Is the chemical phthalate causing preemie problems? A study suggests that some intravenous feeding bags and tubing increases the chances of liver damage. Read more here.


A small study in a German hospital suggests that the chemical phthalate is causing preemie problems. The chemical is used in some intravenous feeding bags and tubing, and it is suggested that it may raise preemies’ chances for liver damage.

While this may sound alarming to parents of preemies, at least one expert found the German study unconvincing and says there is no solid proof connecting phthalate to liver damage.

The researchers said their results should encourage hospitals treating newborns or preemies to use IV feeding equipment that doesn’t contain DEHP instead. Many hospitals in the U.S. already have switched.

It is more of a risk for premature babies because their livers are immature so they are already at risk for liver complications. Feeding them intravenously is also known to increase liver problems.

This study was published Monday in the Pediatrics journal. the phthalate chemical has also been studied in animals, which suggest that it may cause various health risks including liver abnormalities and reproductive system damage.

Check out a video below.

Preemie Video