Ways to poison your kids: It’s not just bottles, car seats, and toys anymore! Tots exposed to baby cosmetics — lotions, shampoos, powders, and the like — have high levels of toxic phthalates in their wee bodies, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Lotion exposure led to the highest phthalate concentrations in infant urine; use of baby wipes and diaper creams was not found to affect kids’ inner phthalate levels. Manufacturers are not required to list phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive disorders and fertility problems, as ingredients on cosmetics labels. The infant personal care industry, unsurprisingly, disputed the study’s conclusions.
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