Exposure to Common Chemical Could Harm Your Unborn Baby

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By Molly Grady

Researchers have found prenatal exposure to a chemical found in vinyl flooring, artificial leather and other materials may increase the risk for childhood eczema.

The chemical, a type of phthalate, is slowly released into the air over time.

The study shows mothers who were exposed to higher concentrations of the chemical had children who were more than 50 percent more likely to develop eczema by age two.

Eczema can cause dry, itchy red skin on the face, scalp or extremities.

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