Use of Toxic Household Chemicals Linked to Language Delays in Kids

A new study finds that children from homes with low-income whose mothers frequently use toxic chemicals such as household cleaners are at higher risk of delays in language development by age 2.Use of Toxic Household Chemicals Linked to Language Delays in Kids

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data taken from 190 families within the Kids in Columbus Study, a Crane Center research project that followed children from birth until they turned five. The kids were born in low-income families in Columbus.

Laura Justice, co-author of the study and executive director of The Crane Center comments: “When kids reach about 2 years old, that is a peak time for brain development. If the use of toxic chemicals is interfering with that development that could lead to problems with language and cognitive growth.”

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