Exposures to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Consumer Products-A Guide for Pediatricians

Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2017 May;47(5):107-118. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2017.04.002. Epub 2017 May 17.


Endocrine disrupting chemicals, a group of exogenous chemicals that can interfere with hormone action in the body, have been implicated in disrupting endocrine function, which negatively affects human health and development. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are ubiquitously detected in consumer products, foods, beverages, personal care products, and household cleaning products. Due to concerns about their negative effects on human health, several professional health provider societies have recommended the reduction of common endocrine disrupting chemical exposures. The purpose of this review is to provide a brief overview of common endocrine disrupting chemicals (bisphenol A, phthalates, triclosan, polybrominated ethers, and parabens) and potential effects on child development and health. In addition, we aim to provide guidance and resources for pediatricians and other health care providers with counseling strategies to help patients to minimize exposures to common endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Child
  • Child Development / drug effects*
  • Consumer Product Safety*
  • Cosmetics / adverse effects*
  • Endocrine Disruptors / adverse effects*
  • Environmental Exposure / analysis*
  • Environmental Exposure / prevention & control
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion*
  • Household Products / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Parabens
  • Pediatricians / education*
  • Phenols
  • Phthalic Acids
  • Product Labeling
  • United States


  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Cosmetics
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Parabens
  • Phenols
  • Phthalic Acids
  • phthalic acid
  • bisphenol A