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Antibacterial products may pose danger

(CNN) -  New research shows chemicals in antibacterial soap and household cleaners may pose a danger to expectant moms and their unborn babies.

The Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial products containing the chemical Triclosan and Triclocarban.

"These chemicals have had adverse impacts on growth and development in animal studies and there is suggestion they may have similar impacts in humans," said Dr. Laura Geer, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. 

Researchers at SUNY Downstate detected the chemicals in expectant moms and in umbilical cord blood samples.

The research was presented at the American Chemical Society Meeting.

 "It indicates not only is the mother exposed to these chemicals during pregnancy, but they are getting absorbed and into the developing fetus," said Dr. Geer.

Researchers also believe these chemicals can lead to resistance to antibiotics.

Dr. Geer said pregnant women should try to avoid products with these chemicals.

"You don't need to use antibacterial soap. Just wash your hands with regular soap/it's the time that you wash your hands that is most important," said Dr. Geer.

The FDA is reviewing the use of chemical and some companies have announced they are taking them out of some products. 

 
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