Are car seats toxic for your baby?
Tuesday 24 May 2011
A new study announced last week cites that 80 percent of cushions used in car seats, portable cribs, and other baby furniture contain chemical flame retardants that can accumulate in babies’ bodies.
The US researchers tested 101 baby products that contain polyurethane foam, including car seats, changing tables, nursing pillows, high chairs, and strollers, with many of them containing a fire retardant known as TDCPP that has been linked to cancer in animal studies. The study did not disclose product names but US-based CBS News cites a couple of products by manufacturers Evenflo and Snuggly as being among those containing toxic chemicals.
A small percentage of the products also contained an illegal class of fire retardants called penta brominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, which was phased out of use in most countries due to safety issues.
Another 2009 study found that TDCPP, banned from use in US children’s pajamas decades ago and no longer produced in Europe, is found in foam padding used in baby products and other household goods.
How can you protect your baby? Health and science website advises that parents avoid buying baby products that have polyurethane foam and a TB117 label. Or consider opting for safer fabrics and avoiding fire retardant products altogether. Opt instead for products made with down, wool, or cotton, which experts say are less likely to contain flame retardant chemicals.
Also the US-based green watchdog Green Science Policy Group advises to wash your hands frequently, since hand-to-mouth contact is a major path for exposure to flame retardants, lead, and pesticides, which are found in house dust as well. Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter and wet mop to control dust.
Access the study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es2007462
Read more tips on limiting exposure to chemicals in your household: http://greensciencepolicy.org/node/34
Watch a video on the topic: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/17/eveningnews/main20063756.shtml?tag=stack
Life & Style blogs
Google Maps Pacman: company offers chance to play arcade classic on streets around the world
Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
The Clove Club: The restaurant where you will pre-pay for your food
Facebook virtual reality optical illusion less impressive than originally thought
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 3 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...