Children aged two, more likely to get sick contaminated food

Children aged under two years are at an increased risk of contracting gastrointestinal infections. According to a study, they are more likely to contract foodborne illnesses because their immune systems are still developing.
Date Posted: Jun 22, 2016

Children aged under two years are at an increased risk of contracting gastrointestinal infections. According to a study conducted by Medic8, they are more likely to contract foodborne illnesses because their immune systems are still developing.

“‘Pag mababa ang resistensya mo, wala ka siyempreng panlaban…’yung antibodies mo,” Dr. Maria Auxilla Siringan, a microbiologist, said, explaining that children produce less infection-fighting cells, making it easier for them to get sick.

Common bacterial diseases that affect the intestinal tract are Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacter, Rotavirus, Norovirus and Listeria.

These germs could also transfer from food to common kitchen items through cross-contamination. That's why Siringan says it is important to keep the kitchen clean.

"Dapat malinis 'yung kitchen natin [at dapat] mapatay 'yung daga, ipis at langaw [dahil] puwede silang magpasa-pasa ng mikrobyo kung saan-saan. [Dapat rin] hindi tayo mag-iwan ng pinagkainan sa ating lababo kasi puwedeng dumami ang mga mikrobyo," Siringan said.

Microbiologist Dr. Marian De Leon, meanwhile, recommends using an antibacterial dishwashing soap in cleaning.

“Malaking bagay ang paggamit ng antibacterial soap [kasi] nakakatulong talaga s’ya sa pagbaba ng dami ng mikrobyo. Kasabay din no’n ‘yung paggamit ng tama doon sa ating mga sponges,” De Leon said.

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