Study: Prenatal Exposure to BPA Causes Behavioral Problems in Kids


Dh-prenatal-lgLast 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. 

According to The Washington Post

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.

Photo: George Doyle/Thinkstock

Like this? Follow me on Twitter  and Facebook.

More on BPA
China and Malaysia to Ban BPA From Chidren's Products 
Senate Fails to Pass BPA Ban on Children's Products 
92 Percent of Canned Goods Contain Bisphenol-A

Sara Novak writes about health and wellness for Discovery Health. Her work is also regularly featured in Breathe Magazine and on She has written extensively on food policy, food politics, and food safety.









stay connected

our sites