The Dangers of Phthalates to Your Child's Health

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As a parent, nothing is more important than your child’s health. It can be overwhelming to keep on top of all the potential hazards that could affect their well-being, especially when it comes to substances like phthalates which are found everywhere from toys and other children’s products to food packaging. But knowledge is power, so let’s break down just what phthalates are and the dangers they can pose to your child’s health. 

What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in plastics and in coatings for food packaging, as well as in many children’s products such as toys, teethers and bibs. They give plastic its flexibility and make it harder for bacteria to grow on food packaging. However, they can also leach into food or be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Studies have linked early exposure to phthalates with respiratory issues, delayed development, obesity and lower IQ scores in children. Furthermore, phthalates have been associated with an increased risk of ADHD, asthma, behavioral problems and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies also suggest that these chemicals may interfere with hormones which can lead to reproductive issues and other health concerns such as cancer. 

How Can You Avoid These Chemicals?
The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your child’s exposure to phthalates. For example, look for toys made from natural materials like wood or cloth instead of plastic whenever possible. Make sure any plastic toys you do buy have labels like “phthalate-free” or “PVC-free." When it comes to food packaging avoid soft plastics like cling wrap or plastic containers labelled with #3, #6 or #7 recycling codes – opt instead for items with labels like “BPA-free" or "phthalate-free." And always wash your hands after handling plastic containers or packages before preparing meals for your family!

It's understandable that parents want only the best for their children but it can be difficult knowing how to protect them from all potential threats - especially those hidden away inside everyday products like plastic containers and toys. Educating yourself about the dangers of phthalates is a great first step towards reducing your family's exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals. By making simple changes such as opting for natural materials over plastic or avoiding certain types of packaging you can help ensure that your little one gets off on the right foot when it comes to their health!


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