Neonatal Exposure to DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) and Opportunities for Prevention

Human exposure to DEHP occurs throughout life. The exposure to this toxic chemical begins in the womb, rises dramatically for premature infants and newborns requiring intensive care in a neonatal unit, and declines with their removal from intravenous, enteral feeding and oxygen therapy systems and their arrival at home. The report reviews the various points of exposure to DEHP and ways to prevent such exposures.