Many popular pacifiers, teethers, and nipples contain toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and chromium.
Scientists report that metals like lead, cadmium and chromium, consumed even in small traces, are hazardous to health, particularly for infants and babies. As the baby sucks the pacifier over a period of time, the toxic elements migrate out and are ingested into the baby’s body.
Previously, an organization called The Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) conducted tests on eight samples of pacifiers and teethers for migrated elemental lead, cadmium and chromium.
The shocking part is that all of the samples tested by CERC contained harmful metals – lead, cadmium and chromium. The samples were tested under the toy safety guidelines set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Even worse, their currently exists no standards for infant pacifiers and teethers.
More Chemicals than Just Lead in Children’s Toys
Examination of other children’s products and toys has revealed more than just lead. Other harmful chemicals, linked to problems of reproduction, learning disabilities, hormonal issues, and cancer, have also been found.
In one of the largest recalls of toys in 2007, Mattel recalled 967, 000 popular toys in the US because of dangerous lead paint.
Experts point out that there is no safe amount of lead in the bloodstream, and consuming small amounts of the metal over long periods of time can be more dangerous than a single ingestion of concentrated lead. With what we already know about the dangers of consuming toxic metals like lead, it’s astonishing these hazards have not been already banned from children’s toys and soothers.
Safe Pacifiers Do Exist
If we want our babies to grow up healthy and intelligent, then we need to find them pacifiers without poisons in them. Below, we’ve located for you a company that makes non-toxic pacifiers. Made from 100% natural tree rubber, these pacifiers will keep your baby occupied and entertained for hours without putting their health at risk. Imagine that?
- Pacifiers may poison your baby – Times of India