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Environ Health Perspect. 2000 Jul;108(7):675-8.

Blue babies and nitrate-contaminated well water.

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Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Madison 53703-3044, USA. knobelm@dhfs.state.wi.us

Abstract

The use of nitrate-contaminated drinking water to prepare infant formula is a well-known risk factor for infant methemoglobinemia. Affected infants develop a peculiar blue-gray skin color and may become irritable or lethargic, depending on the severity of their condition. The condition can progress rapidly to cause coma and death if it is not recognized and treated appropriately. Two cases of blue baby syndrome were recently investigated. Both cases involved infants who became ill after being fed formula that was reconstituted with water from private wells. Water samples collected from these wells during the infants' illnesses contained nitrate-nitrogen concentrations of 22.9 and 27.4 mg/L.

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