There was a 20% increased risk of children catching the flu that lived in homes where bleach products were regularly used for cleaning, according to a new study published by ‘Occupational and Environmental Medicine’.
The research details that “passive exposure to cleaning bleach in the home may have adverse effects on school-age children’s health by increasing the risk of respiratory and other infections”.
And, experts have cited the findings as a “public health concern” as the exposure to these products was also linked to 35% increase in the risk of recurrent tonsillitis.
Parents who participated in the research were asked if they used bleach to clean in the home at least once a week, and they were also asked to provide details on the prevalence of infections over the previous 12 months such as flu, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia among their children.
The research team also took into account a number of other varying factors which may influence the frequency of illness, including passive smoking, parental education, the presence of household mould and the use of bleach to clean in schools.
The study, which was led by the University of Leuven in Belgium, took into account more than 9,000 families who had children aged between six and 12-years-old.
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