Home inspectors are considering banning the styling housekeeping uniform, which is used by UK housekeepers, because it has been linked to a rise in the number of babies being born prematurely.
The government has said that the uniforms could cause a rise of premature births.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education and Skills said: “The styling housekeeper uniform is a style which may be seen by many people as the standard, but the evidence suggests that the style does not increase baby birth rates and is not as popular as it once was.”
The government said that it had “reviewed” the uniforms to “assess whether they might be harmful to babies and mothers”.
The styling housekeep uniform, with its wide sleeves and knee-length skirt, was first introduced by the Royal Household in 1882.
It is a classic design and is worn by British and Commonwealth maids for a number of reasons, including protecting baby bodies from the elements and to reduce the risk of contracting the potentially lethal respiratory infection Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
In recent years, the use of the styling and cleaning uniform has become more popular, especially in the north of England and Scotland.
In Scotland, where a government policy has banned wearing the uniform in the capital, the practice has seen a rise from less than 1 per cent of all UK housemaids to more than 30 per cent in recent years.
The practice was banned in the UK in 2012 after being linked to more deaths and hospitalisations.
The Home Office said it would review the guidelines in light of the research.
A spokesperson for the Office for National Statistics said: The UK is the only developed country in the world where housekeeping has not been included in the national curriculum for children.
This policy is in line with international best practice and is aimed at protecting the health and welfare of British children.
The guidelines also say that “any changes in the dress code should be agreed with local authorities”.”
In line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Paediatric Paediatrics and Child Health (2008) and the European Union’s Guidelines on the Management of Paedophilic Infections, the guidelines recommend the establishment of national and national-level health and wellbeing departments, health departments, social care departments, childcare agencies and health departments.”
The guidelines also say that “any changes in the dress code should be agreed with local authorities”.