How Plastic Can Be Harmful to Your Children

When plastic gets heated or scratched, particles of it may end up in our food. Or worse, it can come in direct contact with your child’s mouth, especially if he sucks vigorously on it. Kids also often play with toys made of plastic which they sometimes unknowingly put in their mouths. 

Certain plastics contain chemicals which have a negative impact on our health. Children are especially more vulnerable to these toxic chemicals because they are still developing their immune systems as well as their body parts and vital organs.

Plastic pollution also affects our food chain. Because of the tremendous amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans, fish, unavoidably ingest plastic particles which contain a lot of toxic chemicals.

These contaminated fish end up in our dinner table and we consume them, which leads to serious health problems. 

Toxic chemicals that leach out of plastic are found in the blood and tissue of nearly every one of us. 

Although information about plastic and the lack of clarity in product ingredients can be confusing and worrisome, here are two ingredients, commonly found in plastic that you should pay attention to.

 

Phthalates

Phthalates are a type of chemical that is typically used to soften plastics, like PVC (Polyvinyl chloride). These can be found in food, drink, dust particles and may even be absorbed through the skin. 

Bisphenol A (BPA)

BPA is commonly used in containers to store food and beverages. Common products like teething rings, baby bottles, toys, personal care products and even clear food packaging falls into this category. It can cause obesity and mess up the endocrine system in children as well as adults, resulting in hormone imbalance and damage to the body.

Remember these three numbers ‘’3, 7 and 7’’. These digits are the ones that you should ultimately avoid.

Admittedly, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate plastic from our lives. But we, as parents, should be well informed about the product’s ingredients. 

Make it a habit to peer at labels of plastics products to see which recycling category they fall into. 

While you may be concerned for your health, as long as you are mindful of plastic usage and are well informed then it’s possible to continue living with certain types of plastic.