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Plastic concerns for kids


There are new concerns about the safety of the plastics your kids are using.
Sippy cups, bottles, tupperware, all marketed as BPA-free, may actually contain alternatives that are potentially dangerous to their health.

Julia Dunn breaks down the issue -- in a story every parent should see.

Shannon Bonesteel "I never in a million years thought I'd have to protect my kids from plastic."

Not too long ago, Shannon Bonesteel was careful to only buy BPA-free products for her two young boys.
The FDA, recently banning the chemical in baby bottles and children's drinking cups.

"We have so much to worry about as parents. This is just another thing."

Now, a new study has her questioning just how safe BPA-free really is.
So much she's rid her kitchen of plastics and switched over to glass.

"It actually really upsets me because at the time I thought I was doing the right thing and making good choices for my family. But to think that the choices I could be making could hurt my kids in the long run? It's really frustrating."

The new research, published in the journal 'Environmental Health Perspectives' says testing found 9 out of 35 sippy cups we tested were found with significant amounts of estrogenic activity, including seven cups found with more estrogenic activity than a cup made with BPA.

All 9 estrogenic cups were labeled BPA free.

What we don't know is what's happening with some of the other plastics. We know that there are some more dangerous than others. But new research is coming out all the time, so we're learning more and more.

Doctor Diane Tenenbaum, a pediatrician with St. Peter's Health Partners says these estrogen-like chemicals can disrupt a child's natural hormonal development.
"There's a lot of different theories about what this could be doing, from obesity issues to maybe having puberty come on a bit early. But the truth is, we really don't know.'

and that is something Bonesteel finds extremely frustrating.
"You don't know who to trust. You don't know what's safe, what's not safe. So you basically have to go out and do your own research and you can't even really trust the sources."

For drinks on-the-go, instead of a sippy cup her boys use these glass jars.
The only thing plastic is the lid.

They are free of BPA, BPS, and palates. And they fit right onto the top of a mason jar lid and just kind of screw on to the jar.
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An alternative to glass is stainless steel or aluminum.
But keep in mind, aluminum bottles often contains a BPA resin coating inside.

If you still have concerns about certain plastics your children are being exposed to, contact your pediatrician.