Fire retardant chemicals in baby products may be toxic to infants

The Chemical & Engineering News just posted an investigation into the fire retardant chemicals used in baby products and found that they expose infants to higher levels or toxins than acceptable.

The study done by Heather Stapleton of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment tested baby products including car seats, changing table pads, mattresses, sleep positioners and nursing pillows and found that tris (1,3-dichloroisopropyl) phosphate (TDCPP)  was found in 36% of the products. The study found that babies risk more than the acceptable daily intake levels of TDCPP as recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

1 in 10 nursing pillows tested positive for , tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), which is a compound that may cause cancer.

Flame retardants are chemical compounds used to inhibit the spread of fire. Almost all Americans test positive for traces of flame retardants as they are in appliances, computers and microwaves. Babies, however, test positive at a higher rate than adults and may be more susceptible to the bad effects of flame retardants.

In the past few years, some products such as strollers and nursing pillows are exempt from fire safety standards and some manufacturers are making products without chemical flame retardants.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a Seattle product liability law firm and we represent people who have been seriously injured due to dangerous and defective products.

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