NIH reports bisphenol A in plastics causes some concern for children

Bisphenol A is a chemical found in plastics, toys, bottles, etc.  The NIH has accumulated all it knows about bisphenol A into a report. The conclusion?  There is “some concern” that it could cause developmental toxicity for fetuses, infants and children (effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland).   That is code for they really don’t know, but better safe than sorry.  On a scale of 1 to 5, it’s a 3.   They say more studies are needed for better conclusions.

So what is a person to do?

A while back we asked our editorial board member, Dr. Kari Kassir, this question.  You can find her answer in our children’s section of our medical index I don’t think the current NIH report would change her thoughts much.  Bottom line?  Don’t let your child chew on PVC toys, or plastic that contains bisphenol A.  Better safe than sorry.

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4 Responses to “NIH reports bisphenol A in plastics causes some concern for children”

  1. cathy Says:

    I like this statement, “That is code for they really don’t know, but better safe than sorry.” We’ve thrown out all bpa plastics in our house but are otherwise not stressing about it. Interesting article – thanks!

    cathys last blog post..Oh, for an HFCS-free cracker…

  2. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Thanks Cathy,

    Sounds like you have it under control.

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