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Accidentally gave baby formula that may have been out of the fridge longer than 2 hours. Really worried!

10 replies

Gingerbreadpixie · 10/10/2013 10:22

7-week old DS1 sometime fusses and falls asleep in the middle of feeds and they can take up to an hour from start to finish. But I am always careful to time how long the bottle has been out for.

This morning we had one of these fussy feeds so I put him in his crib as he will usually stir within 10 mins or so and I can carry on feeding. Well this morning, probably due to feeling quite tired and stressed by the time he finished his feed the bottle had been out for what I guess to be any time between an hour and 45 mins to around 2 hours. Will this give him a bad tummy? I'm really stressed I may have given him food poisoning and I'm so tired I can't tell if I'm being irrational or not :(

I feed him Aptamil ready made in the litre bottles, not powder, if that makes a difference? It says on the bottle discard within 2 hours but what if I went over 2 hours? Would it be silly to ring the doctor??

OP posts:

starfishmummy · 10/10/2013 10:28

Don't panic!! He will probably be fine.


NoComet · 10/10/2013 10:28

Get some sleep and stop worrying!


ClaraOswald · 10/10/2013 10:29

He should be fine.


ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee · 10/10/2013 10:30

You don't need to ring the Dr, he will be just fine.

It is hard to believe right now - but you will look back on this and laugh. Honest.


Sleep when he sleeps


geminigirl · 10/10/2013 10:30

I really don't think I would get too worried, if you're doing this on a regular basis then I would advise you differently but a one off is hardly likely to do any harm.

It's such a steep learning curve with your first DC, you really don't know what you can get away with without seriously harming them! I used to tie myself up in knots over stuff like this, I remember obsessing over whether baby's soother touching the sheet of his Moses basket counted as contamination and warranted a whizz in the steriliser. You will have many more moments like this and come out the other side a lot wiser!

If he's asleep now, take yourself off to sleep too, one of the joys of having your first...there's only you and him to attend to Smile


MrsPnut · 10/10/2013 10:31

He'll probably be fine, it isn't an exact 2 hours anyway just a guideline so people don't have the opened formula hanging around for half a day half finished.


Orangeychoc · 10/10/2013 10:31

He'll be absolutely fine, give yourself a break


geminigirl · 10/10/2013 10:32

Oh, I just read it properly, it wasn't even out for two hours? Definitely don't worry, get some sleep!!


Gingerbreadpixie · 10/10/2013 13:00

Thanks all. I've calmed down now and looking at it a bit more rationally!

OP posts:

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee · 10/10/2013 13:05

Good :) Sleep deprivation is used as a torture method for a very good reason!

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