Humidifiers are the latest health and wellbeing trend that’s here to stay. In particular, the BPA-free humidifier is having its time in the spotlight. If you browse the pages of mom influencers, you’ll have realized they are the device to have to help your kid this winter.
Many parents will have been told to avoid using products with BPA around their children. If this is you, you will want to continue reading—when it comes to BPA, the science indicates it’s better to be safe than sorry.
But what is BPA, and why do you need a BPA-free humidifier for your baby? This blog looks at why this trend has become so important—and why it’s becoming more important in the age of COVID-19 and clean breathing.
What is BPA?
BPA is initials. It stands for BiPhenol A, a colorless solid. This solid can dissolve in organic solvents, but it doesn’t dissolve well in water.
What scares people the most, especially if you have young children, is that BPA is an industrial chemical. It has been used since the 1960s to make certain plastics and resins (polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins). These are often used to make food and drink containers and coat the inside of food cans.
You’ve probably come into contact a lot with BPA without realizing. For example, it has been found to be present in the urine of 93% of US citizens.
What are the Potential Health Hazards of BPA?
While BPA doesn’t seem to have a huge effect on adults, it can be damaging for young children and infants. In particular, some research has shown that it can affect many aspects of the fertility of both boys and girls.
In addition to this, some studies suggest that BPA exposure can have a negative effect on various parts of children and babies, including:
- The brain
- The prostate gland
- Behaviors, including hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression
- Contributes to higher blood pressure
BPA exposure doesn’t just raise your blood pressure (even though the thought of your child being exposed might be doing that to you!) It can also increase the risk of heart disease, something that is the CDC has stated is the leading cause of death among most racial and ethnic groups in the US.
Studies have found that men who are exposed to BPA, such as in BPA handling factories, are more likely to have sexual dysfunction. Sadly, women with higher levels of BPA are observed to have lower quality egg production and more frequent miscarriages.
Studies on animals have suggested that BPA exposure can increase weight gain, although this hasn’t yet been proven in humans.
Which Products Contain BPA?
You probably come into contact with products that contain BPA on a daily basis. As we mentioned, BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Some products found in the US that contain this include:
- Items packaged in plastic containers. This includes food and drink items.
- Canned foods. BPA coats the inside of the cans.
- Toiletries. Interestingly, BPA can be found in recycled toilet paper.
- Feminine hygiene products. Many chemicals, including the likes of bleach and BPA, have been used in tampons over the years (though Forbes have argued that this isn’t as big a deal as some companies make it out to be).
- Thermal printer receipts. BPA is used in receipts, with shop workers and wait staff having higher levels of BPA in their urine.
- CDs and DVDs. Netflix might be healthy for you after all!
- Household electronics. Look at humidifiers—you have to search for specifically BPA free ones. This is similar for other electronics.
- Eyeglass lenses. There are usually trace amounts of BPA found in lenses, and some manufacturers have BPA versions.
- Sports equipment. Again, it depends what plastic was used in your equipment.
- Dental fillings and sealants. While the fillings and sealants themselves don’t usually contain BPA, some of the chemicals in them can turn to BPA when exposed to saliva.
How Does BPA Enter Your Body?
BPA is a chemical, so it can enter your body directly and indirectly. Some of the ways that BPA can enter your body are listed below.
Through the food you eat and the water you drink.
Sometimes, BPA can enter the food or beverage from the packaging it is contained in. This is usually through heat, but sometimes it can leak into the product.
Similarly, when you wash bottles and cups that contain BPA, or even pour a hot drink like your morning coffee into them, the BPA can leak out of the plastics.
In other cases, the BPA might enter the environment as a pollution. After this, it follows the natural cycle—the BPA goes into the land or water, before going into our food and drink. We consume something that now contains additional BPA, which is transferred into our bodies.
How Can You Identify BPA and BPA-Free Products?
You might think the easiest way to tell the difference between a product that contains BPA and one that doesn’t is by looking at its title on Amazon. Well, yes and no.
Titles are only as honest as the people and companies who put them there, therefore they might not reveal everything. Plus, what if you have already bought the product and forgot to check? There are a few tips and tricks to finding out if your device is BPA free.
Things to Know
The first thing you should know is that:
Plastics that contain BPA have recycle codes on their bottoms with the number 3 or the number 7.
You should also be aware that:
Plastics that are marked with Resin Identification Codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA.
By seeing what kind of plastic your device is made from, it is easier to tell if it’s likely to contain BPA.
Should I Buy BPA-free Humidifier?
Here’s the truth: It’s up to you. We recommend that you go BPA-free, but it isn’t totally necessary.
So far, there aren’t any reports that suggest BPA can be diffused by humidifiers, meaning that, so far, there aren’t suggestions it can enter our body in this way.
However, considering what you have read today, you might find it better to be safe than sorry. Buying a BPA-free humidifier for your baby is a preventative measure, and the peace of mind (as well as the gentle humidity in your baby’s room) will help you both sleep well.
The Best BPA-Free Humidifier for Your Baby This Christmas
The good news is there are a few BPA-free humidifiers around—but we think ours are the best. Reliable, safe, and great looking, we have two for you to choose from.
TaoTronics Small Cool-Mist BPA-Free Humidifier
With a chic shape and a choice of three colors—white, black, or blue—you can choose the perfect humidifier to fit in with your baby’s room. Also, it’s precision designed to keep your baby’s room at the ideal humidity, you can rest assured that this device is BPA-free.
- Lightweight, with a 6oz/1.8L tank
- Easy to refill
- Quiet operation
- LED indicator
- 360 ° nozzle
Check out our small cool-mist BPA-free humidifier on the TaoTronics website!
TaoTronics 2.5L Cool Mist BPA-Free Humidifier
This cute humidifier is great for your baby’s room, and not just because it is BPA free. It will entertain them as it has a whale tail! More than that, it’s night-light is perfect for soothing them to sleep or for seeing during night feeds.
- Quiet operation
- Fragrance diffuser
- Easy to clean tank
- 30 hours of continuous mist
- Comes in white or blue
Browse our page for this humidifier today!
If you are trying for a child, or have young children, it is always worth being safe rather than sorry. Above all, buying a BPA-free humidifier will lower the chances of your child being exposed to BPA through this device. With TaoTronics offering this gorgeous selection, we don’t know why you wouldn’t at least take a look!
See the full TaoTronics humidifier range at our website!
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