Is accidental consumption of 4-week-old fruit juice a cause for concern?
I do not think that you have a cause to worry about
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.
Let me assure you that since it is a pre-packaged item, external source of infection is very unlikely to creep in. Unless contaminated right from the begining, I doubt if the child will get any problems and it is very unlikely that the apple juice was a contaminated one. So, in a nutshell, I do not think you need to worry.
The symptoms to look for, would be:
* Passage of loose stools
Unless the child is lethargic, you need not worry as the other symptoms can be controlled by giving ORS (oral rehydration solution). In case the child becomes lethargic, you would have to rush the child to a doctor without delay.
Hope that helps.
Dr. Diptanshu Das
The juice was in an opened bottle in the refrigerator. I realized it was almost 4 weeks old. It did not look or smell bad.
How soon would symptoms begin if there was a problem? This happened about 12 hours ago.
If symptoms were to arise, they should have already arisen by now
Thanks for asking back. I understand your concerns. If symptoms were to arise, they should have already arisen by now. In case of contamination, the bacteria should have already grown and so it should not have taken more than 12 hours as. So, once again, I would insist you to stay relaxed. In case the symptoms arise, do as mentioned.
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