If you like to keep abreast of parenting health concerns, you’ll probably have heard about the potential risks of BPA toxins from plastic.
Evidence suggests that the body can absorb the chemical BPA, widely added to food and drink packaging. In fact, it is thought that more than 80% of teenagers already have it in their bodies.
So how dangerous are they really?
What are BPA toxins?
Let’s go back to the start; BPA stands for bisphenol A.
BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.
The chemical is found in plastic containers and water bottles, on the inside of food cans and in till receipts, and the health concerns are that they can seep into our food consumed by the human body.
Once consumed, BPA mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen, and has been linked to low sperm counts and infertility in men, as well as breast and prostate cancer.
Therefore, parents are quite rightly seeking products that are BPA free for their babies and young children.
BPA free products
The recommended guidelines are to seek BPA-free products – especially for the very young.
This typically means in their toys, feeding bottles and food packaging.
The good news is that BPA is now banned in baby bottles in the US and UK, so that’s one thing taken care of.
For the rest of the items (that little ones often place in their mouths), check the marketing messages and packaging. Usually, the ones to look for are products that make claims of ‘BPA safe’, no PVC or ‘non-toxic’.
Non-toxic teething toys are particularly worth looking out for.
Nibbling baby accessories were born out of exactly that. Made from 100% food-grade non-toxic silicone and untreated birchwood, they are safe and soft enough to chew.