What is BPA & What You Must Know About it?

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BPA v/s Non-BPA – An Overview of BPA & Safety Tips For New Moms

Being a new mother, you may be unaware of the substances, used to manufacture the baby’s bottle. Have you noticed whether your child is using the teethers, sipping cups or bottles with a BPA-free tag or not? Not yet?
baby bottle in hands
Then after reading this article, you are surely going to check if it is manufactured by BPA? If it’s not, you are either a smart mamma or have good luck. But if it is, then stop using it (you will definitely do once you read out its possible consequences)

What is BPA?

BPA is a pharmaceutical chemical, aka BisPhenol-A (if you love chemistry), which was first recognized in 1960. Since then, it has been used for medical, pharmaceutical purposes like in certain plastics, epoxy resins, and others forms until it was banned by FDA for kids. BPA is often used as a container for storing food, baby’s milk container, beverages, etc. But later, it was found that BPA has adverse effects on human health.
plastic baby toys and stuffs

An overview of BPA – for Babies

For babies, fetuses and infants – BPA was declared as possibly hazardous but it’s still used unknowingly (or due to attractive appearance of products)
baby drinking from bottle
BPA is used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate plastics and resins. It’s considered as one of the high production volume substance due to high demands. BPA was taken into the limelight (for a bad cause) by FDA & CDC, due to its serious impacts on health.
The production is decreased by not stopped. Many researchers claimed it as one of the harmful carcinogenic substance. So better is – stay away because when it’s about the baby. Everything is serious!

How BPA Enters In Our Bodies?

BPA’s exposure to our body mainly depends on the temperature. The entering capacity of BPA is decided by the temperature of food or drinks. When you’re serving hot milk in a BPA bottle, it interacts & reacts – finally passed out to the stomach. It coagulates into the blood, causing possible Genotoxic changes.

Why Should You Use BPA-free Baby Bottles for Your Newborn?

• BPA is widespread in the markets to distract you but you should not use BPA containers for your baby. The recent evaluation suggests that it induces carcinogenic activity. It is found that food or beverages interact with BPA, causing the formation of carcinogenic components, which make-up genetic changes in baby’s genes and causes cancer.
• BPA is hazardous to human health. It can cause possible disruption of normal hormonal function. Using BPA bottles for your baby may cause abnormalities in hormones like abnormal mating behavior, enhancement of breast growth.
• It is suggested that BPA exposure may cause obesity or thyroid dysfunctioning. However, no such claims are justified yet now.
• According to national toxicological program NTP, they also have concerns about BPA effects on the brain of fetus and children, causing possible behavioral problems.

How to Know If a Bottle is BPA Free?

• To know if it is actually BPA or not, look for the code – if it is written no. 7 on the bottom with recycling symbol, it contains BPA.
• If you check your baby’s bottle and found that the plastic is hard with being clear, cloudy, tinted or frosted in color, it may contain BPA.
• Most of the plastic container, either contain BPA or may have a protective hard lining, it is hard to find whether it is made up of BPA or not so choose your bottle carefully.

Precautions to Take for Your Baby

Children and infants are more exposed to BPA due to cute utensils being prepared. Check out these possible precautions to keep away your baby from the harmful effects of BPA.
• There are probably more chances to pass BPA from mother to fetus through the placenta. So, if you are pregnant and using food cans and bottles without checking, it is going to pass to your baby. Avoid such practices.
• Breastfeeding mother should also check what they are consuming. As through milk, it may pass to your baby.
• Check out baby’s feeding bottle – discard using it if it has BPA.
• Infant’s milk formula also has some amount of BPA so avoid.
• Formula diet can contain it as well. So check before you buy.

The Safe Alternatives – Say Good Bye to BPA!

You can use the following products to ensure good health of your baby –
 Reusable Snack Containers
 Glass Baby Bottles
 Stainless Sippy Cups
 Safe toys, milk, and vessels

You should not use plastic containers in the microwave because heat and wear are the most common ways for BPA to enter the body. Use BPA-free baby bottles for your newborns. Using good alternatives (as discussed above) will help you keep the baby safe and healthy. So, what is BPA and how to tell if your baby’s bottle or other utensils are BPA free or not must be clear to you! Will you still you such things for your baby?
References:
MayoClinic
Medical News Today
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    • Sapana

      We have to be very careful about everything related to babies. Because you may not know what effects it may cause on babies health.

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