Beetroots Easily Cause Poisoning For Children
Many moms often use beetroot juice for their babies because they think beetroot juice is good for blood. This is very dangerous, especially for children under 4 to 5 months of age, because it can cause poisoning. Severe cases can lead to rapid death if not treated promptly.
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2 Children's Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City recently received a child with signs of apnea due to respiratory failure, the whole body dark purple. It took more than two days of active emergency, doctors were lucky to save patients
Her mother said that listening to people gossip that red beetroot will eat blood, so when she saw the baby was pale, she bought it and cooked it into water, then took water to make milk for her child.
Thinking that eating a lot of beets will "heal", after the cut off of his hand lost a lot of blood, Ms. U. in Long An also forced her 1-year-old son to eat a lot of boiled beets and drink beetroot juice. As a result, after 4 days of eating enough dishes made from beetroot, her child H. had to go to Children's Hospital 1 in a state of cyanosis, arrhythmia. According to the diagnosis of doctors, the cause of the baby was beetroot poisoning
Why beets cause poisoning?
Beetroot is a root vegetable that is very high in nitrates and nitrites.
Children under 6 months old have a number of different physiological characteristics than older children and adults, in which the metabolism of substances, especially toxins, is not complete.
If children under 6 months of age breastfeed with beetroot water, they will drink large amounts of nitrate and nitrite. Nitrate alone will also be transformed by bacteria in the digestive tract into nitrite plus available nitrite dispersed throughout the child's blood.
Nitrite oxidizes the hemoglobin contained in red blood cells (hemoglobin or hemoglobin is the substance that makes red blood cells red), turning hemoglobin into methemoglobin.
Because methemoglobin is unable to perform the fixed task and transports oxygen or carbon dioxide like hemoglobin, children with nitrite poisoning, although they still have enough air to breathe normally, will have difficulty breathing, cyanosis and respiratory failure.
With older children and adults, the body has the ability to metabolize, detoxify better, will reduce methemoglobin and turn back into hemoglobin, while children under 6 months of age, the detoxification is very slow and much more difficult.
To ensure health, prevent poisoning for children, parents should pay attention, absolutely not let children under 6 months of age eat, drink beetroot juice..
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