Phthalate Exposure and the Health Risk it Brings to Children

Phthalate Exposure and the Health Risk it Brings to Children

Phthalate is a synthetic chemical that is human-made.  These types of chemical use different than nature uses and the chemical structure found in nature will or will not be found. The use of this synthetic chemical is damaging the development of the brain. Necessary action should be taken to ban it immediately from consumer products.

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Phthalate, the Everywhere Chemical

Chemical synthetics called phthalate are found in the hundreds of consumer products.  As you may not know, it is a group of the chemical. Commonly used to make plastic more flexible and make it harder to break or more often called plasticizers.

Thousands of products used phthalates for home products, auto, food packing, clothing, furniture, and as well as personal products.

  • Widely used in polyvinyl chloride plastics to make a product like plastic packaging film and sheets, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage containers, medical tubing, and some children toys
  • Personal care product like soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes that make long-lasting
  • Solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats).

Hundred of the products are produced using Phthalates and in the label, ingredients it must are found in hundreds of a product so they must be listed among the product label ingredients. As in the product, it added as a part of a fragrance and, even though it could be as 20% of the product.

 People exposed to Phthalates

In the past 50 years has resulted in widespread to general population exposure. People exposed to phthalates by eating and drinking food items in-stores with containers as well as products containing phthalates.  Other potential pathways of exposure are inhalation, skin absorption and intravenous injections, and so on.

A lesser extent of exposure can occur from breathing in air. As in the air, it contains phthalate vapors or dust contaminated with phthalate particles.

Greater health risk to phthalate exposure to Children:

Young children may have a great risk of exposure to phthalate than adults.  Because of hand-to-mouth behaviors, children have more risk. Children under the age of three are more at the risk because of their developing and smaller body sizes and baby products. There is a high level of exposure to higher levels by sucking the products.   The products made of phthalate-containing plastics.

The low level of human health effects is unknown. But some types of phthalates have affected by reproductive problems, childhood obesity, asthma, cancer cardiovascular issues. Exposure to the chemical for pregnant women increases the risk of miscarriage and gestational diabetes in the present women.


In 2019, Around the world 11 different countries with more than 30 women examined for prenatal exposure.  Different types of phthalates and long-term but not found the consistent result mainly in the cognitive development. it may be different due to the difference in the children’s age study design.

How to avoid exposure?

To avoid exposure avoid the product that contains phthalates. But it is not an easy task to find if a product has added it or not. Use the products that contain phthalate-free products. Three or four-letter of the chemical structure identified on the label of the products. You can identify the products containing the chemical on labels by a three or four-letter of chemical structure. Rarely some product labels “contains phthalates”.

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