What goes into our homes goes into our children! –
Children who live in homes with certain types of flooring and furniture may be exposed to higher concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals, known as semi-volatile organic compounds, or SVOCs, according to research.
SVOCs are ubiquitous in indoor environments and can be found in everything from electronics to furniture and building materials, according to a team of scientists at Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Boston University School of Public Health. They presented their latest findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., on February 17.
Not surprisingly, human exposure to these compounds is widespread, particularly among young children who spend much of their time indoors where they frequently come into contact with contaminated particles, such as dust. Yet relatively few studies on the links between specific materials and SVOC exposure in children have been conducted.