We are all concerned about what we put in our bodies. For parents, that concern extends to our children. Honestly, as parents we are often more concerned about what our children are ingesting than what we are. But I digress. When something is made specifically for the better health of your child (or at least is marketed that way), it would be great to be able to assume the company creating that product had your child’s best interest in mind. But, at least in the case of Nursery Water, water specifically marketed to parents of infants, the company is either completely misguided or just doesn’t care.
Proudly on every label of Nursery Water is the notification that it has “added fluoride”. This is added directly under their logo, not hidden on the back or in small print under the content measurement. The company wants you to know they’ve added fluoride, and we’re truly grateful for that.
The dangers of fluoride among young children are well-recognized. Contrary to several decades ago, children under the age of 12 months are cautioned against drinking fluoridated water, and those under 6 months should not get any fluoride at all—not in the drops or pills that were once commonly recommended.
So why are we concerned about babies receiving fluoride?
Dental fluorosis is one reason. Associated with early-life exposure to fluoride, dental fluorosis causes permanent damage to the tooth enamel, leaving its victims with discolored and damaged smiles. But this isn’t the only reason.
A review released in The Lancet revealed fluoride could damage a developing brain, calling it an “emerging neurotoxic substance.” Also, as reported by GreenMedInfo.com, the National Research Council has identified fluoride as a hormone disruptor that could damage thyroid function.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dangers of sodium fluoride, classified as a “severe poison” on its material data safety sheet. Actually, fluoride has been shown to contribute to numerous health issues, including cancer and reduced IQ. This is why most nations don’t fluoridate their water, and why nations like Israel are halting water fluoridation.
By giving infants this poison, we are truly putting them at risk.
“A baby drinking fluoridated formula receives the highest dosage of fluoride among all age groups in the population (0.1-0.2+ mg/kg/day), whereas a breast-fed infant receives the lowest.”
It isn’t clear how Nursery Water maintains a place on store shelves with added fluoride. What’s troubling is we know someone must be using it for them to stay afloat. If you know someone giving their infant fluoridated water, you have a duty to speak up and tactfully inform them of the dangers.