STUDY: Pregnant women who use nasal sprays increase risk of birth defects

(WXYZ) - Women who use decongestants, like nasal sprays, during the first three months of pregnancy may raise their child's risk for certain birth defects.

Researchers at Boston University studied babies born over the course of 17 years and found some types of decongestants like phenylephrine and phenylpropanolamine, were linked to birth defects of the digestive tract, ear and heart.

These decongestants are most commonly used by hayfever sufferers.

Researchers also found a link between first trimester use of the psudeoephederine and limb defects.

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