Baby Health

Safe Drinking Water

When you introduce your baby to water, either to drink or to mix formula, it is essential that you use safe, clean water that has been properly treated and sterilized. This includes the water you use to sterilize baby bottles and feeding equipment.

WAYS TO STERILISE TAP WATER-
Boiling: The easiest and cheapest method of sterilizing water is to boil it. This is an acceptable household method of purifying water, especially untreated water or water from natural sources.

Chorine Tablets: Municipal corporations in our country use chlorine to purify water and make it safe for drinking and cooking, before directing water to households. However, it is best to boil the water first before consuming it to remove contaminants.

Filter: If you’re concerned about the purity of your water supply, install a filter on your kitchen sink tap. Certain filters can remove lead and other contaminants from your water.
If  you decide to buy a water filter:
– check out the options available in your area first, to find one to suit your needs and budget,
– Always follow the manufacturer’s directions and change the filter regularly to prevent contaminants from building up and When you choose a water filter, pay attention to how it works.

Than another question comes: How will you know your water filter is working properly?All water filters need different care so it is always best to check the manufacturer’s directions. Most manufacturers recommend you change the filter once a year. Some filters have a warning system and will have a light or make a sound to let you know it’s time to change your filter.

If you don’t want to go for filter than another option is bottled Water but, Is bottled water safe?Not exactly. Certain brands have been proven to be safe because of their water treatment systems, but not all bottled water can be considered safe as it is difficult to determine the level of safety and purity.
While bottled water is monitored by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), most do not contain the recommended amount of fluoride. Some may even exceed acceptable levels of harmful substances. Some may be contaminated by the chemicals in the plastic container. So it’s best to drink water purified at home. Use bottled water sparingly and make sure that you choose a reputable brand. Also check the manufacturing and best before dates. See that the seal is not broken and there is no leakage from the bottle.

Never buy bottled water from roadside vendors. There are reports which show that these bottles are filled with tap water or impure water which can cause infections in your child. In some instances, these roadside vendors re-fill the old bottles of quality brands and sell it to make money.
Remember to crush the bottle after every use to ensure that the same bottle is not used to store water again. 
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