If you’re the parent of a baby, then you are well aware that there’s no shortage of things about which to worry. Is the baby too hot in the crib? Will she choke when she takes a first bite of solid food? Is he strapped correctly into his car seat?
But those are the obvious, immediate concerns. There are plenty of other dangers that are just as real but not as well-known. Like whether your floor has hidden poison that can be ingested by your children.
A new study out of Sweden’s Karlstad University shows that phthalates from PVC flooring materials can be ingested by children with food, breathing, and through the skin, according to ScienceBlog.
Phthalates, a group of chemical compounds found in constructions materials as well as toys, packaging and cleaning solvents, are believed to cause asthma and allergies, as well as other chronic diseases specifically in children.
“Flooring materials using softened PVC contain phthalates and have previously been shown to be a significant source of phthalates in indoor dust. This new study was designed to investigate whether flooring materials using PVC and other housing-related factors, together with other individual factors, can be tied to the uptake of phthalates by infants,” reports ScienceBlog.
Certain phthalates are already banned for use in toys due to the health risks to small children.
“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,” says the leader of the study.
You take precautions to protect your baby, but does it ever occur to to check with what chemicals the floors in your house are treated?