Susan Schantz and her colleagues found a relationship between prenatal exposure to phthalates and slower processing speed in 7.5-month-old infants.
Now researchers have found evidence linking pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates to altered cognitive outcomes in their infants.
Most of the findings involved slower information processing among infants with higher phthalate exposure levels, with males more likely to be affected depending on the chemical involved and the order of information presented to the infants.
Now in its seventh year, IKIDS has enrolled hundreds of participants and is tracking chemical exposures in pregnant women and developmental outcomes in their children.
She is a faculty member in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, which houses the IKIDS program at Illinois.
“IKIDS is part of a larger initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program.
“Most previous studies of the relationship between prenatal exposure to phthalates and cognition have focused on early and middle childhood,” Schantz said. »