Children grow very quickly in their first few months of life: on the average, at one year of age, a baby's birth weight will have tripled, its length will have increased by 50%, and the weight of its brain will have increased from 350g to over one kilo. Infants are therefore especially dependent on adequate nourishment to cover their nutritional requirements and to ensure proper growth and development. In addition, children under one year of age are particularly vulnerable to infections because their immune system is not yet entirely capable of providing them with proper defence. Therefore, to avoid microbial contamination, certain foods are to be avoided, and precautions should be taken in the preparation, handling and storage of baby bottles. Find out more about the Agency's work regarding issues surrounding infant nutrition.
ANSES emphasises the risks linked to feeding infants beverages other than breast milk and breast milk substitutes
Following reports of several cases of serious disorders in very young children who were partially or fully fed drinks other than breast milk or breast milk substitutes, ANSES issued a formal internal request to assess the risks of these products in infant nutrition from birth to one year of age. The expert assessment conducted by the Agency shows that these commonly-consumed beverages do not fully cover the specific nutritional requirements ...
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Infant botulism is a rare disease, occurring in children under one year of age. Resistant forms (spores) of the bacteria responsible for this disease (Clostridium botulinum) can be found in dust and some soils. Carried by bees, the spores can then be found in honey. As a result of increased cases of infant botulism since 2004, the Agency emphasises that, irrespective of its origin, honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age.
Further to several serious cases reported in infants below one year of age who were fed partially or exclusively with plant-based beverages presented as "plant milks" (soy, rice, almond, chestnut, quinoa, etc.) or milks of animal origin (goat, donkey, mare, etc.), ANSES launched a formal internal request. Analysis of the nutritional composition of these products shows that they are not suitable for the needs of infants. The Agency reiterates that breast milk is the most suitable food for infants. In the absence of breast-feeding or as a supplement for breast-feeding, only infant formulas or follow-on formulas approved in health regulations cover the nutritional needs of infants.
The conditions for preparing, handling and storing infant feeding bottles are essential to ensuring a healthy infant. They help prevent microbial contamination that can cause serious infections, particularly in premature or low-weight infants.
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