What are bpa and phthalates?
BPA and phthalates
** Westchester County **
** BPA and phthalates **
* Bisphenol-A (BPA) *
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:57
Convenient plastic products can be harmful to your family's health.
If you are a parent of a young child or are expecting a baby, then you need
to know about the dangers of “everywhere chemicals.”
Bisphenol-A (commonly known as BPA) and phthalates, which are called
“everywhere chemicals” because they are so common, are used in making
countless plastic products that we see and use everyday. This includes
children’s items such as baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and
BPA is used in hard, clear plastic, like baby bottles. Phthalates help
make plastic, like pacifiers, flexible. It is believed that both BPA and
phthalates can leach from plastic into food, liquid, and directly into the
mouths of children while sucking on pacifiers or teethers.
Growing scientific evidence suggests BPA and phthalates may be associated
with a variety of health issues, including hormonal and developmental
problems. Infants and young children, who are vulnerable during early
developmental years, are likely to be at potentially most risk from
exposure to “everywhere chemicals” such as BPA and phthalates.
*What is Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
*BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastic, a shatter-resistant and clear
material used in products ranging from plastic bottles and eyeglasses to
sports safety equipment. BPA is also found in baby bottles, sippy cups,
teethers, water bottles, food storage containers, and the lining of many
food and beverage cans.
*What are Phthalates?
*Pronounced “THAL-ates,” phthalates make plastic soft and flexible, and
are often found in car interiors, shower curtains, deodorant, cosmetics,
and medical devices. Phthalates can also be found in children’s products
such as toys, rattles, teethers, rubber ducks, bath books
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