Study: Infants exposed to cleaning supplies more likely to develop asthma

The research did not find a connection between cleaning supplies and allergies

A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found a link between infants exposed to cleaning supplies and a higher risk they will develop asthma and wheeze later in life.

The study involved over 2,000 Canadian babies in the first three months of their lives.

When the kids reached the age of three, researchers did an assessment to determine if they had developed asthma, wheeze or allergies. The study found a link between early exposure to cleaning products and a risk of asthma and wheeze, though there was no connection to allergies.

The researchers believe chemicals in these products can trigger the inflammatory pathways of the immune system and in turn damage the respiratory lining, which can lead to asthma and wheeze.

The advice for those who want a lemony fresh scent to their home is to choose cleaning products with fewer ingredients. The experts also suggest you avoid spray bottles, because they carry a higher risk.

Companies in Canada and the U.S. are not required to list all the ingredients in their products.

Banner image courtesy focuscleaning.ca

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