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17 September
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Cosmetics affect the health of the newborns

It increase the risks of allergic diseases

Photo: Evgeniy Koval

/NOVOSTIVL/ Pregnant women who use scented personal care products (PCPs) like lipsticks, skin toners and essential oils may increase the risks of allergic diseases for their newborn babies, Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) said in a study Monday. This article appeared in the CNA (China News Agency).

The study named "Personal care products use and phthalate exposure levels among pregnant women" stated that personal care products are usually scented, but even those which claim to be made from natural fragrance may actually contain di-ethyl phthalate (DEP), which is commonly used as a fixative, a chemical substance used to preserve or stabilize material.

Wang Shu-li, a research fellow at the NHRI's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), found that some newborn babies' umbilical cord blood had concentrations of phthalates, and the more phthalates found in the pregnant soon-to-be-mother's urine, the more of the chemicals were found in the newborn baby.

"This demonstrated that a pregnant mother's exposure to phthalates has potential effects on her infant's health", said Wang.

From 2012-2015, Wang's research team conducted a birth cohort study, which begins at or before the birth of the babies, of 1,676 pregnant women from 10 hospitals across Taiwan.

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