Premature Newborns in NICU May Have Higher BPA Exposure

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical found in a variety of plastic products. Already banned in sippy cups and baby bottles, a new study published in Pediatrics found that newborns born prematurely and staying in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be exposed to BPAs through: 

  • Catheters;
  • IVs; and
  • ventilators. 

The study found that when four or more devices were used, babies had 1.6 times higher levels of BPA in their urine compared to those who needed three or fewer devices. The devices most likely to increase BPA levels were respiratory devices. 

Potential Harmful Effects of BPA 

Among the potential harmful effects that BPA may have are: 

  • developmental problems;
  • reproductive disorders;
  • cancer;
  • neurological disorders;
  • cardiovascular diseases; and
  • diabetes.

A link between BPA exposure and these effects is still being studied. Animal studies, and some human studies, have led some to worry over the potential effects that this chemical may have on human health. The study mentioned above did not examine potential health risks of the chemical, but instead examined levels of exposure to BPA in premature newborns in the NICU. 

Products That May Contain BPA 

Some of the products that may contain BPA include: 

  • medical equipment;
  • water bottles;
  • cans for food (including infant formula);
  • compact discs; and
  • tooth fillings/sealants.

There are other products that may also contain BPA. Those that have higher levels could potentially be more harmful. Determining if someone is liable for any resulting injuries can be challenging, as no link has been firmly established between the chemical and effects on human health. 

However, if a manufacturer were to use this chemical in a product in which its use has been banned (such as baby bottles or sippy cups), the manufacturer may face penalties and even lawsuits. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, we can provide consultation to individuals who suspect their health problems are linked to a toxic substance or a potentially toxic substance. 

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