Food poisoning is the situation where our body is attacked by a bacterium, a virus or another germ through the food we consume. And, when it is about babies, we must not ignore the signs because food poisoning in babies can be fatal. In most cases of babies, this situation heals itself and no medication is needed. However, in some cases, medical attention is highly advised and is the only option left as a treatment.
Possible Reasons for Food Poisoning
There could be several reasons responsible for food poisoning. However, the primary reason is hygiene. Let us talk about a few very common reasons.
1. The vegetables and fruits consumed by the baby have not been properly washed before being cooked.
2. Feeding a baby without washing hands.
3. Consumption of products such as meat, eggs, dairy products; an open invitation to germs.
4. Consuming contaminated or non-filtered water.
5. Consuming food stored in inappropriate temperatures.
6. Half cooked, improperly warmed, or raw food served to the baby. In case you don’t know, the baby’s food should be warmed well before being served. Heating food can prevent germs from entering the body.
7. Baby’s underdeveloped or poor immunity.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Before you can opt for the treatment, you need to closely observe the symptoms of food poisoning. Do keep in mind that these symptoms may be different from child to child and you may not see all of them. As we know, every baby is unique and so are their bodies. It may happen that some microbes react in two hours, while others appear within two days.
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Common Symptoms of Food Poisoning
- The vomiting
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Body weakness
Severe Symptoms of Food Poisoning
- Visual disturbances
- Breathing disorders
- Numbness or tingling around the mouth, in the arms and legs. You need to watch this symptom very closely because your baby is too small to tell you what he is going through, but he will show you signs like scratching his arms and irritation.
When Do You Need To Call A Pediatrician?
Now, when you see any of the following symptoms, you must not delay calling a doctor. It is advisable to see a doctor immediately or take your baby to the hospital at the earliest possible.
- Blood vomiting
- Diarrhea with high fever
- Continuous vomiting for more than 12 hours
- Irregular heart pulse
- Also pay attention to the following signs of dehydration such as lack of urination, drowsiness, swollen eyes, or if you see him having struggling while standing.
Treatment for Food Poisoning
Food poisoning follows its natural course, and babies recover by themselves. But a dose of antibiotics prescribed by a doctor may be taken cautiously to avoid worsening the situation.
In dehydration cases, treatment with rehydration salts or rehydration infusions is required.
However, in any case, one must not start any sort of medication without a doctor’s prescription. It is highly recommended to see a doctor.