Child Allergies and Antibacterial Agents

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Blogs | 0 comments

A new study is linking the use of antibacterial agents in things such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap to the development of allergies in children.

Data was used from a survey taken of 860 kids between the ages of 6 to 18. The relationship between levels of antibacterials and preservatives found in urine were that are found in many personal hygiene products and the presence of IgE antibodies in the children’s blood.

According to the study,

“Children with the highest levels of the antibacterial agent triclosan had more than twice the risk of food allergies and nearly twice the risk of environmental allergies as children with the lowest levels, the findings revealed.” You can read the article in full here.

Is our society too germ cautious, and as a result, future generations will feel the effects? Let us know in the comments!

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