Children are far more vulnerable than adults to the effects of toxic exposure. Their bodies are smaller, and, therefore, the same amount of chemicals equates to a higher percentage of body weight. Their protective systems are not fully developed and thus do not offer the same shielding and processing as an adult body. Also, due to rapid development and increased number of processes taking place, children’s bodies, systems and brains may be more severely impacted. This is especially true for development during pregnancy, younger children and kids going through hormonal changes.
The below WebMD article covers some common products that should be reconsidered during pregnancy. Food for thought.
“Any material placed on the skin has the potential to be absorbed into the bloodstream and may be able to cross the placenta, so some caution is warranted,” says Andrew Healy, MD, an obstetrician at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.”