Higher levels of the potentially harmful plastic chemicals known as phthalates have been detected in the bodies of children from homes with PVC flooring.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals widely used in the production of common consumer goods such as toys, cleaning solvents and packaging.
The substances are suspected to cause several chronic health conditions such as asthma and allergies especially in children.
Some phthalates are categorized among endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) which can cause significant harm to human and other species health by interfering with the body’s hormone systems.
Researchers from Karlstad University in Sweden have found that children can ingest these softening agents with food but also by breathing and through the skin.
They took urine samples from 83 randomly selected children between the ages of two and six months and measured the prevalence of four types of phthalates.
The results revealed that the levels of certain phthalates were higher in babies that had PVC flooring in their bedrooms.
“With this study as a basis, we can establish that there are other sources that should be taken into consideration in regard to the uptake of banned chemicals and that we do not only ingest them in our food,” said senior author Carl-Gustaf Bornehag.