Study: Prenatal Exposure to BPA Causes Behavioral Problems in Kids
Last year much to the dismay of many child advocates, the Senate failed to pass a bill to limit the use of BPA in children's products. The amendment would have banned use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups as well as requiring the FDA to issue a revised safety assessment for the substance; and include a clause allowing states to enact their own legislation.
To date, more than 200 studies have outlined several health concerns linked to BPA including developmental issues and even cancer. But a more recent study has linked prenatal exposure to BPA with behavioral problems with kids later on.
After tracking 244 Cincinnati-area mothers and their 3-year-olds, the study concluded that mothers with high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine were more likely to report that their children were hyperactive, aggressive, anxious, depressed and less in control of their emotions than mothers with low levels of the chemical.
Critics contend that the study was too small but study researchers said that while it was a smaller study, the size was adequate and fitting for the nature of the study.
Again, The Washington Post:
None of the children exhibited behavior outside the normal range, said Braun, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. But they behaved worse than children whose mothers had relatively low traces of BPA in their urine, Joe M. Braun, the study’s lead author, said.
The FDA says that it has "some concern" with BPA but not enough to completely restrict it. And the National Institutes of Health are spending $30 million to study it further. Avoiding BPA in a prenatal diet means avoiding processed foods, especially canned foods, considering that 92 percent of canned foods have BPA.
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