A new study reveals pregnant women with high exposure to BPA are more likely to have infants that experience wheezing problems during the first three years of life. BPA is a chemical used in a variety of household items. Hard plastics and most canned goods contain the dangerous toxin.
The study led by Dr. Adam Spanier of Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center was presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting. Fetuses exposed to high levels of BPA at the 16-week gestation period were twice as likely to have a wheeze compared to babies who were not exposed to BPA. Researchers noted fetuses that were exposed after the 16-week period did not have the same results.
The study included testing the BPA levels in 367 pairs of mothers and their babies at 16 weeks, 26 weeks and again at birth. Eating canned vegetables, exposure to tobacco smoke and cashiering jobs appeared to be factors in the higher levels of BPA.
Larger studies are needed to confirm the link between the higher rate of wheezing babies and BPA exposure. Health officials have created lists of things a person can do to lower the risk of BPA exposure while scientists work to determine how dangerous BPA really is.