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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The economy has more financially strapped parents looking for ways to stretch money. Some parents are diluting their baby's formula to make it last longer, but it can put your infant at risk.
This danger was highlighted after a five-month old in Tampa suffered a seizure and stopped breathing. And health officials here say this can easily happen in Southwest Georgia because of the high poverty rate.
It's a formula for danger. "Babies don't grow as well, and they have weight gain issues," said Pediatrician, Dr. Stacy Evans. But in this tough economy some parents feel they have no choice. "The more worrisome thing is causing an imbalance in the salts of their infant's bloodstream."
Watering down baby formula dilutes the calories, minerals, and vitamins that an infant needs to be healthy.
"When that happens you can have something like a seizure because their salt content gets so low, and they are getting to much free-water," said Dr. Evans. "If you are having trouble there are WIC programs."
The Women, Infants, and Children program helps pay for the nutritional needs for pregnant woman to parents with children up to 5 years old. But the program only pays for up to 70-percent of babies' nutritional needs. "Try to save money in other areas instead from your child," said Dr. Evans.
Complications from watered-down formula run higher the younger the infant.
"Across the board it's a bad idea, but the younger the child the more likely the problems they will have with electrolytes and all the imbalances in their blood which can cause significant problems," said Dr. Evans.
Significant problems that will cost parents a lot more than the dollars they may save from watering-down formula.
Doctors say that not adding enough water to baby formula is also dangerous. Children can suffer from symptoms of too much sodium or higher than normal potassium levels. You can click here to find out how to apply for WIC.