1. Up to what age should babies drink sterilized water?
2. Shouldn’t my baby be exposed to some bacteria to help build his immune system?
3. What is the difference between distilled bottle water and sterilized bottled water?
4. Should babies drink mineral water?
5. Is fluoridated water safe for infants and young children?
6.What age should children start drinking fluoridated water?
 
 
Up to what age should babies drink sterilized water?

Infants should drink sterilized water at least up to the age of 12 months. This is the period when infants are most susceptible to waterborne disease and infection. Parents should also make sure that the sterilized water is free from harmful chemicals that can compromise a child’s healthy growth and development.

 
Shouldn’t my baby be exposed to some bacteria to help build his immune system?

When it comes to waterborne disease, exposure during infancy can do more harm than good. Infants can quickly dehydrate during the first 12 months of life which can be fatal if not treated quickly. Moreover, for many waterborne diseases exposure does not build resistance. Amebiasis, for instance, must be treated each and every time it is contracted.   Exposing an infant to harmful waterborne diseases is simply not worth the risk. This is why the World Health Organization and other leading health authorities recommend using only STERILIZED WATER during first 12 months.

 
 
What is the difference between distilled bottle water and sterilized bottled water?

Distilled bottled water is not sterilized and certified sterile. While distillation eliminates impurities from water, the process does not ensure sterility of the end product. To qualify as sterilized bottled water, manufacturers must comply with strict regulatory standards. As with other ordinary bottled waters (ie., spring and mineral), distilled bottle water should be boiled prior to infant use to ensure sterility.

 
 
Should babies drink mineral water?

Many consumers believe that natural mineral waters have medicinal properties or offer other health benefits. Such waters are typically of high mineral content and may not be suitable for infants as they can tax and overwork an infant’s kidneys. The World Health Organization states that they are “unaware of any convincing evidence to support the beneficial effects of consuming such mineral waters” (WHO, Bottled Drinking Water, Fact sheet N°256).

 
 
Is fluoridated water safe for infants and young children?

Fluoridated water helps build strong and healthy teeth by strengthening tooth enamel making teeth more resistant to decay. Regularly taking fluoridated water has been proven to safely cut dental decay by 40% - 60%.  

 
 
What age should children start drinking fluoridated water?

Teeth development begins long before the teeth actually appears so its important that children receive the right amount of fluoride from 6 months onwards. Fluoride supplementation is not required for children 6 months to 3 years if Fluoride is present in drinking water at 0.3ppm.