Drink responsibly

What formula-feeding mamas need to know.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 800,000 illnesses affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. each year, and infants and young children are particularly susceptible to foodborne varieties, thanks to immature immune systems. To minimize the risk for formula-fed infants, the FDA recommends abiding by these do’s and don’ts.

DO follow “use-by” dates on formula cans.

DON’T prepare and store excess formula.

DO prepare bottles on an as-needed basis.

DON’T leave prepared formula out at room temperature for more than two hours.

DO transport bottles in an insulated cooler.

DON’T stash dirty diapers in the same bag with baby’s bottle.

DO warm a bottle using hot tap water or water heated in a pan (once it’s been removed from heat). Milk should be lukewarm.

DON’T store an unfinished bottle in the fridge for later. Throw it out, and start fresh at the next meal.

DO swirl baby’s bottle to even out temperature.

Symptoms of foodborne illness include blood in diarrhea; a prolonged, high fever; refusing fluids; and not being able to keep anything down due to vomiting. If your baby experiences any of these, see your pediatrician right away.

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