Friday, February 08, 2008

Baby bottle concerns- From ABC World News;
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Parents Concerned Over Potentially Toxic Baby BottlesReport Stokes Parents' Fears About Potentially Dangerous BottlesBy GIGI STONEFeb. 7, 2008—Over the summer, it was lead paint in toys that had parents on edge. Then, the recall of 1 million cribs raised further red flags. Today, baby bottles may stoke even more concern among stressed-out parents."It's just so heartbreaking for moms," says Mary Tyler Johnston, a new mother who lives in Manhattan, "to have to worry about these things, and to feel like you might be harming your child."Dozens of environmental health organizations in the United States and Canada are calling for an immediate moratorium on the use of a chemical, bisphenol A or BPA in food and beverage containers, including baby bottles. They say a new study found that, when exposed to heat, baby bottles release a chemical that, researchers say, has been linked to obesity, diabetes and developmental problems in lab animals."When bottles are used extensively over time, and when they're heated, higher levels of this chemical leach out, exposing young infants to elevated levels of this unnecessary toxic chemical," says Mike Shaade at the Center for Health Environment and Justice.BPA is used to make plastic in 95 percent of baby bottles now on the market. But it is up for debate whether it is harmful or not."Polycarbonate plastic baby bottles have been safely used for decades, says Steve Hentges of the American Chemical Council. "There's an extraordinary amount of science that supports the safety of those products."The Food and Drug Administration, which approved the bottles, agrees and says it is "reviewing BPA's safety," and maintains that its "adverse effects occur in animals only when they are exposed to far higher levels of the chemical than possible from a baby bottle."BPA is already in most of us: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found BPA in the urine of 95 percent of people it tested.Dr. Maida Galvez is a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, who studies whether traces of BPA found in children's urine is harmful to them."We know the animal studies raise concerns, but there aren't human studies showing effects yet ... so, when we don't have the evidence, what we recommend is that parents try to err on the side of caution," she says.Galvez recommends parents consider the use of glass bottles, or bottles that are advertised as BPA-free.Already this year, nine states have introduced laws to limit the use of BPA in containers. Suzanne Steward is a new mother who uses them."As adults, we can take a few licks, but a small body is something you want to be very careful with, and I just want to take every precaution I can within reason," says Steward.It's a struggle for so many parents who are trying to make the right choices to keep their children safe.Copyright © 2008 ABC News Internet Ventures

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