The South Plains Food Bank provides 18 thousand meals a week to those less fortunate across the South Plains. This is important…especially during the holidays, when the budget is tight for most people. It makes sense to find creative ways to stretch a meal. But you can't do that when it comes to babies.
Dr. Richard Lampe, Chairman of Pediatric at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, says it's a big concern when parents add water to baby formula to make it go farther. "That can cause excessive sleepiness in the baby or excessive irritability or even seizures because of the electrolyte problem. Then, of course, it's not enough calories so in a week or two, the babies won't gain any weight. Then they'll start losing weight, and it may also cause diarrhea as well."
By the way, baby formula is a welcome donation to the food bank because so many families need a lot of that. The food bank will only accept baby formula in the powder form.
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