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Parenting comes with a lot of worries. One that’s not so often talked about is endocrine disruptors — chemicals that can interfere with the body’s hormones even at low levels and affect the neurodevelopment of a fetus during early childhood.
There are many common endocrine disruptors in the environment, including cosmetics, soaps, plastic, food, and water. This makes avoiding them particularly challenging, especially for expectant mothers.
To help you ensure safer choices, we at Hormone University have introduced the Seal of Approval, an independently verified certification given only to products proven free of endocrine disruptors.
In this article, we’ll discuss how ECDs affect children, the signs to identify symptoms, and how the Seal of Approval will transform how we shop for safer products.
How does endocrine development relate to children and pregnancy
The development of the endocrine system – the network of glands that produce hormones – begins early in a child’s life, even in the womb.
For the developing fetus, hormones produced by the mother’s endocrine system support its development in the womb, contributing to brain development and organ function. For example, thyroid hormones ensure proper bone growth and development of the brain and nervous system in children.
When a pregnant woman is exposed to endocrine disruptors, they can potentially disrupt the child’s endocrine system development, leading to health issues later in life.
How do children get affected by EDCs?
Children can be exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in several ways. Here are some common sources:
- Plastic packaging materials like water bottles, food containers, and even the lining of canned goods
- Personal care items like shampoos, soaps, and lotions
- Baby bottles, pacifiers, and teething rings
- Household dust from furniture, electronics, and carpeting
- Pesticides, industrial chemicals, and pollutants in the air or water
Did you know? You can easily reduce the presence of endocrine disruptors in your home – from glass bowls to filtering water and finding alternatives to plastic. Learn more.
What are the symptoms of endocrine disorders in a child?
Identifying endocrine disruption in children can be tricky as signs often vary. But here are some common endocrine disorders:
- Unusual growth patterns, such as delayed or early onset of puberty
- Sudden changes in behavior or mood, including difficulty with attention or learning
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Skin problems, such as rashes or unusually dry skin.
- Hair thinning or loss
- Unexpected allergic reactions
- Changes in sleep patterns, like insomnia or excessive sleepiness
Remember, these symptoms can have many causes and may not necessarily indicate an endocrine issue. But if you notice any of these changes, consult a healthcare provider.
One more step towards improvement: Hormone University’s Seal of Approval
In a world where endocrine-disrupting chemicals can lurk in everyday products, it’s more important than ever to make informed choices. That’s why Hormone University created the Seal of Approval.
The aim? To ensure that products meet rigorous safety and quality criteria, making the Seal of Approval a symbol of trust and commitment to hormonal health.
That’s why Begin Health, a leader in kids’ gut health supplements, has earned the prestigious Seal of Approval and empowers parents with scientifically-backed, effective, and safe products.
One standout offering is their Growing Up Prebiotics, a daily prebiotic for toddlers and kids that nourishes the developing gut microbiome1, softer stooling, and improved bacteria in the gut2 to help support regularity. Formulated with 3g of fiber per serving, this tasteless and textureless powder can easily be mixed into a picky eater’s food or beverage of choice.
At Hormone University, each product goes through rigorous evaluation by a panel of board-certified physicians, experts, and registered dietitians specializing in various fields, from toxicology and neuroscience to food science and cosmetic regulations.
1- Ricardo Closa-Monasterolo, Natalia Ferré, Gemma Castillejo-DeVillasante,Veronica Luque, Mariona Gispert-Llaurado, Marta Zaragoza-Jordana, Stephan Theis & Joaquin Escribano (2017) The use of inulin-type fructans improves stool consistency in constipated children. A randomised clinical trial: pilot study, International Journal of Food Sciences and rial: pilot study, International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 68:5, 587-594, DOI: 10.1080/09637486.2016.1263605
2- Szimonetta Lohner, Viktória Jakobik, Krisztina Mihályi, Sara Soldi, Sotirios Vasileiadis, Stephan Theis, Manuela Sailer, Carolin Sieland, Károly Berényi, Günther Boehm, Tamás Decsi, Inulin-Type Fructan Supplementation of 3- to 6-Year-Old Children Is Associated with Higher Fecal Bifidobacterium Concentrations and Fewer Febrile Episodes Requiring Medical Attention, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 148, Issue 8, 2018
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