Preemies could be exposed to dangerous chemical in NICU

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BALTIMORE, Maryland - Premature babies are already at a critical stage in life and it's no doubt a tough time for mom and dad, too.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health now say the medical equipment used to treat the tiny beings could be dangerous.

Doctors who did the research say the babies may be exposed to high levels of a chemical known as DEHP  when they're in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Researchers estimate that preemies hooked up to ventilators could be exposed to about 16 milligrams per kilogram of body weight a day.

Even though in 2013, some hospitals stopped using equipment with DEHP, there are some that still do.

Let's hope docs can figure out a better way to keep these fragile lives healthy.