Monday, February 4, 2008

In the news - Lotions, powders may pose risks to infants

The Globe and Mail reported on February 4 that new research funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, found phthalates, a hormone-disrupting chemical used in many plastics and personal care products, in every one of a group of 163 babies they tested.

This ingredient is used in fragrance compounds in everyday products like lotions, shampoos, powders. It is also a plastic softener and found in many toys.
One of the researchers who conducted the new study recommended that parents, as a precaution, try to reduce exposures by cutting down on the use of lotions and shampoos on babies.

Research results will be published today in the journal Pediatrics.

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