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5 Things That May Be In Your Water That Could Affect Your Baby’s Health

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As any new parent will tell you, the first few months at home can be terrifying! Baby’s health is of the utmost importance and now there are so many new things to be aware of!

Suddenly there is danger at every turn! The family dog is now a potential baby-biter, the staircase is a steep fall waiting to happen, your bed sheets are housing dust mites and other unwanted intruders that might harm your precious baby.

Plus, you’ve got to figure out how to bath, clothe and feed her.

It doesn’t matter whether you choose to bottle feed from necessity or preference, that choice is personal and entirely up to you but you do need to be aware of a few factors when preparing your baby’s bottles. In particular, I want to discuss water purity with you. Water quality varies from municipality to municipality so you should check with our local authorities to see how your water stacks up, however, it is safe to assume that your water should be filtered and/or boiled before serving it to Baby.

What In Our Water Could Affect Baby’s Health?

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What’s in your water?


The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality require that uranium content is less than 0.02 mg/L, however the World Health Organization has found levels as high as 4.2  µg/litre (twice the limit).

“Little information is available on the chronic health effects of exposure to environmental uranium in humans. In Nova Scotia, Canada, clinical studies were performed on 324 persons exposed to variable amounts of naturally occurring uranium in drinking-water (up to 0.7 mg/litre) supplied from private wells. No relationship was found between overt renal disease or any other symptomatic complaint and exposure to uranium. However, a trend towards increasing excretion of urinary β-2-microglobulin and increasing concentration of uranium in well water was observed; this raises the possibility that an early tubular defect was present and suggests that this parameter might be useful as an index of subclinical toxicity. The group with the highest uranium concentrations in well water failed to follow this trend, but this was attributed to the fact that most of the individuals in this group had significantly reduced their consumption of well water by the time the measurements were made, leading to the conclusion that the suspected tubular defect might well be rapidly reversible (Moss et al., 1983; Moss, 1985).”

-World Health Organization


Agricultural pesticides are very often found in water supplies. You’ve read about Lindane (a chemical that has been used as an agricultural pesticide) in an earlier post but it is significant enough to mention again today.  Lindane is a neurotoxin that can affect the nervous system. While handling and production of this chemical is strictly regulated, Lindane does exist in our environment and can easily find its way to our water supply.


E. Coli Bacteria and related bacteria make up about 0.1% of gut flora, and fecal–oral transmission is the major route through which pathogenic strains of the bacterium cause disease. Most strains of E. Coli are harmless but some can make you very ill and cause serious food poisoning in humans.


The American Dental Association recommends not using water that contains high levels of fluoride when mixing powdered or concentrated baby formula. Too much fluoride puts your baby at risk for enamel fluorosis, a condition that develops while the teeth are forming in the gums. With this condition, the baby teeth develop white streaks. Fluorosis is a cosmetic issue that affects both baby teeth and permanent teeth while they’re forming under the gums.


If you suspect that there is lead in your tap water you may want to check with your provincial or state ministry to be sure. Canadian experts recommend boiling water until it reaches a rolling boil  for 2 minutes for safest infant consumption. Alternatively, consider a filtration system to remove lead and other contaminates.

If you’re at all concerned about the quality of your tap water, you should choose an Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis System. An Aquasafe Home Reverse Osmosis system will remove all contaminants from water, including everything mentioned in this article, producing guaranteed safe water you can count on every time. And it’s only a few cents per liter! Shop online and save today.

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