Baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals that have been linked with possible reproductive problems, a small study suggests.
The chemicals, called phthalates, are found in many ordinary products including cosmetics, toys, vinyl flooring and medical supplies. They are used to stabilize fragrances and make plastics flexible.
In the study, they were found in elevated levels in the urine of babies who''''d been recently shampooed, powdered or lotioned with baby products.
PHTHALATES (pronounced thowl-ates) are under attack by some environmental advocacy groups, but experts are uncertain what dangers, if any, they might pose. The federal government doesn''''t limit their use, although California and some countries have restricted their use.
Animal studies have suggested that Phthalates can cause reproductive birth defects and some activities they may cause reproductive problems in boys and early puberty in girls.
Rigorous scientific evidence in human studies is lacking. The current study offers no direct evidence that products the infants used contained phthalates, and no evidence that the chemicals in the babies'''' urine caused any harm. The results worried environmental groups that support restrictions on these chemicals