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Friday, December 5, 2008

Too Much Or Too Little Water Is Dangerous

Doctors warn: Don’t dilute baby formula

By JO CIAVAGLIA
Courier Times

Some local doctors are worried the tight economy might tempt some parents into watering down baby formula as a way to save money, which could endanger their child’s life.

A Florida mother held a press conference this week warning others after she almost killed her 5-month- old son by adding extra water to his powdered formula in an attempt to stretch her supply.

Generally, babies under 6 months old should not be given water, but some parents don’t realize that, according to the chief of emergency medicine at a Philadelphia children’s hospital.

Area emergency rooms say they haven’t seen recent cases of babies fed diluted formula and the ones they have seen are usually cases where the parents didn’t understand the mixing directions. But they are worried with the troubled economy that it’s something they could see.

Commercial infant formula is designed to deliver proper nutrients based precisely on mixing instructions. Adding extra water dilutes the nutrients, putting babies at risk for malnourish or water intoxication. More...

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Well, what's wrong with just breast feeding? Then everything is perfectly mixed and a THOUSAND times better than formula in the first place. God provided a way for our children to be nourished and it's not from a bottle. PLUS - It's free.

Anonymous said...

Hey, some people can't breastfeed.

Anonymous said...

"God provided a way for our children to be nourished and it's not from a bottle"

God also provided us with a way to populate...so no birth control either?!

Whatever!

Anonymous said...

I for one could care less mom milk or bottle, just don't mom it in public!

Anonymous said...

Breastfeeding in public is perfectly natural. It's a beautiful thing to see a mother love her child enough to nurse. If you don't like to see it, look the other way.
No, some people can't breast feed, but a lot of people don't even try - which is sad.

Anonymous said...

Almost every mother can breastfeed. There just has to be enough "want" and will to do it. I believe I read that only about 2% of mothers are not physically able to nurse. Most of those that are having problems nursing can be helped with support, herbal remedies and just knowledge.

It's the very best thing that you can do for you and your baby. Even if you only nurse for a few weeks.