BPA - Bisphenol A

BPA

Baby's and young children are especially vulnerable to harmful chemicals as their little organs are not yet mature enough to proparly rid off toxins that we all come into contact with almost everyday. Extra care must be taken to reduce our children's exposure to harmful chemical like Bisphenol A and PVC both of which have been found in baby plastic bottles, toys and plastic food storage containers.

Bisphenol A

BPA simply stands for Bisphenol A, a toxic chemical that has been used in hard plastic products for many years. Bisphenol A is harmful to us and our children and should be avoided. It is found in Polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate and Epoxy resins have been used in making food storage containers such as baby feeding bottles, water bottles and cans.

Polycarbonate Plastics and Epoxy Resins

Polycarbonate plastics are commonly used in the manufacturing of products such as plastic baby bottles, plates, toys and sippy cups. The FDA has indicated that Bisphenol A can be potentially harmful to small children and encourage parents to reduce their children's exposure to it.

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. Having said that, 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 ones exposure.

  • Avoid foods contained in Aluminum cans as Aluminum cans are usually lined with that BPA containing material.
  • 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, 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 passed 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