Maternal exposure to cooking oil fumes during pregnancy and autistic?like behaviors in Chinese preschoolers

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Yang, Jian-Hui, Strodl, Esben, Wu, Chuan-An, Hou, Xiang-Yu, Yin, Xiao-Na, Wen, Guo-Min, Sun, Deng-Li, Xian, Dan-Xia, Chen, Jing-Yi, Chen, Ying-Jie Chen, Chen, Jing and Chen, Wei-Qing. 2022. "Maternal exposure to cooking oil fumes during pregnancy and autistic?like behaviors in Chinese preschoolers." Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 29 (49), pp. 74688-74698. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-022-21113-0
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Maternal exposure to cooking oil fumes during pregnancy and autistic?like behaviors in Chinese preschoolers

ERA Journal ID5827
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsYang, Jian-Hui, Strodl, Esben, Wu, Chuan-An, Hou, Xiang-Yu, Yin, Xiao-Na, Wen, Guo-Min, Sun, Deng-Li, Xian, Dan-Xia, Chen, Jing-Yi, Chen, Ying-Jie Chen, Chen, Jing and Chen, Wei-Qing
Journal TitleEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Journal Citation29 (49), pp. 74688-74698
Number of Pages11
Year2022
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN0944-1344
1614-7499
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-022-21113-0
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11356-022-21113-0
Abstract

There is growing evidence that cooking oil fumes (COFs) are harmful indoor air pollutants. However, there is a dearth of research investigating whether maternal COFs exposure during pregnancy may affect children’s autistic-like behaviors in China. This study aimed to explore this association, and examine the effects of different cooking fuels and ventilation methods used by mothers on the presence of autistic-like behaviors. This study analyzed the survey data of the Longhua Child Cohort Study in 2017 with a total of 62,372 mothers enrolled in this study. A self-administrative questionnaire was used to collect information on socio-demographic characteristics, cooking habits during pregnancy, and autistic-like behaviors (measured using the Autism Behavior Checklist). After adjusting for potential confounders, the results showed that compared with children whose mothers never cooked during pregnancy, children whose mothers cooked sometimes, often, always during pregnancy had the higher risk of autistic-like behaviors. As the amounts of COFs exposed to and the frequency of cooking during pregnancy increased, the risk of a child’s autistic-like behaviors also increased. Mothers using natural gas as cooking fuels had a lower risk of their child having autistic-like behaviors, compared with mothers using coal or other cooking fuels. Furthermore, pregnant women using ventilation measures during cooking significantly decreased likelihood of the presence of autistic-like behaviors in their children. These results suggest that maternal exposure to COFs during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of the presence of autistic-like behaviors in offspring. These findings support a recommendation that pregnant women should avoid exposure to COFs and use clean fuels and ventilation equipment in kitchens to reduce the risk of autistic-like behaviors in children.

KeywordsCooking oil fumes; Cooking habits; Preschooler ; Autistic-like behaviors; Pregnancy ; Neurodevelopment
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Byline AffiliationsSun Yat-sen University, China
Queensland University of Technology
Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Longhua New District of Shenzhen, China
University of Southern Queensland
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