ADHD and phthalates: Link or No Link?
Importance of Natural Personal Care Products
Biological Psychiatry, a medical journal, came out with the latest news on phthalates: phthalates are now seen as the possible culprit behind attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Phthalates are substances that are used in manufacturing personal care products like lotions, soaps, shampoos and also in household items like air fresheners and children’s toys. While studies are inconclusive, the link between the use of phthalates and ADHD symptoms has surfaced a few times.
The latest study showed researchers monitoring and measuring the urine phthalate concentrations of Korean kids ranging in age from eight to 11 years old. The leading author of the study, Dr. Yun-Chul Hong, released a statement saying that he and his colleagues saw a relationship between phthalate metabolites in urine and the degree of ADHD symptoms in 261 Korean children who were measured. They concluded that the more phthalates showed up in their urine, the worse their ADHD symptoms were.
Research has established the link between phthalates and disorders like hormonal imbalance, respiratory diseases like asthma, and birth defects, although other research demonstrated no relationship between phthalates and health problems. Nevertheless, the US Congress introduced a law in July 2008 that would ban some phthalates in making children’s toys. The FDA, however, stated that there is not enough evidence to link phthalates in cosmetics and health risks.
Some companies have joined the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and are listing their product ingredients. Another organization – the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database – provides consumers with access to the ingredients list of numerous products. But at this time, the public has no way of identifying the presence of phthalates in products. Even the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act is limited in scope. It requires the listing of ingredients on cosmetics sold commercially, but the Act does not cover individual scents and other products used in spas, beauty salons and in similar places. Senator Al Franken has proposed the Household Product Labeling Act. If this bill becomes law, all manufacturers of cleaning supplies will be obliged to fully disclose all ingredients used in manufacturing and must appear on the product’s label.
What Natural Care Products to Use for Children?
Now that you understand how harmful chemicals in personal care products can be, there are things you can do to protect your child. Buy only American made natural personal care products that do not contain harmful ingredients.
Here is a list of some natural personal care products that your child can use.
- Chemical Free Sunscreen
- Organic Lip Balm
- Chemical Free Shampoo
- Chemical Free Face Wash
- Organic Foaming Hand Soap
The goal is to eliminate as many toxins as possible from your child’s environment. Doing this by using natural chemical free personal care products is a good way to ensure this. For natural supplements that help ADHD visit our page here.