Why cleaning products could make kids overweight

Put down the bleach: Study finds link between gut health, disinfectant and toddler BMI

Keeping household surfaces clean is a daily chore for most families, but there may be unseen consequences for children’s health.

Overusing cleaning products can increase the risk of childhood obesity, according to new research, as exposure causes changes in a child's gut microbiome.

The research, published in the CMAJ, compared how much mothers reported using cleaning products with the rate of obesity in 757 children at the age of three.

Faecal samples were taken from the infants at three to four months old, and the researchers investigated associations between microbial changes and being overweight at age three.

The researchers found a link between heavy use of cleaning products, microbial changes and children with a higher body mass index (BMI).

However, higher disinfectant usage was also reported among households with