Feb 5, 2008

Chemicals in Baby Cosmetics may be harmful

According to a new scientific study of babies born in Los Angeles and two other U.S. cities, many baby care products contain a variety of phthalates, a chemical used in fragrances. Phthalates may have hormone-altering properties. Infants and toddlers exposed to baby lotions, shampoos and powders etc. carry high concentrations of phthalates in their bodies. According to the study these chemicals might have reproductive effects.

The lead scientist in the study, Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana of the University of Washington's Department of Pediatrics, said the findings suggested that many baby care products contain a variety of phthalates that enter children's bodies through their skin. Manufacturers do not list phthalates as ingredients on labels, so it is unknown which products contain them.

In the study, doctors tested the urine of 163 children between the ages of 2 months and 28 months born in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Columbia, Mo., between 2000 and 2005. All had detectable amounts of at least one type of phthalate, and more than 80% had seven or more types. Link


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