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Thursday, March 11, 2010

European study shows high formaldehyde in babies' bedrooms

A new study in Europe has found that "Babies' bedrooms can be bad for their health" because of pollution from formaldehyde and VOCs causing increased risk of cancer, allergies, eczema, and even behavior problems. See link to WebMD article below under toxic trailer news on the lower right or copy this link: http://www.webmd.boots.com/children/news/20100310/babies-bedrooms-can-be-bad-for-their-health

It would be good to do a similar study in the U.S. as China and other Asian countries have been exporting low formaldehyde products to Europe—where there are standards for formaldehyde—and high formaldehyde products to the U.S.--where there have been no standards (California now has standards but not the rest of the U.S.) So likely levels in American bedrooms are higher than those found in Europe.

A European study on indoor air quality says newly decorated infants bedrooms can pose significant threats to health
By Nicky Broyd
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks
9th March 2010 – Babies and young children are being exposed to high doses of carcinogenic chemicals in their own bedrooms according to a Europe-wide study on the air quality inside our homes; and it seems newly decorated rooms may be the worst offenders.

The study was carried out by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and measured the levels of formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) and indoor pollutants known as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in children’s bedrooms which had been newly renovated.