Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Study Finds High Levels of Chemicals in Infants Using Baby Cosmetics

Ugh, you might be putting hormone-like substances on your babies. This info came from Miranda at the Green Goddess Gazette, thanks!

"Infants and toddlers exposed to baby lotions, shampoos and powders carry high concentrations of hormone-altering chemicals in their bodies that might have reproductive effects, according to a new scientific study of babies born in Los Angeles and two other U.S. cities. The research, to be published today in the medical journal Pediatrics, found that as the use of baby care products rose, so did the concentration of phthalates, which are used in many fragrances. 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. The researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Rochester stressed that the potential effects on babies were uncertain. But previous animal and human research suggests that early exposure to some phthalates could reduce testosterone and alter reproductive organs, particularly in males." Marla Cone reports for the Los Angeles Times Feb. 4, 2008.

This item courtesy of Society of Environmental Journalist’s “EJ Today” : www.sej.org

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We use Burt's Bees products, for us and our baby. Seems like a good brand, and I like that it can be purchased in CVS! One thing I hate about organics is having to always order things through mail order! I love it when it is convenient;)

Ali

Green Fertility Marie said...

Ali,

Did you know Burt's Bees is now owned by Clorox???? Just FYI. Burt himself got bought out and is back in Maine (?) with his bees...

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