Studies on the flame retardant TDCPP (chlorinated Tris) began back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Those studies linked Tris to genetic mutations and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated that it “may pose a serious health risk to consumers.” By 1977, the chemical was banned from children’s pajamas. But even with that ban, the retardant is still used in furniture and products aimed at children and infants.
It has been 30 years since chemical flame retardants were removed from children’s pajamas after they were thought to be carcinogenic. But a new research shows that one of the chemicals is still used in baby products including nursing pillows, car seats and high chairs.
According to the President’s Cancer Panel, cancer causing chemicals in the environment are “grossly underestimated” in the US. Though health concerns such as tobacco smoke and obesity are known cancer links, these environmental chemicals have been harder to measure.
Researchers from the University of California in Berkeley have found that a common flame retardant chemical can cause altered thyroid hormone levels in pregnant women. High levels of this chemical were found in their blood, and may be the cause of difficulty becoming pregnant.
A new study has shocked many parents by linking the common pesticides used by commercial farmers with the increasing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Fresh and frozen berries were found to be one source of the dangerous chemicals.
A new study out of North Carolina has found that young mothers have the highest amounts of flame retardant chemicals in their breastmilk.
Parents of a toddler with skin disfigurement have filed a suit against Graco and Rubbermaid claiming chemicals from their infant carseat was the cause.