Is Nursery Purified Water harmful for babies?


I saw this bottle of Nursery Purified Water that my friends bought to use with their newborn baby.  My first thought was “is this really necessary?” or is this some kind of marketing gimmick to sell some unnecessary product to new parents.  I mean, how did we all survive all these years without Nursery Purified Water?

New parents are an obvious target to market products to because because parents generally want what’s best for their child, are new to the parenting thing so they don’t have a lot of child rearing knowledge coming in, and most importantly are willing to spend money on products that offer benefits to the child.

My gut feeling was that this is more of a marketing gimmick like most bottled water.  But the last thing I expected to find in my quick research was that the water may potentially be harmful.  It’s the added fluoride in the water.  The Environmental Working Group says that through normal usage of the water in a baby’s formula, the amount of fluoride exceeds the EPA’s safe daily amount of fluoride.

From EWG.org: EWG calls for Investigation of Nursery Water

Our calculations show that a newborn of average weight (7.3 pounds) drinking just 12 ounces of powdered formula reconstituted with Nursery Water’s bottled water would be exposed to fluoride in excess of the EPA’s safe daily dose to protect infants from fluorosis (0.06 milligrams of fluoride per kilogram of body weight (EPA 1989), assuming Nursery Water’s published upper limit of 0.7 ppm added fluoride in the water (www.nurserywater.com) and 12% adjustment for solids content). The levels of fluoride added to water by Nursery Water would lead to many babies being exposed to fluoride above EPA’s safe dose beginning at birth and continuing throughout infancy.

Other potential health impacts of fluoride. As noted previously, potential health impacts from ingestion of fluoride extend beyond fluorosis to encompass other impacts as well. A March 2006 report from the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC 2006) identified fluoride as a potent hormone disruptor that may affect normal thyroid function. Fluoride’s potential to impair thyroid function is most clearly illustrated by the fact that until the 1970s, European doctors used fluoride as a thyroid-suppressing medication for patients with hyperthyroidism. Infants are especially vulnerable to any disruption of thyroid function because adequate thyroid hormone levels are critical to normal growth and development.

Do we really know what we’re doing when we process and create products that we eat?  It’s only when something goes really bad that we generally notice that something is wrong.  But what if it’s something small that builds up over time? 

I’m not one to be afraid of everything that’s out there, but I have grown more aware of chemicals that we ingest and try to find things that are more natural and less processed.  Do the research and be the judge for yourself.

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  • Reply hispanictale November 21, 2008 at 6:20 am

    What a good paper? Is there any following response from “Nursery purified water”?

  • Reply MT November 26, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I searched the internet again and I don’t see any new information regarding this.

  • Reply Brandon January 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I saw this in our local grocery store tonight, and I can’t even believe that this is real. My opinion is that the purified water isn’t a bad idea, but not necessary to purchase in a bottle at the store. Get your family a high quality water filter that will remove fluoride if your tap water has it. If your tap water doesn’t have fluoride, still get a high quality water filter, such as a berkey, for all your drinking and cooking needs. On the topic, a shower filter is also helpful to remove chlorine.
    Back to this nursery water, it says right on the label that fluoride is ADDED! Since November of 2006, the American Dental Association has advised not to use fluoridated water or toothpaste for children under 6 months of age. The fact is that NONE OF US, regardless of age, should be ingesting fluoride. If some vegetables or fruits contain trace amounts that was picked up from the ground, that’s one thing. But it’s an entirely different matter when talking about ADDING it to water or food.
    Fluoride is toxic, and CAN NOT prevent tooth decay by ingesting it. This will undoubtedly hurt your children, as young children are much more susceptible to harmful substances such as fluoride. Think about it, children have baby teeth, which will later be replaced by adult teeth. Fluoride is NOT a vitamin or mineral, and our bodies do NOT need it to have healthy teeth or bones. Instead, the fluoride will cause dental AND skeletal fluorosis; may harm brain development; increases the risk of certain cancers, especially in boys; and can impair fertility later in life.
    Please contact any company you see marketing fluoridated bottled water, especially for young children, and tell them you will never purchase their product because you know how unsafe and harmful it is. Let’s all boycott these fraudulent companies and bankrupt them for good!

  • Reply simeon February 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

    man that is so crazy i have twin 3week old and taht nursery water is not good at all try some your self taste like shit,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Reply Tezcat January 30, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Yes it has flouride research about flouride harms, and besides why would they add flouride if babies don’t even have teeth?

  • Reply Anonymous June 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Idk how it is bad for babies

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