Pregnant women wishing to avoid future behavioral problems in their children should avoid a common chemical found in plastic water bottles and the lining of food cans, according to a new study.
According to the study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, children exposed to bisphenol-a, or BPA, were more likely to show signs of hyperactivity, anxiety, even depression.
BPA is a chemical used to make plastic, and is found in everything from baby and water bottles to dental fillings.
Researchers say that BPA interferes with how hormones work in the body, and girls exposed to it may develop behavioral problems by the time they turn three if their mothers ate food stored in those particular containers while they were pregnant.
Researcers did not explain why girls were affected and not boys.
The study authors say that the findings don’t necessarily prove that BPA exposure in the womb causes behavioral problems, but the safety of BPA has been in the news recently as many retailers have removed products containing the chemical from their shelves.