Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, also referred to as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), are chemicals widely present in variety of consumer products. Interestingly, these two chemicals have link to atypical childhood social behaviourism.
A study recently finds that children with higher foetal exposure to both phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) have impaired social functioning. The social behaviour, including difficult interpersonal and social awareness skills, reported by the mothers are similar to those associated with ADHD and autism.
The EDCs are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s hormones. These hormones are important to brain development and changes in their levels during pregnancy might result in brain changes that could lead to altered childhood behaviour. Some researchers believe that hormonal changes during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism or ADHD.
Of the two EDCs, BPA is used in polycarbonate plastics, thermal receipts and food can linings whereas Phthalates are found in food packaging, cosmetics, personal care products and vinyl plastics.
It has been shown that children with autism and ADHD often show impaired social cognition. Children with these disorders have atypical social communication, mannerisms and responsiveness; they often need special education and health services throughout their lives. Social responsiveness refers to a child’s ability to process and respond to interactions with other people.
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