Information for Child Care Providers
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, from the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
- Dr. Maida Galvez Speaking on Plastics and Childhood Exposure(9:50), video from the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center YouTube Channel
- Eco-Healthy Child Care: Plastics and Plastic Toys, from the Children's Environmental Health Network
- Reducing Your Exposure to Phthalates, from the Oregon Environmental Council
- Reducing Your Exposure to BPA, from the Oregon Environmental Council