You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect parent!

BPA now possibly linked to asthma in children


Bisphenol A or BPA is a very common material that is found in the linings in many canned goods and is put in plastics to keep them flexible.  It has been potentially connected to many health issues in children such as behavior problems, obesity, hormone abnormalities, and not a new study published Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in March show that BPA may be connected to an increase risk of asthma in children.  BPA has been removed from all baby bottles, sippy cups and most plastic toys, but it is difficult to avoid!  A few simple steps to decrease your child’s exposure to BPA include:

  • Avoid plastic containers with a recycle code of 3 and 7.  These are more likely to contain BPA.  Other plastics have questionable safety too.  Check out this link to learn your plastics.  http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/know-your-plastics/
  • If formula feeding, use powdered formula rather than concentrate or ready to use, there is no BPA in the lining of powdered formula cans.
  • Decrease the consumption of canned foods. (Remember fresh is best, frozen is next and least healthy is canned)
  • Don’t microwave containers made of plastic.  Heating plastic can cause BPA to leach into food.  Store your leftovers in glass or stainless steel.
  • Don’t let your child hold register receipts and wash your hands when you handle them.  There are high levels of BPA in them!  (Didn’t realize this one!)

There are no real conclusive studies on BPA, but there are more and more studies that show possible links to health issues.  In my opinion, don’t obsess, don’t add it to your worry list, but do use some of the simple steps to avoid BPA exposure as much as possible.

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.


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