Toddler Dies After Consuming Expired Chocolate; Symptoms Of Food Poisoning

A toddler died after she consumed chocolates purchased from a grocery store in Patiala. According to news reports, an investigation by the police and health department revealed that the chocolates had expired. Read on to know all about food poisoning and its life-threatening effects.
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The toddler’s family has said she began bleeding from her mouth immediately after consuming a bite of the chocolate

A one-and-a-half-year-old girl died after she consumed chocolates purchased from a grocery store in Patiala. According to news reports, an investigation by the police and health department revealed that the chocolates had expired.
The toddler’s family has said she began bleeding from her mouth immediately after consuming a bite of the chocolate and was then admitted to the Christian Medical College as her condition deteriorated.
Medical tests on the girl confirmed that she fell ill after eating a poisonous substance. Her family complained to the authorities.
After that, a team of health officials rushed to the grocery store along with the complainant and collected the samples. The health department confirmed that the shop sold expired eatables. Other expired snacks were also seized from the shop.

Is food poisoning life-threatening?

According to doctors, food poisoning usually is not life-threatening and can be uncomfortable, but most people recover completely within a few days even without treatment.
Foodborne illness, more commonly referred to as food poisoning, is the result of eating contaminated, spoiled, or toxic food. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
If you have food poisoning, chances are it will not go undetected. According to doctors, signs and symptoms can vary depending on the source of the infection.
Common cases of food poisoning will typically include a few of the following symptoms:
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrohea that lasts more than three days
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe dehydration, which includes dry mouth, passing little to no urine
  • Bloody urine
  • Fever that lasts for more than three days
  • Weakness
  • Headache

What causes food poisoning?

Most food poisoning can be traced to one of three major causes
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Viruses
These pathogens are always found in almost all of the food humans eat. However, heat from cooking usually kills pathogens on food before it reaches our plate. Foods eaten raw are common sources of food poisoning because they don’t go through the cooking process.
Occasionally, food will come in contact with the organisms in fecal matter or vomit.

Food poisoning treatments

Food poisoning can usually be treated at home, in a few simple ways:

Stay hydrated

If you have food poisoning, it’s crucial to remain properly hydrated. Sports drinks high in electrolytes can be super helpful.
Doctors avoid drinking caffeine, which can irritate the digestive tract. Decaffeinated teas with soothing herbs such as chamomile, peppermint, and dandelion help calm an upset stomach.

Take over-the-counter (OTC) medications

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can help you manage diarrhea and suppress nausea.
However, you should check with a doctor before using these medications, as the body uses vomiting and diarrhoea to rid the system of the toxin.
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