Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.
Cronobacter are bacteria that can live in dry places. The bacteria are usually found in powdered baby formula, powdered milk, and herbal teas. An infection can be serious if you have a weak immune system, such as from HIV or cancer. Older adults may also develop a serious infection. An infection can cause inflammation around the brain, blood poisoning, or an intestine infection.
Call your doctor if:
- You have new or worsening signs or symptoms.
- Your signs or symptoms do not get better with treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Antibiotics are given to treat a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Prevent a Cronobacter infection:
- Wash your hands often. Wash your hands several times each day. Wash after you use the bathroom, change a child's diaper, and before you prepare or eat food. Use soap and water every time. Rub your soapy hands together, lacing your fingers. Wash the front and back of your hands, and in between your fingers. Use the fingers of one hand to scrub under the fingernails of the other hand. Wash for at least 20 seconds. Rinse with warm, running water for several seconds. Then dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel. Use hand sanitizer that contains alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Use hot water to make tea or powdered milk. Most herbal teas and powdered milk products are safe. You can help protect yourself more by mixing leaf tea or powdered milk with water that is hot enough to kill bacteria (158°F or 70°C). Boil the water in a separate container. Do not put a thermometer into the water, because it may have bacteria on it.
Follow up with your doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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