Sterilization of milk bottles and other baby feeding equipment is also important to prevent contamination of bacteria or germs. Here it is 9 things to know about sterilization.
Sterilization process needs to be done on a regular basis each time a bottle or eating utensils are used. This should be done properly so that it can reduce the bacteria or germs that can contaminate the bottle. The contamination can cause diarrhea in infants. As for baby toys are generally quite doused with hot water.
There are 9 things parents should know about the sterilization of milk bottles:
Why do you need sterilization?
Sterilization can help protect babies from germs and infection. Harmful bacteria can grow rapidly in the milk and the baby’s body under the age of 1 year because it does not have an optimal immune system. In addition, sterilization also helps prevent infant mortality. Although not able to create a germ-free environment 100 percent, but with sterilization can reduce the risk for infants.
Should sterilization be for mothers who breastfeed their babies directly?
If the mother gives milk without using a breast pump, then the mother does not need to perform sterilization. But if you use a pump, then all the equipment needs to be sterilized to keep it clean. Equipment washed thoroughly before the sterilization, including baby pacifiers.
Are all sterilizations methods the same?
Not all the same sterilizer. There are three main types of baby bottle sterilizer and dryer, which uses cold water (cold water), electrical and microwave steam sterilizer. Every tool has advantages and disadvantages, to know the type where it is more helpful. But one thing in common is that all bottles must be washed prior to sterilization.
Cold water sterilizer
This tool uses sterilizing solution or tablets to kill bacteria. On the positive side of this tool does not require great energy and can practically carry while traveling. But generally, takes a long time which is about half an hour and return all equipment must be washed with boiling water to remove chemicals from the sterilization solution.
Electric steam sterilization
This technique more quickly and easily is done by using steam to kill bacteria, which is only about 6-8 minutes per cycle. The advantage does not require rinsing again afterward and has a large capacity. But the tool is not portable because it requires electricity, must be frequently cleaned and usually have a fairly expensive price.
This tool also used steam to wipe the bacteria, but the price is cheaper. Regarding the time it takes depends on how much power microwave owned. But generally the capacity is not too big and it can not sterilize equipment and utensils such as metal spoons or bowl.
Sterilization for travel
The size of this sterilizer is smaller and usually not more than two bottles. Generally, use cold water sterilization techniques that do allow sterilization without the electricity.
How long do sterilized with boiling water?
If there is no sterilizer, can be a way to boil in boiling water. Make sure the bottle of milk is not destroyed by boiling water, then insert the bottle in a pan of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. After that immediately lift and drain the bottle and then store the bottles that had been cleaned in a clean and dry.
How long should mothers use a sterilizer?
The experts recommend that these tools be used until baby is 1 year old. After 1-year babies typically have a stronger immune system to fight infection. In addition, at the age of 1 year and over, the baby began to be taught to drink the glass and train motoric movements.