I had read the article about Bisphenol A (BpA) in the baby product, which is baby bottle. It is really intrigue me, caused my baby always use that product when she drinking formula milk. So I decide to search another article which will provide the information about BpA in baby bottle. Is the chemical substance really dangerous for baby’s health? Is there any method to overcome the releasing of BpA to the beverages? Here’s the information that I had got on my searching.
Bisphenol A, first synthesized in 1895, was discovered in 1936 to be a synthetic estrogen. It is classed by The government of Canada as a hormone disruptor. The chemical is now utilized in hard, polycarbonate plastics, as well as the epoxy resins used in the linings of some food and beverage containers, dental sealants and numerous other consumer products. Polycarbonate plastics-the clear tinted, unbendable plastic used to make some of the most popular baby bottle brands. Polycarbonate plastic bottles often have the number 7 in the recycling triangle on the bottom of the bottle and/or the letters “PC” near the recycling triangle. Besides, BpA were also contained in other products such as CDs, DVDs, and eyeglasses. Currently, 95 percent of baby bottles in the market are made from BpA. Worldwide production of BpA exceeds six billion pounds per year and demand for the chemical has risen significantly in recent years.
The chemical bond between BpA molecules is unstable, and along with time and use, the chemical can leach from bottles into materials it comes into contact with (for example, milk). Heating bottles or pouring hot liquids into bottles, the presence of acidic or basic foods and beverages, and repeated washing have all been shown to increase the rate of BPA leaching from bottles. Exposure to BpA is widespread. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 95 percent of Americans tested have detectable levels of BpA in their bodies, and a 2008 study shows that BpA levels are lowest in adults, mild-range in adolescent and highest in children. The current acceptable level of BpA is set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 0.05 mg/kg/day.
Children are especially vulnerable to BpA because endocrine disruptors affect how their bodies grow and develop. Young children still have immature organ systems, high metabolic rates, relatively low body weight, and are going through rapid physical development; therefore, even low levels of repeated exposure may lead to adverse health effects. BpA exposure to fetuses and to children could impact their behavioral and neural systems. BpA is very much present in children’s lives. A recent investigation of BpA exposure in preschool children in North Carolina and Ohio (2000–2001) over a 48-hour period found that more than 68 percent of children’s liquid food and more than 83 percent of their solid food samples contained BpA.
Due to its disadvantages to human, especially to baby and children, there is still present the safe method to reduce the exposure of BpA to our beloved baby. I will write it on my next posting. Hopefully, this information will improve your knowledge to ensure the health and well-being of your baby.