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Study: baby products, cosmetics could be linked to reproductive problems

According to a study baby shampoos, lotions and powders, as well as cosmetics and toys could expose infants to chemicals that have been linked to reproductive problems, the Toronto Star reports. According to a study baby shampoos, lotions and powders, as well as cosmetics and toys could expose infants to chemicals that have been linked to reproductive problems, the Toronto Star reports.
  • The chemicals, called phthalates, are found in many ordinary products, including cosmetics, toys, vinyl flooring and medical supplies. They are used to stabilize fragrances and make plastics flexible.
  • They were found in elevated levels in the urine of all the babies who'd been recently shampooed, powdered or lotioned with baby products.
  • Animal studies have suggested that phthalates can cause reproductive birth defects and some activists believe they may cause reproductive problems in boys and early puberty in girls.
Phthalates (pronounced "thowl-ates") usage is limited in California and some countries. Environmental activists have long criticized its use, although scientific study regarding its harmful effects is lacking. MSNBC organized a talk by expert pediatricians who shared their thoughts on the issue. The panel advised against cosmetics and baby products that come in plastic bottles and containers:
  • Seek out phthalate-free cosmetics products. Use glass, instead of plastic bottles and containers. Look for the recycling codes that are on plastic products — the number 3 on a plastic container or toy means it’s vinyl or PVC and likely contains phthalates. So that’s something to avoid.
  • Things with fragrances might be more likely to contain the phthalates. Less is more, sometimes. Stay away from the products that seem to have so many extra chemicals added to them.
Don't forget to check out the whole discussion here.

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