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December 28, 2020
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
Food poisoning can be severe, but it can get just plain scary when children get it. Children can get dehydrated quickly due to the common symptoms of food poisoning, so they will need medical attention quickly.
If your child becomes ill after eating contaminated food, you will likely have significant medical bills and other losses. Don’t deal with the situation alone. Call OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers at (888) 828-0787 or use our online contact form to reach out for your case’s free consultation.
Listeria is a bacterium often found in contaminated food such as unpasteurized dairy products, fruits and vegetables, deli meats, and refrigerated smoked seafood.
Pregnant women, fetuses, newborns, and infants are at risk for Listeriosis becoming a severe issue. In fact, according to the CDC, it causes fetal loss in about 20% of cases. Newborn death occurs in about 3% of cases.
Common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, muscle aches, and fever. Antibiotics can treat it, but some cases of Listeriosis spread beyond the gut. About one in five people die from the condition if it spreads.
An E. coli infection is caused by bacteria often found in human and animal intestines. Common foods contaminated with E. coli include leafy greens, unpasteurized milk, apple cider, and soft cheeses. Children may come into contact with it at a daycare or restaurants.
While healthy children usually recover, it can lead to urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, and other severe complications. Common symptoms include stomach cramps, bloody stool, vomiting, and slight fever.
Cyclospora is a parasite that spreads through food and water that is contaminated with feces. This is common in unclean daycare situations and during travel.
Common symptoms include diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, body aches, headaches, and fever. These symptoms may last up to several months, and relapse can occur if not treated.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. It is often contracted through animals, including pets like turtles. This can be common for children who play with animals at school or at a petting zoo.
Salmonella can be treated with antibiotics, but without treatment, it can cause severe infections. Some types of Salmonella can even cause typhoid fever, which can be fatal. Salmonella can also lead to Reactive Arthritis, formerly known as Reiter’s Syndrome, which is a secondary inflammatory condition that can impact a victim for the rest of their lives.
If your child gets food poisoning or has symptoms of a severe bacterial infection that you think may be caused by the above-mentioned bacteria, you need to speak with a lawyer. OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers will evaluate your case and help you understand your options. Call today at (888) 828-0787 or use our online contact form.