Old Milk???

Updated on June 16, 2010
A.C. asks from Atlanta, GA
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My son just grabbed his sippy cup of milk from last night, which somehow was left out on the counter. The milk has now been out of the fridge for about 20-22 hours! He didn't drink much, but he did drink some. Is there anything I need to do? I'm worried that this could make him very sick!

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Thank you to everyone for your reassuring words! It's now been over 12 hours with no real affects, so hopefully we escaped unscathed. And it makes me feel better that other moms have left out (or found left out) old milk and formula, and life keeps going. ^_^

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D.M.

answers from Detroit on

It's not likely to make him sick. I've accidently drunk spoiled milk and the taste was the worst thing to happen.

Maybe just have him drink lots of water to dilute it. He'll be fine.

Good luck. D.

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B.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

If you opened the cup and the milk didn't smell or look bad then its ok. Remember, before the 20th century, milk was never put in a refigerator.

Also, cheese is nothing than spoiled milk, as is cottage cheese, yogurt, and any semi solid or solid milk product.

Godd luck and don't worry.

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D.M.

answers from Detroit on

It's not likely to make him sick. I've accidently drunk spoiled milk and the taste was the worst thing to happen.

Maybe just have him drink lots of water to dilute it. He'll be fine.

Good luck. D.

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T.M.

answers from Chicago on

My son has done the same thing and he was fine. Hopefully your son will be fine too! It is probably a good idea to make sure he stays well hydrated, but other than that I don't think there is anything you go can do.

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R.A.

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My son has done that as well and has been fine. I just gave him water right after.

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L.M.

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I wouldn't worry. If anything, he'll probably just upset his stomach a bit and he may have some diarhea. IF that happens it should clear up within 24 hours.

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M.B.

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He'll probably be fine. If anything, he may get a little upset tummy or diarrhea. My son drank an entire bottle of formula that had been in my diaper bag for 2 days (the babysitter gave it to him- I had forgotten it was there), and he was fine.

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L.M.

answers from Terre Haute on

My twins were masters at hiding their sippie cups when they were babies, I would search the house for them with no luck, but they would find them again weeks later and try them. Yes, that nasty watery stuff around the curdled milk inside I am sure had to taste lovely (not). They never even got an upset stomach out of it. I am sure your son will be fine. Obviously, if he gets diareah or vomiting, you have an idea why, more than likely it would last a day, but if you are uncomfortable with it, that is what we pay our pediatricians for. Call and ask the nurse if you should be concerned and what to look for.

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D.W.

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The only thing you can do is to keep an eye on him and watch for signs of food poisoning - vomiting, diarrhea, etc.

You can always call the pediatrician and let them know what happened and see what they recommend, but I honestly think they're going to say "wait and see".

In the meantime, you can make sure he's hydrated well and give him foods not likely to upset his stomach. If there's an issue, you'll likely know it pretty quickly.

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K.H.

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My son did the same thing not too long ago. The only issue I had with him is that he'd be hungry but everything he ate came right back up. He couldn't keep anything down for 24 hours. BUT he also drank 3/4 a sippy cup of milk. I couldn't find it the night before when we went to bed and when I got out of the shower the next morning he had it completely drank. Not a great Mother's Day... but he was fine.

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S.H.

answers from Huntsville on

Nah, I don't think it will hurt him if he didn't have much. I think my daughter has done that before. Might get an upset tummy, but should be fine.

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S.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

It might upset his stomach, but it won't poison him or anything. Just watch him, he'll probably be just fine:)

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A.C.

answers from Cincinnati on

I'm sure he'll be just fine. That's happened to us a couple times with milk & juice. If he belly doesn't like it that much he'll throw it up to get rid of it & call it a day. LOL! I'm sure you have nothing to worry about.

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