Posted on Jan 21, 2009 | Comments 0
According to researchers, substances that are used in liquid medicines are quite harmful for premature babies.
The study led by Dr Hitesh Pandya, Senior Lecturer in Child Health in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester and Consultant Pediatrician at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, exposed that certain chemicals used for prolonging shell life, easy absorption and improving the taste of medicines for children are potentially harmful for infants.
Chemicals that are commonly used in liquid medicines and potentially raise health risk for children include sorbitol, ethanol and a coloring agent named Ponceaau 4R.
According to the study, when premature babies are exposed to these particular chemicals in medicines, they can potentially cause serious health problems for small babies.
The study also revealed that the amounts of these particular harmful chemicals to which small babies are exposed is almost equivalent to almost three pints of beer per week.
The study implies a worldwide problem and it also reveals that the collection of medicines given to premature babies may ultimately lead to either short term or long term deadly effects.
But the study failed to find proper evidence on the exact cause and effect of these particular chemicals on babiesâ€™ health and also the medical problems that are treated with medicines that contain these particular chemicals.
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