Did you know that harmful chemicals are often found in products specifically intended for use by infants? Chemicals of concern like bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants, heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, per- and polyfluoroalkyls (PFASs), phthalates, triclosan, and solvents lurk in completely legal products, and are linked to increased risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health conditions, as well as adverse effects on development, reproduction, learning and behavior.
Most people are aware that the hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) was used in plastic baby bottles and water bottles in the past. A new report reveals that two out of three food cans tested were lined with toxic BPA. The report also identified the alternatives used in the cans without BPA in the linings.
The Ecology Center and Healthy Stuff just released their latest research on toxic chemicals in children’s car seats. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of seats tested contained hazardous halogenated flame retardants (those with bromine or chlorine) and over half contained non-halogenated phosphate flame retardants, some of which may also be hazardous.
Every parent wants to protect their baby from harm. So parents and parents-to- be learn about safety gates, outlet protectors, choking hazards, car seat safety and safe sleep positions. But parents might not be as aware of potential risks from small amounts of chemicals in baby products they use everyday in their homes. Phthalates, flame retardants, bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals are routinely used in baby products.