Safety is one of the things every parent considers when buying items for their child. Luckily, our government is proactive in testing baby products to ensure our children’s wellbeing, from baby food and medicine to toys and equipment (i.e. car seats, strollers). Recently, there has been a growing unease towards a popular component of baby bottles – BPA.

Bisphenol-A or BPA is a chemical compound used to make plastic products, most commonly the polycarbonate types. This type of plastic is in many of the things we use everyday such as eyeglass lenses and CDs. A good percentage of baby bottles are made of polycarbonate plastic. Those are the ones that are clear, lightweight, shatterproof, heat resistant and usually labeled with number ”7” for recycling.

According to studies, BPA from plastic bottles can leach into its fluid contents through heating or cleaning with strong detergents, among other things. This migration of the chemical has been the subject of concern among research groups. BPA is known to mimic the human hormone estrogen. Endocrine function may possibly be disrupted when exposed to this chemical in a hazardous level. BPA exposure is also linked with several cancers and other disorders. Furthermore, animal research reveals that BPA has negative developmental effects on fetuses, infants and young children.

The good news is, there is no evidence of BPA leaching in dangerous doses since recorded levels are always below the FDA limit. Research shows that BPA traces are found in the urines of more than 90% of adults. BPA is excreted quickly in human bodies through urine as opposed to animals like laboratory mice, which keep the chemical longer in their bloodstream.

BPA is still widely accepted as a safe ingredient in plastic production, specifically baby bottles. Government rulings on safety limits are still unchanged despite objections from some groups. Baby bottle manufacturers have taken the initiative to make non-BPA bottles as options for careful parents. Some even eliminated BPA from their products altogether. Glass bottles and BPA-free bottles are now available as alternatives.

Overall, more research needs to be done to fully consider Bisphenol-A safe or unsafe. Parents may opt to err on the side of caution to be at ease. Changing into safe non-BPA bottles is not too much expense. While this issue is still heated up, it’s good to have the peace of mind knowing that you are putting your child away from any potential danger.