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Can silicone baby bottles be sterilized with UV light? How should silicone baby bottles be sterilized? Today I will talk about these two issues. Many people don’t know much about the principle of UV disinfection. Today I will introduce to you. Is it good for UV disinfection of baby bottles? Please see the detailed introduction below.
Can silicone baby bottles be sterilized with UV light?
Many parents have purchased silicone baby bottles or pacifiers and found that the instructions for use indicate that silicone baby bottles cannot be sterilized with ultraviolet light. Why? Is it because of the harmful substances produced by the reaction of ultraviolet rays and silica gel? In fact, it does not generate harmful substances. UV and ozone should accelerate the aging of silica gel and turn yellow, but it will not produce harmful substances.
The bottle material is made of medical silicone, similar to human skin. Irradiation with ultraviolet rays will damage the silicone material.
How to disinfect silicone baby bottles
In fact, no matter what the bottle is, there will be a need for cleaning and disinfection. Because breast milk and milk powder are rich in nutrients, they will easily deteriorate if they are exposed to the air without being frozen. In addition, the bacteria that may be produced after the deterioration of dairy products are not comparable to the impurities in the general environment. If they are not thoroughly cleaned and not subjected to high temperature disinfection, they may threaten the baby’s gastrointestinal health. Therefore, it is best for mothers to clean the milk left in the bottle immediately after feeding so as not to deteriorate or stagnate on the bottle.
Pay particular attention to bottlenecks and spirals. When cleaning the pacifier, you should turn over the pacifier and wash it. If there are milk stains condensing on the pacifier, you can soak it in hot water for a while, and then brush it off after the milk stain becomes soft. To keep the teat hole on the nipple unobstructed, the nipple should be disinfected at least once a day.
Silicone baby bottles can be sterilized in boiling water or in a microwave oven without causing deformation. Silicone baby bottles are more heat-resistant than ordinary plastic bottles, and there is no problem with long-term disinfection.
Note: Remember to disinfect once a week.
What are the disinfection methods for baby bottles
In fact, there are many disinfection methods, the key point is that we choose the disinfection method according to the material of the bottle. At present, the commonly used disinfection methods include traditional boiling disinfection method, microwave disinfection method, ultraviolet disinfection method and steam disinfection method.
Glass bottle: If you use a glass bottle at home, any of the above disinfection methods will have a good effect! However, it should be noted that the rapid cooling and heating of the glass will cause bursting. Remember to boil it in the cold water and gradually heat it up.
Plastic bottle: If you use a plastic bottle at home, it is recommended to use steam or ultraviolet disinfection. Do not repeatedly use traditional boiled or microwave disinfection methods. Because the current plastic bottles, although most use PP material, such products can be sterilized at temperatures above 100 ° C. However, whether long-term repeated use of boiling or microwave disinfection will release harmful substances is not yet determined. For the sake of insurance, ultraviolet disinfection is more reliable.
Ultraviolet disinfection is to destroy the molecular structure in the cells of microorganisms by ultraviolet rays of appropriate wavelengths, thereby achieving the effect of sterilization and disinfection. Of course, the price of UV disinfection machines on tall buildings is relatively higher.
The microwave disinfection method is to put the cleaned baby bottle in clean water and put it in the microwave oven, then turn on the high heat for 10 minutes. Do not put the teat and connection cap into the microwave oven to avoid deformation and damage
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