Archive for the ‘Babies’ Category

In the News: Warning over dangerous ‘gender bending’ chemical in baby bottles

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

In May 2008 the National Childbirth Trust called on manufacturers to put warning labels on bottles made with a Bisphenol A because they believe that it may be putting young children and babies at risk.


Bisphenol A mimics the hormone oestrogen and can pass from clear plastic into milk, water and juice – especially when containers are heated in ovens or microwaves. In the US studies have linked exposure to low levels of Bisphenol A with fertility problems, breast cancer and early puberty. Canada is phasing out bottles made with Bisphenol A and in the US the world’s largest retailer – Walmart – has banned them from its shelves.


For over a decade there have been concerns about Bisphenol A but it is still used in nine out of ten bottles. Babies are thought to be particularly vulnerable to exposure because they are still growing.

In the News: Probiotics during pregnancy reduces risk of babies and children suffering allergies

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Research from the University of Helsinki has suggested that taking probiotic supplements during pregnancy may reduce the risk of babies suffering from childhood allergies. Probiotics which can be found in live, natural yogurts are living organisms designed to restore a healthy balance in the gut and prevent stomach upsets. Some experts believe they may also stimulate the growth of the immune system and play a part in preventing asthma, allergies and eczema.  (see BioKult on the Resources Page).

In the News: Cake eating mums can make their babies fat

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Mums who eat the kinds of foods that contain hydrogenated fats, such as takeaways, snacks, cakes and sweets when they are pregnant or breastfeeding could end up with heavier babies.


According to the latest research which is published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease a diet rich in hydrogenated fats and oils – which help extend the shelf life of many processed foods – can lead to the creation of trans fats which previous studies have shown can increase the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The study suggests that there is a direct link between the level of trans fat eaten by nursing mothers and the level of these fats in their breast milk. The researchers also point out that other studies have suggested that babies exposed to trans fatty acids in the womb and during lactation could be negatively affected into adulthood.