Alabama pediatricians warn against diluting baby formula

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick

As parents across the state and country wonder how they will feed their small children with dwindling supplies of baby formula, Alabama pediatricians caution against diluting what formula they still have.

President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Katrina Skinner said adding extra water to the mix can put children at risk of dehydration, weight loss and seizures.

She also advised against homemade formulas, cow’s milk and plant-based milk, saying they do not provide the nutrients young children need.

District Medical Officer Dr. Wes Stubblefield attributed the nationwide shortage to staffing issues and a recall of formulas manufactured by Abbott.

The pair advised families to try brands other than their usual products, and to consider ready-to-feed or liquid concentrate formulas.

He warned families should be careful purchasing formula from vendors outside the United States, “as these formulas are not regulated by the FDA.”

“Families should discuss safe alternatives with their health care provider,” Dr. Stubblefield said.

Click here to find your local county health department for more information.

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