We already know about a host of other side-effects caused by phthalates! Another reason why they shouldn’t be in your skincare… (hint: they’re often found in fragrance) –
Phthalates, chemicals commonly found in personal care products, food processing and packaging, and household items, could be linked to delayed language development in children, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.
The research, conducted in both the United States and Sweden, looked at the levels of phthalates in pregnant women in relation to language development in their children.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are present in hundreds of products including toys, vinyl flooring and wall covering, nail polish and perfumes according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Their uses include making plastics harder to break and more flexible and as solvents, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“When you compare the risk of language delay in mothers with high exposure versus low exposure, it was double the risk. They were twice as likely to have language delay,” said Shanna Swan, one of the authors of the new study. Swan is a professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine.