As a parent of young children, it seems as though every time we turn on the news or pick up a paper, there is something new to worry about.
Now it seems researchers are linking bisphenol A (BPA) to everything from ADHD to cancer. Meanwhile, more than 95 percent of the bottles currently on the market contain the chemical, which can leech into the contents of the bottle and into our child’s digestive system.
Do we need to be concerned about BPA – and what can we do to protect our baby’s health?
Because baby bottles are often an important part of nourishing our children during their first year of life (and even breastfeeding moms may need to rely on bottles occasionally for expressed milk), the recent news about potential health effects of BPA is particularly alarming.
Do we need to be concerned about BPA?
BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical that is present in baby bottles and many other plastic items that we may be used to feed our family.
We should know that there is some debate surrounding BPA. Some say that this chemical poses a significant danger to humans, with potential health effects ranging from hyperactivity disorders to cancer. Others say the alarming claims against BPA are overstated.
Still, it did not take much research for this mom of three to decide it is worth it to spend a little more on alternative materials, which are becoming more and more readily available.
Those scientists who warn against BPA say that this estrogen-like compound has been linked in recent studies to a whole host of rather serious health effects. They say that studies have linked an elevated exposure to BPA to abnormal developments in male organs as well as to an earlier onset of sexual development in girls. In addition, BPA has been linked to ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism. Some researchers say it can also put a child at risk for obesity and type II diabetes.
Many major manufacturers of plastic baby bottles use BPA in their construction. In fact, at the time of this writing, researchers estimate that more than 95 percent of the bottles currently on the market contain BPA, which can leach into the contents of the bottle and into a child’s digestive system. The risks are even greater if the contents of the bottle are heated, which is fairly common with baby bottles.
How can we reduce our baby’s exposure to BPA?
In general, it is best to avoid all number 7 plastics (though not all of them contain BPA). Opt for numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5 instead.
BPA-free baby bottles in Singapore are becoming easier to find, so it would not take a lot of hunting (or a lot of extra money) to make the switch to glass bottles (which do not contain BPA) or other BPA-free alternatives.
We make a classic nursery glass bottle that is available at a cheaper price than conventional plastic bottles and is entirely BPA free. If our local store does not carry glass bottles, we can find them cheaper online. To read more about bpa free water bottles in Singapore click here.