A 28-year-old female asked:
does a drop of formula prepared 5 hours ago given by mistake to a 2 months old infant have high risk of hurting him?plz i'm afraid and i need answer
3 doctor answers
Dr. Clarene Cress answered
Specializes in Pediatrics
No harm.: Fresh or refrigerated formula is less likely to have spoiled or become contaminated with bacteria, but it is highly unlikely that a few drops of formula would provide sufficient bacteria to make your child ill. At this age, your child has been exposed to many common bacteria from normal hand and skin contact, and is able to make antibodies to help fight infection. He should be fine.
Answered on Dec 29, 2014
Dr. James Ferguson answered
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: If prepared properly and kept in a clean and safe container, I don't think the time matters.
Answered on Jan 14, 2017
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos answered
22 years experience Pediatrics
No: If pt had a "drop" of formula prepared 5 hrs ago nothing is going to happen to him/her. I think even if pt had a full feeding of formula prepared 5 hrs ago nothing would happen. Of course always better to refrigerate excess formula.
Answered on Dec 23, 2014
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