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Kids Crafts With Water Bottles
Whats the deal with flouride? Why do water bottles made "safe" for young children now say "with natural flouride?" arent we supposed to keep them flouride "free?"
Safe? yes needed? no: Plastic bottles from deer park or aquafina are fine for single use. However, there is nothing inherently safer about bottled water that you can't get from your tap. Especially if you have a refrigerator filter or a faucet filter like brita. It's much more economical for you and the environment to have a special stainless steel thermos they can use, or bpa free plastic one. ...Read more
I have always given my 3 & 2 years old kids nestle bottled water . Do plastic chemicals get into such water? Is it safe?
Yes: It is safe to drink the water. Everything in life involves risks versus benefits. Even if they could measure femtogram amounts of plastic in the water then the question becomes how much of it would be absorbed by your children. I don't know about the water supply where you actually live but keep checking on it. ...Read more
No guidline on PH: According to the who, there is no health based guidline for ph in drinking water. The who measures the corrosivity of water by measuring its ph. The lower the ph, the more corrosive it is. The ph of pure water is 7. Although the who claims that ph usually has no impact on people who drink it, its important in determining the health of the distribution system. ...Read more
Depends: Most urban and suburban America has monitored high quality water supplies. They monitor for purity and add needed fluoride that may or may no be present in some bottles supplies. If you have any concerns about your own plumbing, bottled water may be a better choice.I would look into where it is sourced and what it contains .It may not be as well monitored as your city supply. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Disabled child: If the child is totally unable to eat, as an infant, then a feeding tube is usually placed, through the nose, into the stomach. If the problem turns out to be something that is not going to resolve quickly, then a feeding tube is placed, surgically, directly into the stomach. Occupational therapy should also be a part of care. They can help your child to learn to eat, if developmentally possible. ...Read more
Neither: Tap water in virtually all parts of the country is safe to drink. If you have a well or spring, and your water has not been tested, then you should submit a sample for testing, but all city water is tested to make sure it is safe to drink. ...Read more
Probably never: Water is water. There may be some theory that if in a plastic bottle and exposed to extreme heat then some leaching of chemicals from the plastic bottle could contaminate the water with harmful chemicals?? I invite opinions on this. ...Read more
No: If I understand correctly, u want to do a water fast in a 2 yr old and the answer is no. I would never advise doing a water fast in any child. ...Read more
Probably: If the rumors are to be believed, it is a common practice, particularly in third world countries, and in mexico. ...Read more
Use Nursery water: Nursery water is distilled water that is also fortified with a small amount of Fluoride (you can also get Fluoride free variety). This water is purified for drinking by babies and does not contain harmful bacteria, parasites, or heavy metals that can be found in city/tap or well water. Should be used until age 12 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My boy is almost 4 month, how long do I have to rinse his bottles with boiled hot water beforeuse?
Not specifically: Bottles should receive the same care you give your regular dishware and utensils. A good bottle brush to remove any particulate matter along with regular soap and warm water is adequate. ...Read more
I have been taking impure water. I observed today some small water borne insets in my bottle.What should I do ?
Water Diseases: I am always amazed by this type of question. Seven of the top ten reasons people in india die are due to impure water. Every indian i met in india knew this and acted appropriately. If you have no fever, nausea or other signs of illness you are most likely fine. But, this will be the last day you risk taking in impure water, right? ...Read more
What age can I start giving my bottle fed baby some water in a sippy cup in addition to his formula?
And how much can I give him?
Kid will decide: Kids don't need supplemental water but many seem overly focused on giving it. Breast milk or formula have the appropriate balance of liquid(water) to nutrients. Kids growing faster needmore/take more. Many kids will be ready to take slowly from a cup as early as 6-9 mo. A sippy cup with a hard snout is preferred.The ones with a soft snout are basically bottles that look different. ...Read more