What are the risks of unsterilized baby bottles?

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Posted at Feb 26 2017 08:00 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2017 10:47 AM

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Baby bottles are a hotbed of health risks.

Using mere water and a bar of detergent soap to wash baby bottles may expose your child to harmful bacteria and chemical residue. These often lead to diarrhea and nausea in infants and toddlers.

According to a study by the Top Rated National Baby Products, unsterilized baby bottles with detergent soap residue may still contain Bacillus Cereus, which is commonly the cause of most ailments.

Dr. Benigno Glenn Ricaforte of the Philippine Society for Microbiology, meanwhile, warns mothers of chemical residue after washing bottles with detergent. Bottles that aren't thoroughly washed may contain harmful chemicals that can cause poisoning. 

Aside from sterilizing your child's baby bottles, Ricaforte also strongly recommends using anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid instead of a bar of detergent soap.

Ricaforte said that using an anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid not only eliminates harmful bacteria as it also minimizes the chance of leaving chemical residue.

To keep your children safe, keep in mind these tips from the experts.