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Study Links Early Puberty in Girls to Chemicals in Shampoo, Toothpaste and Soap – Even if Only Used by Mother in Pregnancy

  • Chemicals known as endocrine disrupters, commonly found in hygiene products, may mimic hormones and lead children to mature well before their natural time
  • Over the past 20 years, girls have been reaching puberty earlier, with high risks of some medical and behavioural problems

22 December 2018

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST — Many parents already worry about the chemicals in the personal care products that their kids use but now a new study takes that fear to the next level: the exposure starts even before a child is born.

Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in shampoo, toothpaste and soap may hit puberty earlier, even if their only exposure is through the products their mothers used while they were pregnant, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at UC Berkeley.

“We know that some of the things we put on our bodies are getting into our bodies, either because they pass through the skin or we breathe them in or we inadvertently ingest them,” said Kim Harley, lead author of the study and associate adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at Berkeley, in the UC newsletter. “We need to know how these chemicals are affecting our health.” […]

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