Cleaning products are affecting the gut microbiome of young children, a new study by researchers from Washington State University and Duke University has discovered.
They found that there was a link between the levels of bacteria in the gut and the number of common cleaning chemicals in the home.
The gut microbiome includes the microorganisms that live in the digestive tract, and they are thought to affect many things in the body, including the absorption of nutrients.
In the study, scientists measured the levels of compounds from cleaning products found in the blood and urine of 69 toddlers and preschool-aged children, and studied their gut microbiomes using faecal samples.
Particles from products such as detergents, soap, shampoo, polishes, paints and cleaning products were found in the samples.
The study's lead author Courtney Gardner, an assistant professor in the Washington State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said the link between chemicals and microbiome was particularly concerning and may lead to long-term health issues.
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