Research: Plastics start to harm babies ‘in the womb’

According to a study conducted in Europe, it was noted that babies are introduced to the negative effects of plastic and similar substances before they are born, and that plastic pieces measuring 10 micrometers (1 in 100 millimeters) can enter the womb.

Recently, scientists from the New York University School of Medicine, USA, published a study showing that the amount of microparticle plastic in the stools of babies is 10 times higher than that of adults.

Just a few days after this development, scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands published a new study on the impact of plastics on infant and child health.

Hanna Dusza, a scientist who shared the results of the research with the public at the Plastic Health Summit held in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, said that micro-sized plastics affect babies in the womb, and that even polystyrene in the size of a fog droplet (plastic foam) is a part of the placenta (temporary food exchange between mother and baby. He said he was able to enter the body.

Dusca also noted that even in toothpaste, shampoo and tablet medicines, plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters were found, and these negatively affect fetal health.

One of the most striking aspects of the research is the fact that plastic parts can carry other chemicals that may be harmful to the baby to the mother’s womb.

According to the research, it is stated that babies in the womb are also affected by PCB-based (a kind of soft plastic) chemicals that pollute the environment dangerously. It is known that PCB-based plastic products, which have been used in many areas for many years, cause gene changes and poisoning in living things.

The use of PCB-based plastics, which cause cancer in animals and humans, was banned in Europe in the 1980s.

“Microplastics can enter placental cells”

The placenta can be defined as the temporary organ that is formed so that the fetus in the mother’s womb can receive the oxygen and nutrients necessary for its growth. Babies in the womb are indirectly affected by the air that the mother breathes in the outside world, and the foodstuffs she eats and drinks, through the umbilical cord.

Scientist Hanna Dusza said that in their recent research, microplastics enter the placental cells, and this situation affects the mother’s hormones negatively and harms the baby as well. Dusza also stated that his research on how chemicals affect the endocrine (hormone) balance in the amnion, the fluid in which the baby is in the mother’s womb, continues.

At the Plastic Health Summit in the Netherlands organized by the Plastic Soup Foundation, Washington State University lecturer Prof. Dr. Patricia Hunt also gave a speech.

Dr. Hunt investigated the effects of BPA (hard plastic from which plastic bottles are made) in his experiments on mice in the 90s. Dr. In his speech, Hunt said that microplastics harm the hormone balance in living things and that such chemicals are passed to the fetus in experiments in pregnant mice.

Dr. “Plastic chemicals not only cause infertility, but also threaten future generations. These chemicals do not have lasting effects, but we do not have much time. We should believe the results of these studies and take precautions accordingly,” Hunt said. he said.

Although the health hazards of microplastics are known, many babies are exposed to products made with such chemicals during their growing up period.

It’s time to say goodbye to plastic kettles, disposables and polyester garments.

Plastic pollution in the world has reached such a risky level that it is possible to come across plastic residues in many places, from shellfish caught in the oceans, to the land falling in the poles, from the fruit juices we drink to the breads we eat.

For this reason, the first thing we need to do is to get rid of eating and drinking containers made of plastic and clothing items containing polyester material in our homes. Because when you check the filter of your washing machine, you are likely to come across plastic parts.

In addition, you need to get rid of disposable plastic cups, plates, bottles, tea bags made of plastic, and ready-to-eat foods covered with plastic as soon as possible. These products are also among the substances that cause the most damage to the environment and cause plastic pollution.

According to Trinity College Dublin, the first thing we should abandon in our lives are electric kettles made of plastic. Instead, water heaters made of metal and heat-resistant glass should be preferred, and the water heated in plastic kettles should never be used when cleaning baby food bowls.

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