Study: Chemicals in antibacterial soap could harm unborn babies

Updated: 08/12/2014 12:29 PM
Created: 08/12/2014 11:58 AM WHEC.com

There’s a new health alert that women need to know about, especially if they are pregnant. A study says some chemicals found in antibacterial soaps could harm your unborn baby.

Researchers at Arizona State say the culprits are triclosan and triclocarban.

The study found they can be passed from the mother to baby through the umbilical cord. There's growing evidence the compounds can cause developmental and reproductive problems. The compounds are found in around 2000 everyday items.

Researcher Isaac Roll said, "There are toothpaste. There are cosmetics and all different kinds of products that have these."

Researchers recommend checking labels of anything listed as antibacterial. Also, many health experts say traditional soap and water are the best way to fight germs.

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