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Saturday, February 13, 2010


Nowadays, Chinese toys are very popular among children and parents, mainly due to excellent finishing, variety and comparatively less price. Unfortunately many of these toys causing high level health hazard for children of all ages. Here in this post we are trying to find major reasons why people  should worry about certain categories of toys and plastic materials.

flip-flop-rash2 In certain countries like China and India, there is no standardization of plastic materials used for making Toys. But in some developed countries like US, there is frequent analysis of toys and materials used to manufacture toys. Several times US authorities have found increased amount of Lead, Phthalate, and Cadmium in toys manufactured in China

Toys may contain phthalate can cause ADHD

Phthalates are used to soften plastic that used to manufacture toys, and personal care items. A recent study showed that phthalates may produce some hormone disruptions, brain defects, birth defects, asthma, and reproductive problems etc. Phthalate levels in urine are very high in children with ADHD symptoms.This pointed a doubt towards the Phthalate materials that it may be one of the cause of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in children.

Journal Reference:

Kim et al. Phthalates Exposure and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in School-Age Children.Biological Psychiatry, 2009; 66 (10): 958 DOI:

Toys may contain lead that can damage brain

Usually, toy manufacturers uses some paint that contain lead, to decorate toys. The quantity of lead is mostly high and it causes severe damage to the brain of children. While playing children keep toys in their mouth accidentally and lead will easily reach their stomach and brain.The law in US permits only the very smallest amount is permissible — no more than 0.03 percent of the total content.

Toxic Cadmium Found in Chinese Toys

Cadmium is known as carcinogen.It creates cancer especially to the skin when comes in contact for a long term. Like lead, it can hinder brain development in  very young children. All countries must take necessary steps to control the content of Cadmium in materials especially Toys. For further reading:

Whether the toy is manufactures in China or in US, but all countries must develop ways to analyze the content of these three chemicals, Lead, Cadmium and Phthalate in toys that are selling through supermarkets. Other than toys, some materials that are selling in low prices are also facing similar problems. Unknown ingredients in such low cost items, sometimes producing severe allergic reactions.

Here are some photographs that show a rubber sandal made up of cheap quality less chemicals, precipitated severe allergic reactions. So, if your child or any family member have such skin eruptions or skin abrasions, then immediately do an audit for similar items being used by the victim.



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