BPA In Utero Could Lead to Behavioral Problems in Girls

A new government-funded studied published online last Monday in the journal Pediatrics, discusses the potential link between increased BPA consumption during pregnancy leading to behavioral problems in girls during toddlerhood.

The study followed 344 mothers from pregnancy to the time their children were three years old. The researches collected urine samples from the mothers during pregnancy, and then from the children at 1, 2, and 3 years old to detect their BPA levels.

The study found that, "With adjustment for confounders, each 10-fold increase in gestational BPA concentrations was associated with more anxious and depressed behavior on the BASC-2 [Behavior Assessment System for Children 2] and poorer emotional control and inhibition on the BRIEF-P[Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool ]."

Interestingly, however, the study also found that there was no similar correlation for boys, and that the BPA exposure levels during childhood had no statistically significant effect.

The researchers of the study cautioned that the correlation could possibly be due to a nutritionally poor diet, rather than the BPA itself, and that none of the children's behavioral scores fell outside of normal ranges.

BPA Not Banned From Children's Products

It is probably surprising to some parents to know that the FDA has not banned BPA from children's' products. In fact, there has been no ban at all, merely market pressure. In 2008, Canada became the first country in the world to ban BPA, labeling it as toxic. Thus, while U.S. manufacturers and consumers have realized that there is a risk, there has been no formal ban set in place.

If you feel that you or a loved one has been harmed because of BPA consumption, you should consult with an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your potential claim. Eventhough no formal ban has been in place, the potential side effects of the chemical are clear.