Last month, a baby girl was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, apparently due to improper preparation of TAML (baby food compound) using a dedicated water bar for making TAML bottles for babies. The Biamba bar device is marketed as a “smart machine” for making a bottle in 8 seconds, without mixing and without measurements – however, according to the Ministry of Health, it may endanger the health of your children.
Following the unusual and alarming case at Meir Hospital, as well as reports from the field about the effects of weight loss in infants fed formulas prepared with these devices, this morning (Sunday) the Ministry of Health issued an extraordinary warning to parents – follow the baby food preparation instructions.
After clarifying that breast milk is the most suitable food for babies, the ministry clarified that if “you chose to use a baby food compound, the compounds must be prepared according to the compound manufacturer’s instructions and in the exact dilution of the compound.
Excessive dilution of the formula impairs the nutritional value so that the baby does not get all his needs, and insufficient dilution can disrupt the balance of salts in his blood and endanger the baby’s life. Therefore, it is very important to take care of The following rules:
• Check the manufacturer’s instructions on the TAML box
• In any case where a formula is replaced, the specific guidelines for that type of formula should be checked
• Use the measuring spoon in the box and do not replace it with another measuring spoon
• TAML may be a fertile substrate for bacteria and therefore it is important to prepare it under proper sanitation conditions.
These devices are not supervised by any professional body It is important to note that the devices for preparing infant formula are not supervised by the Ministry of Health or any other international body.
“An inquiry with the FDA and the Standards Institute shows that their approval relates to the materials from which the device is made and the integrity of the electrical system and not to the way it works, its safety and effectiveness in preparing the formula,” the ministry said in a statement.
There are several reasons why these devices are not safe enough to prepare baby food:
1 The water in the device for preparing the formula may not reach a boiling temperature
The water in the device is stagnant and may be a source of growth for mold and bacteria
3. There may be times when the device does not work properly, so that the mixing of the formula compound is not carried out in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer of the formula
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