Using baby bottles to feed babies could be dangerous for them, as they could swallow more than a million plastic microparticles a day, according to a study by researchers in Ireland.
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the fact that people swallow large amounts of microparticles, and now a study shows that babies are exposed to danger every day due to the use of plastic bottles.
Scientists have studied the amount of microplastic in ten types of bottles or accessories made of polypropylene, the most commonly used type of plastic for food containers. Taking into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization on the conditions for sterilization and preparation of milk, the scientists determined that the bottles released between 1.3 and 16.2 million plastic microparticles per liter of liquid.
Moreover, they estimated that a baby can swallow, on average, an average of about 1.6 million microparticles a day in the first 12 months of life.
The study’s authors say, according to Medical Express, that sterilization and exposure of bottles to boiled water are the factors with the greatest effect on the release of microplastic particles.
However, the purpose of the study would not be to worry parents. “We communicated, as best we could, that we do not know how these particles can affect the health of babies. We are only now trying to find out,” the team from Trinity College Dublin explained.