Information for Parents and Providers about Plastics in Child-Care Settings
Certain types of plastics contain chemicals such as phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polystyrene that may be toxic to children. These plastics can be found in baby bottles, sippy cups, teething rings, pacifiers, and toys.
When these items are in a child's mouth or when they are heated (such as in a microwave), children can be exposed to harmful chemicals that have the potential to mimic or suppress hormones and disrupt normal growth and development. The following links provide information about the dangers of these types of plastics and the steps that can be taken to prevent toxic contamination as a result of plastics in a childcare facility.
- Check the Kind of Plastics You Use (English Version)(2 pp, 98 KB, About PDF) , (Spanish Version)(3 pp, 334 KB, About PDF) Exit
- Watch A Video about Dr. Maida Galvez Speaking on Plastics and Childhood Exposure(9:50 Run Time) Exit
- Eco-Healthy Child Care: Plastics and Plastic Toys (PDF)(2 pp, 418 KB, About PDF) Exit
- Reducing Your Exposure to Phthalates Exit
- Reducing Your Exposure to BPA Exit