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bottled or tap water for my child

Should I give my child bottled or tap water?

Benefits of drinking water

Your body needs water to survive. It is an essential part of your health. It helps your whole body function and run smoothly. And fluoridated water protects teeth.

Does bottled water contain enough fluoride for my child?

Some bottled water products may contain fluoride. It depends on the source of the water. Fluoride is naturally present in water. When bottled water is labeled as purified, de-ionized, demineralized or distilled, that means the water has been treated in a way that there is no fluoride or only trace amounts, unless it lists on the label that fluoride has been added.

Should I give my child bottled or tap water?

Bottled water doesn’t have any benefits over tap water. It isn’t healthier and it’s basically tap water from a major city which goes through a filtration process.

Tap water doesn’t always taste very good, but there are filtration systems that don’t filter out the fluoride. For example simple faucet, refrigerator and pitcher type water filters like BRITA don’t filter out the fluoride.

Drinking water with fluoride can reduce your risk of cavities by 25%! Still, not all bottled water has “nature’s cavity fighter.” ADA dentist Dr. Matthew Messina explains what to look for when buying or drinking bottled water. Taken from:

Is fluoride in water safe for my child?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants begin to need fluoride supplements when they are 6 months old.

Tap water in the US is regulated and it’s clean and safe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), regulates drinking water and sets standards to limit possible contaminants.

You can find information on the quality of local water supplies on the Environmental Protection Agency website.

What if my child doesn’t like the taste of water?

You can add a slice of fruit to make the water tastier to drink. Carbon filters can also improve the taste of water.


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