Harmful effects of Fluoride in your Babies Drinking Water
Baby drinking formula made with fluoridated water receives a very high dose of fluoride. This is because fluoridated water contains 200 to 250 times more fluoride than breast milk and, unlike other age groups, a newborn infant’s entire caloric intake comes from liquid.
The provision of fluoridated water to infants presents an historically unnatural situation for a baby. This is evident when considering that a breast-fed baby receives the lowest dose of fluoride, adjusted for bodyweight, among all groups in the population. By contrast, a baby consuming formula made with fluoridated water receives the highest dose in the population.
Due to this historically unnaturally dose, it is now known that children who received fluoridated formula as infants have significantly higher rates of dental fluorosis on their front teeth, a defect of the enamel that can lead to embarrassing white splotches and brown stains. Other emerging health concerns from infant fluoride exposure include reduced IQ and thyroid impairment.
Based on the clear fluorosis risk, and the lack of benefit from ingesting fluoride, a large number of dental researchers now recommend that parents use water that is low in fluoride when using formula to feed their baby. Now that this information has begun to make its way into the public discourse, a number of areas in the United States have issued public warnings. In June of 2012, the State of New Hampshire passed a bill requiring water companies to notify parents of the infant fluorosis warning. The City of Milwaukee and State Department of Health in Vermont have issued similar warnings.
The following are some of the warnings and recommendations made by
dental organizations and dental researchers:
The Warnings & recommendations:
“When formula concentrations need to be diluted, it is recommended parents use bottled water that is fluoride-free or low in fluoride or tap water from a reverse osmosis home water filtration system, which removes most of the fluoride.
SOURCE: Academy of General Dentistry. “Monitor Infant’s Fluoride Intake.”
“Infants less than one year old may be getting more than the optimal amount of fluoride (which may increase their risk of enamel fluorosis) if their primary source of nutrition is powdered or liquid concentrate infant formula mixed with water containing fluoride…
If using a product that needs to be reconstituted, parents and caregivers should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride.”
SOURCE: American Dental Association (2006). Interim Guidance on Reconstituted Infant Formula. November 9, 2006.
“A major effort should be made to avoid use of fluoridated water for dilution of formula powders. In addition, when economically feasible, young infants fed formulas prepared from concentrated liquids should have these formulas made up with non-fluoridated water.”
SOURCE: Ekstrand J. (1996). Fluoride Intake. In: Fejerskov O, Ekstrand J, Burt B, Eds. Fluoride in Dentistry, 2nd Edition. Munksgaard, Denmark. Pages 40-52
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