest risks of developing the

To see if prenatal exposure to these chemicals also increases the risk
of breathing problems, Sherriff and her team asked the mothers of 7019
children about the chemicals they were exposed to while pregnant, and
how often their children wheezed from birth to age 42 months. The women
completed surveys while pregnant, and periodically after the child was

Slightly more than 6 percent of the children showed signs of persistent

The children whose mothers used the most chemicals were more than twice
as likely to persistently wheeze than those whose mothers used the least
chemicals, the authors report in the journal Thorax.

Sherriff explained that experts suspect that chemicals may affect
infants' breathing by irritating their airways and lungs. She added that
mothers who use a lot of chemicals during pregnancy will likely do the
same thing once the babies are born, so it's difficult
to say whether a baby's wheezing comes from exposuresbefore or after

Alternatively, she suggested that infants who are in an overly clean
environment may not be exposed to thebacteria and germs that help us
build healthy immune

"If we have immune systems which don't work well, then we are more
likely to become allergic to things in our environment, and possibly
wheeze as a result,"
Sherriff said.

SOURCE: Thorax, January 2005.
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