Crib mattresses release potentially harmful chemicals, study finds
A new study found that babies are exposed to high levels of chemicals released by the crib mattress while sleeping. In an analysis of 20 new and old crib mattresses containing polyurethane foam and polyester foam liners, a group of environmental engineers at the University of Texas at Austin found that the mattress released a large amount of volatile organic compounds Potentially harmful chemicals have also been found in household cleaning and consumer goods. Infants are considered very sensitive to the effects of these indoor air pollutants. \"I would like to know more about the chemicals they may breathe in when they sleep in the early stages of development,\" study author Brandon Bor, a graduate student at the school\'s Ministry of Civil Affairs, construction and Environmental Engineering said in a press release. \"This study also helps raise awareness of the various chemicals that may be present in the crib mattress, which are often not listed by the manufacturer. \"Researchers found more than 30 VOCs in the mattress and found that the VOCs released by the new crib mattress was four times that of the old mattress. According to US media reportsS. Environmental Protection Agency, there is little known about the health impact of VOCs found in families. In comparison with the air in the room, the VOC level in the sleeping baby breathing area is significantly higher than the air in the room-which means that the VOC level exposed by the baby in the cradle is the one standing in the same room. In addition, the air volume inhaled by each body weight of the baby is significantly higher than that of the adult, and the sleep time per day is about 50 to 60%, so, the VOC inhalation exposure they experienced was 10 times that of adults exposed to the same level. \"Our findings show Use an old crib or extend the drying time- \"Going out time may help reduce VOC exposure in infants,\" said Ying Xu, research director and assistant professor . \". However, the researchers noted that the old mattress may contain other harmful chemicals, such as flame retardant, that are currently prohibited from use in the mattress foam. Given their findings, the study authors believe that a better understanding of the individual\'s sleeping environment is good for the health of both infants and adults. \"We need to have a better understanding of the complex sleeping environment to improve it and reduce the harmful effects of related contaminants on infants,\" said Richard Corsey, chairman of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, building and environmental engineering The study was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology in February. Click to see more information about the University of Texas in Austin.