Parents of children with birth defects know the hardship it can cause them. Whether they’re burdened by expensive medical costs, or the fact that their child may never be able to have a healthy life due to their debilitating condition. In many cases, this can cause families to experience intense fear, anxiety and even depression as a result.
According to a recent study from the NCIB, nearly 1 in 33 babies suffer from congenital disabilities.
In some cases, some household items may put unborn children of obtaining congenital disabilities.
Chemicals that could cause congenital disabilities
Such toxins can be found in a variety of household items. These are some pregnant mothers may want to look out for:
- Disinfectants: Two chemicals, alkyldimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC) and didecyldimethyl ammonium chloride(DDAC), are typically found in cleaning and disinfectant products. According to researchers from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and Virginia Tech, they exposed both male and female mice to these chemicals. On their tenth day of pregnancy, researchers discovered the fetus had severe skeletal malformations.
- Certain medications: If the woman takes certain anti-seizure drugs like phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid, or antifolate, it could increase the risk of her child developing neural tube defects. These congenital disabilities often occur during a woman’s first month of pregnancy. Unfortunately, these defects can lead to significant problems after the child is born, including spina bifida.
- Tampons: If a particular brand contains odor neutralizers or artificial fragrances, they can often be filled with toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, significant exposure to these can cause both considerable harm to both the mother and the child. On top of birth defects, they can also lead to infertility and certain types of cancers.
Families impacted deserve compensation
The hardship imposed on families due to a child’s birth defects can create a sense of uncertainty and anxiety for those affected by it. Those who believe their child developed a congenital disability due to toxic chemicals may want to seek legal counsel. An experienced and diligent attorney can help examine their case.