Chemicals common in different types of indoor paint and detergents could increase the risk for allergies in children, according to a new study by Karlstad University.
This is the first time scientists have found evidence that the concentration of propylene glycol and glycol ethers in the air increase the risk for asthma, hay-fever and eczema in small children.
The risk increases by up to 180 percent, according to Professor Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, who is one of the scientists behind the study. About 198 children with asthma and 202 healthy children were surveyed in the study.
"What is interesting here is that it mirrors our clueless way to handle chemicals. We haven't had a real discussion about this," Bornehag told Swedish Radio news.