BPA – Bisphenol A

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Baby’s and young children are especially vulnerable to harmful chemicals as their little organs aren’t mature enough to properly rid off toxins that we all come into contact with almost every day. That is why you must take extra care to reduce your little one’s exposure to harmful chemicals like BPA (Bisphenol A) and PVC.  Bisphenol A and PVC have been found in baby plastic bottles, toys, and plastic food storage containers.

BPA has been controversial for some time now, and some countries have even banned its use in food storage containers.

What Is Bisphenol A?

BPA stands merely for Bisphenol A, a chemical that has been used in hard plastic products for many years. Bisphenol A is potentially harmful, and you can still find it in some food storage containers.

Polycarbonate Plastics

BPA is used in a type of plastic called polycarbonate. Polycarbonate plastic is commonly used in the manufacturing of products such as plastic baby bottles, plates, toys and sippy cups. Based on FDA’s ongoing safety review of scientific evidence, their current position is that BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in foods. However, I think it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

How to Avoid/ Reduce Bisphenol A Exposure

Finding Bisphenol-A free products is becoming easier. Many baby product manufacturing companies proudly indicate that their products are Bisphenol-A free. It is important to remember that there are still many products out there that contain this harmful chemical but do not indicate it. So here are a few guidelines that I have put together to help you minimize your little one’s exposure.

  •  Aluminum cans may have lining material that contains BPA.
  • Avoid buying plastic containers that have the recycling symbol no 7 or ‘PC’ on the bottom. The recycling symbol no. 7 on the bottom often indicates the presence of Bisphenol A in Polycarbonate plastic. Look for No.1, 2 and 4; they do not contain the toxic chemical.
  • Buy BPA free baby bottles and feeding equipment.
  • Use good quality reusable stainless steel food containers for storing food. Not only are they safe, but they are also eco-friendly and last longer.
  • Avoid heating or microwaving food in plastic baby bottles or storage containers. If you are thawing food, place it on a ceramic plate before heating up in the microwave.
  • Choose powdered formula over liquid formula as it may not have toxins in its packaging. But remember that babies are sensitive, so do not switch to powdered formula without discussing things with your baby’s pediatrician.
  • If your baby is on liquid formula, you could choose a liquid formula that is sold in glass or plastic containers. The FDA has in the recent past done tests on liquid formulas from over 19 different brands. The tests showed that Bisphenol leached into all brands with the infant formula Enfamil topping the list with the highest concentrations of all the formulas tested.

Learning More and Resources

FDA

Mayo Clinic

What is bpa

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