Although the infection by Cronobacter sakazakii, a microorganism that occurs naturally in the environment is quite rare, it can be really serious and even fatal in newborns.
As explained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cronobacter microbes They can lead to a blood infection (septicemia) or meningitis in children. For this reason, it is vitally important to follow a series of preventive measures, especially when giving the bottle.
Where is this microbe found? What symptoms does it cause?
This pathogen can be present in dry foods such as powdered milk, teas, or in any powdered infant product. It is rare, but parents should be alert to any red flag such as fever, crying, low energy, or inability to eat well.
“Babies two months or younger who get sick from Cronobacter are more likely to get meningitis,” warns the CDC. In addition, premature babies and those with previous pathologies are more likely to get sick from this infection.
Guidelines for baby protection
The first recommendation of the health authorities is to opt for breast milk to feed the newborn. “One of the benefits is that it prevents different types of infection, such as ear and respiratory infections,” they clarify.
Second, you have to clean, disinfect and store all products in safe places that are used to feed the baby to prevent contamination.
On the other hand, CDC recommends using fluid milk when it is possible. “If you are feeding your baby this formula, consider using the liquid formula instead of the powdered one,” especially if the baby is less than three months old, premature, or has a weakened immune system.
Recommendations for preparing a bottle with powdered milk
How should you prepare to avoid risks? The most important thing is to maintain proper hygiene of the products necessary to prepare the bottle and close the milk and bottled water containers to prevent contamination by microorganisms. For safe preparation, experts recommend following these steps:
- Clean and sterilize the bottle and the products to be used.
- Boil the water and let it cool for approximately 30 minutes until it reaches a temperature of at least 70 ° C.
- Add the exact amount indicated in the product instructions and shake the bottle carefully.
- Chill it until it reaches body temperature. To do this, you can put the prepared bottle under cold water.
- Check that it is not too hot to feed the baby by dropping a few drops on the doll.
Another recommendation “use the formula within two hours of preparation. “ If the bottle is not fully swallowed, it is best to discard what is left. In the case of having prepared it to give it later, it must be refrigerated immediately.
Finally, you must have proper hand hygiene and wash them with soap and water at the most important moments of preparation:
- Before preparing and giving the bottle.
- Before touching the baby’s mouth.
- Before touching the pacifier or other objects.
- After using the bathroom or changing diapers.