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A Pilot Study Describing Infant Formula Preparation and Feeding Practices.

Foodborne illnesses pose a problem to all individuals but are especially significant for infants. This observational study collected pilot data on formula preparation practices of 15 mothers of infants under the age of 7 months. A site survey tool was developed, based upon existing instruments. A trained observer travelled to the participants&; homes to observe formula preparation and feeding. Some 73% of women did not wash their hands before preparing formula, 60% did not keep the prepared bottle cool during transport away from home, 53% checked the formula expiration date, 20% of infants slept with their bottle, 47% added cereal to formula, and 36% obtained information about formula preparation from a health professional. Hand washing is one of the most important home hygiene practices; however, hand washing practices by participants in this study prior to baby bottle preparation was poor. Int J Environ Health Res. 2008;18(6):451-9.

Author: Herbold NH, Scott E

Published: 01/07/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: International Journal of Environmental Health Research