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How to avoid food poisoning in children

How to avoid food poisoning in children


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It is enough that a single egg is in bad condition for the mayonnaise to become a dangerous weapon on the table. The salmonella or anisakis are some of the culprits of food poisoning among children, but they are not the only ones. Learn to exercise extreme caution when handling food, especially in the hottest season.

The culprits that a food is not in good condition are bacteria, toxins, parasites or viruses. Any of them can turn a succulent delicacy into a vehicle for disease, although in most cases of food poisoning the main cause it is a common bacteria.

It may be, for example, that an animal has developed these bacteria (present in its own intestine), or that the water we ingest has been contaminated, or that a food has not been handled correctly or the cooling chain has been skipped for its conservation. Or perhaps hygiene was not monitored when preparing a dish.

The most common symptoms of food poisoning in children are nausea, stomach pain, vomiting (colic), diarrhea, sweating and pale skin, fever, headache, and weakness. They begin to appear 2 hours after eating food in poor condition.

If the poisoning is mild, it will go away on its own little by little. It is necessary to watch that the child is properly hydrated and to stop vomiting and diarrhea. In the case that it persists, it is necessary to consult the pediatrician. If the poisoning is severe or the child is at risk of dehydration, go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Food poisoning can be avoided with small gestures. Here are some tips and tricks:

- Before handling food, wash your hands very well.

- Wash the cutlery very well and utensils that we are going to use to prepare food and devices such as the blender, where food remains can be left behind.

- Kitchen rags and cloths carry more bacteria than we find in the bathroom. They should be cleaned frequently. It is better to use disposable kitchen paper to clean our hands when cooking.

- Check that the temperature of the freezer and refrigerator are correct.

- Never refreeze food after defrosting.

- Exercise extreme caution with dairy foods and eggs in hot weather and monitor their expiration date.

- Clean the shell of the eggs well and dry it before use and the skin of the fruit before eating it.

- Freeze the fish before preparing it. This way you will avoid the unpleasant surprise of the anisakis.

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