Baby Care Products: Possible Sources of Infant Phthalate Exposure

@article{Sathyanarayana2008BabyCP,
  title={Baby Care Products: Possible Sources of Infant Phthalate Exposure},
  author={Sheela Sathyanarayana and Catherine J. Karr and Paula Lozano and Elizabeth Brown and Antonia M Calafat and Fan Guang Liu and Shanna Helen Swan},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2008},
  volume={121},
  pages={e260 - e268}
}
OBJECTIVES. Phthalates are man-made chemicals found in personal care and other products. Recent studies suggest that some phthalates can alter human male reproductive development, but sources of infant exposure have not been well characterized. We investigated the relationship between phthalate metabolite concentrations in infant urine and maternal reported use of dermally applied infant care products. METHODS. We measured 9 phthalate metabolites in 163 infants who were born in 2000–2005. An… 
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