By: Sheena P.
A new study conducted in Quebec suggests that household insecticides may be associated with behavior problems in children. This study investigates the health effects of pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are used in more than three thousand five hundred commercial products. Pyrethroids kill insects by messing with their nervous systems. In the study seven hundred and seventy nine Canadian children were tested and about ninety seven percent of the children had pyrethroid breakdown products in their urine and ninety one had traces of another class of pesticides, organophosphates. Ironically, organophosphate pesticides were taken out of the market due to concerns with children’s health, and replaced with pyrethroids. Due to the lack of knowledge, pyrethroid related insecticides continue to stay in the market. One study with three hundred mothers and children in New York City discovered that there was less development in toddlers who had been exposed to pyrethroids in the womb. The study doesn’t definitely prove that pyrethroids cause behavior problems, but scientists will conduct more research to find out if there is a link between pyrethroids and behavior problems in children. (Read more…)