Low Birth Weight in Infants Linked to Toxic Chemical in Children's Toys

by Rajashri on  June 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM Child Health News
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 Low Birth  Weight in Infants Linked to Toxic Chemical in Children's Toys
Exposure to toxic chemical used as plasticizers in a wide variety of personal care product and children's toys might contribute to low birth weight in infants, researchers have revealed.

Phthalate exposure can begin in the womb and has been associated with negative changes in endocrine function.

Low birth weight is the leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age and increases the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease in adulthood.

During the study, Dr. Renshan Ge of the Population Council and colleagues from Fudan University and Second Military Medical University in Shanghai examined 201 pairs of newborns and their mothers between 2005 and 2006.

Of the 201 infants studied, 88 were born with low birth weight. The researchers analyzed samples of the infants' meconium, the first bowel movement that occurs after birth, and cord blood to determine phthalate levels.

They found that Infants with low birth weight had consistently higher levels of phthalates.

"The results showed that phthalate exposure was ubiquitous in these newborns, and that prenatal phthalate exposure might be an environmental risk factor for low birth weight in infants," said Dr. Ge.

The study appears in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Source: ANI
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This information is very much sought for nursing mothers to keep away from plastics during pregnancy. Low birth weight may case many other problems too.
My Grand daughter is low birth weight. she was kept in ICU for 10 days.
Now she is 11 months old. Since the age of 7th month she is not putting weight and is below below percentile average wight too. Doctor suspected TB at 9th month. then drugs were used. she is picking up weight now. What could be the cause of TB. No one in the vicinity had TB. But the baby is playing with plastic toys and woolen, fur toys. Is this could be the reason? you can analyze and notify me. whether I am correct or not.

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