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Safety of hair products during pregnancy: personal use and occupational exposure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18854462     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
QUESTION: Several of my pregnant patients who are hairdressers have asked me if exposure to products they use is harmful to their unborn babies. They also want to know if their pregnant clients' personal use of hair products should be of concern.
ANSWER: There is no evidence of teratogenic effects for pregnant women exposed to these products from occupational use (ie, hairdressing); however, it is recommended that pregnant hairdressers wear gloves to minimize exposure, work for no more than 35 hours per week, avoid standing for prolonged periods of time, and ensure that the salons where they work have adequate ventilation. Evidence suggests there is minimal systemic absorption of hair products, so personal use by pregnant women 3 to 4 times throughout pregnancy is not considered to be of concern.
Angela Chua-Gocheco; Pina Bozzo; Adrienne Einarson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1715-5258     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-15     Completed Date:  2009-02-02     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0120300     Medline TA:  Can Fam Physician     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1386-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Motherisk Team, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont.
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MeSH Terms
Beauty Culture
Environmental Monitoring
Evidence-Based Medicine
Hair Preparations / adverse effects*
Maternal Exposure / adverse effects*,  prevention & control
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*,  prevention & control
Pregnant Women
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hair Preparations

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