Children exposed to insecticide chemicals called pyrethroids are at the increased risk of behavioral problems. The pyrethroids are commonly used as a mosquito repellent and in products that treat fleas and head lice.
– Pyrethroids work by damaging nerves and hence the great concern about children’s exposure.
– High levels of a pyrethroid-linked chemical in the urine of pregnant women are linked to an increased risk to their children.
– Presence of one such pyrethroid-linked chemical in children’s urine is also linked to increased risk of defiance and disruptive behaviors.
Pyrethroids may trigger behavioral problems by affecting neurochemical signaling in the brain, the study authors suggested.
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