Plastics and babies: Is there a risk?

We live in a plastic world: bottles, toys, jewelry, telephones, furniture, remote controls, and on and on.

Plastics are made from chemicals. One of those chemicals is bisphenol A (BPA), which makes plastics clear, strong and hard to break. BPA is used in many products, including baby bottles, food containers and water bottles.

Scientists are debating whether or not bisphenol A is safe for children’s health. Various scientfic groups have reviewed the research and come to different conclusions.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently released a report about bisphenol A. NTP expressed some concern about the possible effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will host an expert meeting on BPA in September.

Meanwhile, what’s a mommy to do? To learn how some parents are responding, read Plastics and Babies on the March of Dimes Web site.

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