Bisphenol A, the controversial chemical found in plastics of all kinds, has been banned in baby bottles and sippy cups. Most manufacturers of the bottles and cups have already stopped using the substance due to safety concerns, but now it’s official: it’s illegal to sell baby products containing the stuff.

BPA is also found in cans, plastic containers and other types of food packaging, as well as hundreds of other items, ranging from water bottles to CDs to dental sealants. Chemical makers maintain that the plastic-hardening substance is safe for all food and drink uses, but many health experts disagree.

The chemical structure of BPA mimics that of estrogenic hormones, and can interfere with the development of reproductive and nervous systems in young children. They point to dozens of studies showing such an effect in rats and other animals.

A study last October in Pediatrics found pregnant moms with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were more likely to have daughters with behavior and mood problems. No behavioral effects tied to BPA exposure were seen in boys.

A study published in yesterday’s issue of Pediatrics tied BPA found in tooth fillings to risk of behavioral problems in kids, such as depression and anxiety.

We say, “when in doubt, leave it out,” and applaud the action taken by the federal government.



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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

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