Friday, February 7, 2014

For Child Safety: Major Chemicals to Avoid

Babies and toddlers tend to put their toys in their mouths while playing and curiously discovering the world around them. Medical experts advise that you pay extra attention to these 3 unsafe substances that can be in your child's toys. Knowing what to keep your eye on can help you deal with the situation properly.


Nervous system damage and delayed development are some effects of lead poisoning. Lead used to be a chief component of paint before federal law banned its use in 1978. However, the substance can still be found in older houses and some imported “play jewelry” and toys. 

How to Avoid 

Frequently mop floors, wipe surfaces with a damp cloth, and ensure that paint on surfaces is in good condition. Steer clear of imported toys and children’s jewelry from places that haven't banned the use of lead in toys. 

Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates 

These two chemicals disturb the natural cycle of reproductive development: BPA influences early puberty in girls, and phthalates causes low testosterone in boys. Companies already stopped utilizing these substances to produce baby bottles and children’s sippy cups. However, some still use such substances to line food and beverage cans and bottled formula and to soften vinyl plastic, such as raincoats and backpacks. 

How to Avoid 

Refrain from microwaving food in plastic containers as this releases BPA and other harmful chemicals into the food. Avoid buying toys made from PVC plastic. Instead, purchase toxin-free toys and other items that are BPA-free and phthalate-free.

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