Posts Tagged ‘DEHP’

New Phthalates Research Indicates Male Children Less Male in Play

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Thumbs up for no phthalates!

Thumbs up for no phthalates!

A new study shows that kids don’t have to sleep on crib mattress with phthalates in them or play with phthalates-laden toys to suffer the consequences of these dangerous chemicals. It’s getting into their bodies while they’re still in the womb.

Phthalates are in a long list of products: perfumes, fragrances, cosmetics, scented lotions, shampoos, aftershaves, nail polish, hair spray, food packaging, adhesives, car interiors, medical devices like blood IV bags and tubing, vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper, vinyl shower curtains – the list is very long.

So long, in fact, that it would be hard to find a mom who wasn’t exposed to phthalates during or before her pregnancy.

The new study, published in the International Journal of Andrology, tested the urine of women during the 28th week of pregnancy and divided them into four groups based on the concentration of phthalate metabolites or breakdown products. Then they assessed the play behavior of their 145 children when they reached age 3 to 6.

If mothers were in the highest concentration group, the chance that their boys had a less masculine score was five times greater than mothers in the lowest concentration group. They just didn’t do the things that are considered typical for little boys.

One of the researchers, Dr. Shanna Swan, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Reproductive Epidemiology, and an expert on phthalates, said she and other experts suspect that exposure to phthalates affects the level of testosterone crucial for the development not only of male reproductive organs, but also the masculine brain. ”We now suspect that the phthalate [exposure] affects the entire body, not just the reproductive tract,” she told Web MD.

The researchers studied only two types of phthalates, DEHP and DBP, both of which have been permanently banned in certain children’s products – including crib mattresses – as of February 2009. Which doesn’t mean those products aren’t still on the shelves, they just can’t be in products manufactured after that date.

Any woman who is pregnant or considering become pregnant would be wise to look into this. It’s crucial to her health – read Is Your Crib Mattress Phthalates Free? Why You Need to Find Out for more info on the potential health hazards to adults and children – and her baby’s.

We don’t use phthalates in Naturepedic crib mattresses – never have, never will.

Phthalates Already Banned in Crib Mattresses – Will Feeding Tubes Be Next?

Monday, July 27th, 2009


For the last couple of days the news has been flooded with the results of a German study regarding the use of the phthalate known as DEHP in IV feeding tubes for preemies. The study showed that 50% of the infants fed with these tubes develop liver problems, compared to 13% for those fed with DEHP-free tubes.


DEHP is one of the three phthalates the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently banned in crib mattresses, bedding, toys and other children’s items. Research showed that phthalates can leach out of these products over time and possibly cause various types of cancers, liver problems and so on.


When you consider that babies spend 12 to 14 hours a day sleeping right next to these chemicals, it’s no surprise they were banned from crib mattresses. What is surprising is that it took this long to get substantial research done on the possible effects DEHP would have when it’s being leeched out of a feeding tube directly into the veins.


It’s also surprising that many preemies survive this onslaught. A testament to the human spirit, with perhaps a little help from above.


There are hospitals all over the U.S. that don’t use IV feeding tubes with phthalates. If you have a preemie, or know you’re going to deliver early, it would be a good idea to do a little research on these hospitals to see if there is one in your area so you can get it lined up in advance. If that can’t be done, you might request that the hospital you are going to use find a solution other than IV feeding tubes with phthalates so your baby has as healthy a start as possible.


And when you get your little miracle home, continue to be diligent. Get an organic crib mattress, and make sure toys, other items, and the general environment are safe and healthy.