Pregnant women who use hair care products and cosmetics which contain diethyl phthalate are more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These products include: shampoos, nail polish, perfume and make-up.
For the first time ever scientists have found the link between phthalates and neuropsychiatric damage to the fetus. Phthalate is a plasticizer used in everything from carpets and plastic toys, to shampoo, cosmetics and perfume. The so-called diethyl phthalate (DEP), a phthalate ester contained in all the enumerated products, can stand for the development of ADHD in children.
The study shows that pregnant women with high levels of diethyl phthalate in urine are more likely to have children who develop behavioral problems.
The study involved about 500 pregnant American women who provided their urine samples. On the second phase of the experiment their children participated (when they reached the age of four to nine years). They were interviewed, as well as they made certain behavioral tests. It turned out that children with cognitive disorders such as attention deficit, aggression, antisocial personality and depression, had mothers who had the highest levels of diethyl phthalate in their urine, caused by shampoo and other DEP containing products.
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