Adverse effects on normal growth
Ingredients causing developmental toxicity are substances that have a negative effect on the child’s normal growth and development. Developmental toxicants can be found in multiple beauty, personal care and household products. The toxic effect and alteration could be reversible or irreversible, and could be caused by a wide variety of environmental damage such as drugs, alcohol and toxic substances such as tobacco smoke, bisphenol (BPA), and mercury. Also radiation, infections, and diseases like diabetes are factors that could cause developmental toxicity.
- Organ damage
- Harmful effects on reproductive organ development
- Slow fetal growth
- Low birth weight
- Brain damage
- Behavioral and learning problems
- Development of cancer later in life
- Impaired physical development
- Abnormal pubertal development later in life
Toxicants from mother to child
The negative effects could occur in the developing child prenatal (before birth), perinatal (just before, during, and after birth), and postnatal (after birth) all until puberty. Curious Chloride’s scanner highlights all substances linked to developmental toxicity and is continuously updated to include new findings on the subject.
Prenatal developmental toxicants are the most common ones in this category. They are the results from toxicants experienced by the mother. This can start as soon as just after fertilization, and the toxicants can be passed through from the mother to the developing embryo or fetus. These developmental toxicants, occurring before birth, are caused by substances known as teratogens. During the development of the major organs in week 14-60, the fetus is at extra risk of exposure to teratogens. But contact with toxicants just after birth, early postnatal, could also affect normal development. The possible deficits caused by toxicants become apparent as the child grows.