INFANT FORMULA: READ AND
FOLLOW THE LABEL INSTRUCTIONS!
New parents and other caregivers should read carefully and
follow all instructions on infant formula product labels.
The following experience illustrates why.
A parent called a Poison Control Center because she had accidentally
fed her three-month- old infant three ounces of concentrated
formula, without diluting it as appropriate. The Center recommended
that she watch the infant carefully. Although this child was
fine on follow-up, use of concentrated formula, without appropriate
dilution, can cause diarrhea or vomiting and lead to destructive
inflammation of the colon and small bowel. On the other hand,
adding more water to formula (perhaps to stretch a product
further) also can harm an infant. This is because too much
dilution of infant formula consistently over several days
can cause 'water intoxication' that can result in seizures.
Formulas and other products intended for infants and children
differ in nature. Many come in a concentrated liquid or powder
form that must be diluted or mixed with water before use.
Others come in a ready-to-use form. Careful reading of labels,
and adherence to instructions from your doctors and nurses,
is the best way to be sure you use products correctly and
protect your children appropriately.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices