Personal Care Products Can Impact Unborn Babies Negatively
By Dolores M Bernal, NEWS JUNKIE POST
Careful what you put near or around your womb if you’re pregnant. Scientists in London have found that unborn babies can still suffer from exposure to chemical compounds, especially those from shampoo, soaps and other personal care products.
The Journal of Pediatrics will soon publish findings from a study where exposure to Phthalate — a common substances in household and personal products that is added to plastics to increase flexibility, transparency, and durability — can have a negative health effect on babies still in the womb by primarily causing low body weight rates when they’re born.
For years scientists have known that phthalates disrupt the endocrine system — organs such as stomach, intestines, thyroid, kidneys, and other glands in the brain. Other research has documented that adults are mainly affected. Several phthalate compounds have caused reduced sperm counts and studies also link phthalates to liver cancer, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s 2005 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. The study in the Journal of Pediatrics is the first study that shows that the substance can also affect unborn babies.
Products containing phthalate include, food packaging, soaps, paint, nail polisher, detergents, perfume, eye shadow, skin lotion, shampoo, toys, molding clay, glues, hair products and more.
Some 201 pairs on newborns and their mothers were studied between 2005 and 2006. About 88 babies were born with low body weight. Scientists studied the compounds in the babies’ first bowel movement.
They found quantifiable levels of phthalate and phthalate metabolites in more than 70% of the samples. Infants with low birth weight had consistently higher levels of phthalates. According to Dr. Ge, “The results showed that phthalate exposure was ubiquitous in these newborns, and that prenatal phthalate exposure might be an environmental risk factor for low birth weight in infants.” Although these associations are not conclusive, this study supports the accelerating efforts to minimize phthalate exposure. (Science Daily)
How to buy phthalate-free products.