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Question: How safe are Microwaves for warming up a child's meal?

 yudoo79 - Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:26 pm


Are there any scientific studies (preferably from highly respected sources) about the safety of using microwave ovens to warm up a young child's meal?

All studies that I have found focus on burns from children actually using a microwave oven. I have not been able to find anything on the actual consumption of food heated by a microwave.

We have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Our family does not use a mircowave at all. This seems excessive to me. Thus far, I've heard nothing but rummors about the alledged negatives of using a microwave to warm up a meal.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:10 pm

User avatar Hello,
There is concern now with plastics with dioxins that can leach into foods in heat so I would recommend using glass or ceramic and avoid plastics. Do not cover the food with plastic wrap either. Pyrex and Corning ware are good choices. Be careful to find microwave safe containers and be cautious in picking these up as they can get hot. Otherwise the burn issues are the major concern as parts of the food can be very hot while other parts remain cool.

Best wishes.

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