The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed concerns about BPA, a chemical used in plastics. BPA is used to make plastics clear, strong and hard to break. Some baby bottles, dishes and toys contain this chemical. BPA stands for bisphenol A.
Some studies have linked BPA to developmental problems in the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children.
The FDA and other organizations are conducting in-depth studies about BPA. Until we have more answers, the FDA has several recommendations for parents, including:
* If plastic baby bottles and infant cups contain BPA, discard them if they have scratches.
* Do not put boiling or very hot liquids, such as formula, into plastic bottles or containers that contain BPA.
* Read the label to see if a plastic container is dishwasher safe. Don’t put it in the dishwasher unless it is.
Plastic products for babies are now available that do not contain BPA.