Baby Teethers, are they Really BPA-free?
A recent article discussed ongoing research that is being conducted regarding teethers and their potential byproducts of bisphenol-A (BPA) and hormone-disruptors. Great, what does that mean? It means that your children could be using a product that is falsely advertised and could lead to potential side effects to include obesity, diabetes, neurological and developmental disorders. Rapaport (2016) stated in her article “BPA-free doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is completely non-toxic.”
After studies had found the correlation between BPA and health issues, companies began advertising their products as BPA-free. However, recent evidence suggests that some companies have been dishonest and committed false advertising.
This research examined 59 different teethers and concluded that all contained the BPA chemical along with 26 different endocrine (hormonal) disrupting chemicals, even though some were advertised otherwise.
Don’t Panic Just Yet
One important note made by the author was that the researchers considered the amount of time the infant would be exposed to said chemicals. The results concluded that most children would not be exposed long enough to the chemicals to cause any long-lasting effects. However, the worry is still real.
BPA-free doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is completely nontoxic
Some practical alternatives to plastic teethers are:
- Frozen Carrots
- Frozen Wet Rag
- Additive Free Gum Massagers
Bottom line, the less plastic materials the child is introduced to the better.
I hope this update was useful, and please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.
Remember, you only have to brush and floss the teeth you want to keep!
Rapaport, L. (December 2016) “Even teethers labeled BPA-free may contain hormone disruptors” Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-infants-endocrine-teethers-idUSKBN1442LZ