Household Pesticides Pose Biggest Exposure Risk to Children Under Five

Household Pesticides Pose Biggest Exposure Risk to Children Under Five

Cockroach and ant baits pose the biggest poison exposure risk to small children, a new study has found.

The University of Queensland made the discovery after analysing calls made to the Queensland Poisons Information Centre in 2014.

The research found cockroach and ant baits accounted for 39 per cent of the calls from parents with children under five.

Bug sprays, containing pyrethroids, pyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide – and the more harmful organophosphate diazinon – accounted for almost 26 per cent of calls.

The research, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health on Monday, showed exposure to bug sprays via direct application, typically by the child or an older sibling, peaked in children aged two.

It also found of the 743 insecticide-related calls received, 49 per cent were for children under five, with calls peaking for children aged one… Read More>>

Source: ABC News

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