It seems like pregnant mothers must avoid half of the foods or beverages they normally enjoy. A new study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recommends adding another chemical to that list because it could make the difference in a healthy childhood.
BPA is a ubiquitous chemical, often present in plastic bottles and food packages, but recent data has called its safety into question. In the new study, researchers measured pregnant women’s bisphenol A (BPA) levels during their third trimester. The researchers then measured BPA levels in children at the ages of 3, 5, 7, and 11. The lengthy study revealed a connection between high BPA levels and asthma in children.
The research had a few quirky results, so more studies will be needed to confirm the impact of BPA on young children, but it’s clear that it’s something that pregnant women should aim to avoid. Also, please be aware that BPA exposure during childhood is problematic, too.
Study your child’s food packaging, water bottles and other plastic items to ensure that they are BPA-free. A popular solution is to purchase safe, reusable water bottles – they come in just about every size, shape and color so it’s something you can get your child excited about using. Stay safe!
If your child has suffered serious asthma or wheezing attributed to high BPA levels, you may have legal recourse. Contact an experienced injury attorney to explore your options.
Source: AboutLawsuits.com, “Bisphenol A (BPA) During Pregnancy Linked To Asthma In Children: Study,” Martha Garcia, March 5, 2013