Young children and infants are at an increased risk for food poisoning.
Learning the basics of baby bottle safety is important to keeping your infant protected because baby bottles are hotbed of health risks.
Both breast milk and prepared formula are susceptible to bacterial contamination if not handled properly, which is why sterilizing and cleaning can go a long way.
Before the very first use, sterilizing baby bottles in boiling water for five minutes is recommended, though it’s not necessary to do this regularly.
For daily cleaning of bottles and supplies, however, you’ll only need soap, hot water and a baby bottle brush.
Using mere water and a bar of detergent soap to wash baby bottles may expose your child to harmful bacteria and chemical residue.
These often lead to diarrhea and nausea in infants and toddlers.
Unsterilized baby bottles with detergent soap, residue may still contain Bacillus Cereus, which is commonly the cause of most ailments.
Bottles that aren’t thoroughly washed may contain harmful chemicals.
When mothers use disposable plastic bottle liners and ready-to-use formula, they still need to make sure the bottles and nipples are clean.
Washing and drying in a dishwasher is safe, but only with heated water and a hot drying cycle.
First check the manufacturer label to make sure items are dishwasher safe.
Don’t forget, before handling baby bottles or feeding your baby, always wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
To keep your children safe, keep in mind these tips.