How common household cleaners could make kids overweight

How common household cleaners could make kids overweight

How common household cleaners could make kids overweight

Could household disinfectants be contributing to the growing number of children who are overweight or obese?

The new report uses data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development study, which began in 2009 with researchers actively following participants as they grow and develop, from mid-pregnancy into childhood and adolescence.

"We found that infants living in households with disinfectants being used at least weekly were twice as likely to have higher levels of the gut microbes Lachnospiraceae at age three to four months", said principal investigator Anita Kozyrskyj, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta. One of their seven recommendations was to reduce the use of obesogen-containing cleaning products or opt for the eco-friendly ones.

The study also found that babies in households using eco-friendly cleaners had lower levels of that bacteria, and weren't as likely to become overweight as toddlers. They used World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts for body mass index (BMI) scores. They did not find the same association with detergents or eco-friendly cleaners.

The authors noted greater emphasis on cleanliness has led to widening use of disinfectants and other cleaning agents in the home.

"We each possess a unique gut microbiota but there are common patterns, there are common microbes that are expected to be found in childhood and in adulthood", she said.

Because the results have yet to be confirmed, Kozyrskyj is not yet ready to recommend consumers buy eco-friendly products.

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The team analyzed the gut microbiota of 757 infants ages 3 to 4 months and then their weight at ages 1 and 3 years, according to Medical Xpress.

"When infants are implicated, changing the composition of microbiota at a critical time of development may affect the immune system", Kozyrskyj told the news outlet. "I would say around 3 years of age we have a bacterial composition that we can call our own".

The findings also held true even after the researchers took into account other factors that can influence the microbiome, including breastfeeding and antibiotic use. Those infants had decreased levels of the Clostridium and Hemophilus and increased levels of Lachnospiraceae. Extra analyses indicated that this hyperlink change into once causal. However, it was not understood if these gut microbiome changes directly reduced their obesity risk. Researchers note that could be due to other factors related to a healthier lifestyle. Infants from these homes have lower levels of the gut microbe Enterobacteriaceae. The researchers compared infants three to four months of age who lived in households where consumer disinfectants were used once a week to infants who lived in houses where disinfectants were used far less often.

The CHILD Study is collecting a range of health, lifestyle and environmental exposure information from almost 3,500 mothers and children from pregnancy to age five; it spans four provinces (BC, AB, MB and ON). "Animal model research is also required".

The commercials say over and over, protect your family from bacteria and use our disinfectants and eliminate all those nasty bacteria.

Commonly used household disinfectants could increase the risk of young children becoming overweight by altering the makeup of their gut bacteria during the first few months of life, a study suggests. "My advice would be to not overuse them", she said.

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