Upon first thought, you may giggle at the idea of sippy cups coming with a warning label. The truth is that the labels are needed. Babies and toddlers can come to harm from them if they are not used, cleaned, and protected properly. Here are the top three reasons why sippy cups should really come equipped with a warning label.
1. They Can Cause Development Problems
Sippy cups tend to be the go-to option between a bottle and a cup. They can help children with poor motor skills, but there is a major downside of development problems within the mouth. The plastic forces the mouth to take a shape to fit around it and not the other way around. When breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the nipple and teet are designed to form in the shape of the mouth, instead.
Some sippy cups encourage a sucking motion, too, which causes even more development problems due to the weakening of muscles. They can also pull the teeth forward, causing misalignments. Some of the developmental problems include speech delays and airway quality.
2. They Can Cause More Tooth Decay
Many parents put juice and pop inside sippy cups, which are much higher in sugar than the likes of milk and water. They also encourage children to continually drink throughout the day, constantly keeping sugar and acid in the mouth. The saliva doesn't have time to act to be able to get the acid and sugar out of the mouth, meaning the teeth are more at risk of decay.
This then leads to the higher risk of cavities. Even with regular tooth brushing, the teeth are more at risk than when using cups. Ask the Dentist recommends rinsing with water and waiting at least 30 minutes between drinks. If you are going to give your toddler juice, do it with a meal, where all the sugar content is in one go and not spaced out continuously throughout the day.
3. They're Not Easy to Clean
Some sippy cups don't get cleaned fully. This isn't due to lack of hygiene or care. The cups are designed to have a seal to prevent drinks from spilling when tipped upside down. The seal section doesn't completely come away, meaning it is impossible to get water in and out for cleaning. Mold grows within the seal, making children ill.
Sippy cups may seem like the next best option, but they're not perfect. They can harm your children. For more information, contact a pediatrician in your area.