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You have made your New Year's resolution to lose weight. Its a good resolution. We all know losing weight isn't easy or quick. While you are watching TV you see a commercial for a diet product.
Magic diet pill!
Melt your fat away!
Diet and exercise not required!
Sounds great! Or does it?
Messages like these on weight-loss products taunt consumers looking for a quick and easy way to shed pounds.
But these products don’t live up to their claims. Even worse, they can cause serious harm, say federal regulators, who have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements but that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds that have not been adequately studied in humans.
Parents and caregivers should always follow the safety tips below for preparing infant formula, especially for premature infants and infants under 6 weeks:
- Formula preparation. In most cases, it's safe to mix formula using ordinary cold tap water that's brought to a boil and then boiled for one minute and cooled. According to the World Health Organization, studies suggest that mixing powdered formula with water at a temperature of at least 70 degree C—158 degrees F. Remember that formula made with hot water needs to be cooled quickly to body temperature—about 98 degrees F—if it is being fed to the baby immediately. Prepare only enough formula for one feeding at a time
- Cleaning. Wash your hands and all feeding equipment thoroughly with soap and water before preparing the formula,
- Bottles and nipples. Consider sterilizing bottles and nipples before first use. After that, you can clean them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand with soapy water.
- Bottled water. If you use non-sterile bottled water for formula preparation, you should follow the same directions as described for tap water above. Some companies sell bottled water that is marketed for infants and for use in mixing with infant formula. This bottled water is required to meet general US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) quality requirements for bottled water. If the bottled water is not sterile, the label must also indicate this. Water that is marketed by the manufacturer as sterile and for infants must meet FDA's general requirements for commercial sterility.
- "Use by" date. This is the date after which a package or container of infant formula should not be fed to infants. It indicates that the manufacturer guarantees the nutrient content and the general acceptability of the quality of the formula up to that date. FDA regulations require this date on each container of infant formula.
- Storage. Manufacturers must include instructions on infant formula packaging for before and after the container is opened. They must also include information on the storage and disposal of prepared formula.
- Homemade formula. FDA does not regulate or recommend recipes for these. Errors in selecting and combining ingredients for homemade formula can have serious consequences affecting the nutrition and overall well-being of the infant.
- Formula changes. Always look for any changes in formula color, smell, or taste. If you buy formula by the case, make sure the lot numbers and "use by" dates on the containers and boxes match. Also, check containers for damage, and call the manufacturer's toll-free number with any concerns or questions. You may also contact FDA.