Preventing Foodborne Illnesses
Once Baby Arrives
Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness because their immune systems are not developed enough to fight off foodborne bacterial infections. In fact, 800,000 illnesses affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. each year.
Handwashing:Your First Step in Keeping your Children Safe
Your hands can pick up bacteria and spread bacteria to your baby - for example, from:
3 Critical Handwashing Steps:
Who's Not Washing?
According to a Penn State University study on mothers with infants less than four months old:
Foodborne Illness: When to Call the Doctor
Prevention is key to keeping your baby safe from infections. However, food-handling mistakes can happen. If your baby experiences any of the following symptoms, he or she may have foodborne illness and may need to see a doctor:
In these cases, take your baby to a doctor or health-care provider immediately. He or she can properly diagnose foodborne illness, have the specific bacteria identified if necessary, and prescribe the best treatment.
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