Since I have a grandchild with asthma, I am always on the lookout for articles dealing with this subject. Today an article just came out about the results of an ongoing 11 year study to find out why there has been such a notable increase in childhood asthma and allergies. It has been a rather dramatic jump.
As reported by the Environmental Health News site, "Children who sleep in bedrooms with fumes from water-based paints and solvents are two to four times more likely to suffer allergies or asthma, according to a new scientific study. Swedish and U.S. scientists measured the compounds – propylene glycol and glycol ethers – in the bedroom air of 400 toddlers and preschoolers, and discovered that the exposed children had substantially higher rates of asthma, stuffy noses and eczema. The irony is that these compounds are supposed to be healthier than the old, high-polluting, oil-based paints and solvents."
Also, according to the site, if a mother was pregnant or a child recently born into a home that had any room in the house painted during that time, the child was definitely more prone to asthma and allergies. The study said, "children living in a house where at least one room was painted right before or after their birth had 63 percent more PGEs in their room than those whose houses had not been repainted. “Thus, repainting might have provided a sustained exposure since the gestational period or shortly following the birth.”
To read the entire article http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/glycol-ethers-and-allergies