When a young girl started inexplicably experiencing stomach pain and diarrhea, her father decided he needed to investigate.
Craig Beresford wrote on Facebook about his 7-year-old daughter and the stomach problems she had been experiencing for about four weeks.
He suspected that his daughter’s drink bottle could have something to do with it because it was one constant throughout all of her stomach woes, though he says that they always make sure to keep the cup clean and sterilized.
When no other answers had been found, Beresford decided it was time to open up the cup and see for himself. He took a knife to his daughter’s Sistema Twist 'N' Sip reusable cup and looked inside. When he saw what was in there, he was horrified.
“Today, I took a sharp knife and broke the cap apart,” the father wrote. “It isn’t designed to be taken apart and requires a bit of force to disassemble. The internal components have been hoarding bacteria. We were horrified and heartbroken that our little girl had been using this bottle in this state.”
Beresford’s Facebook post has been shared over 690 times. Other parents have commented on his post, sharing their own pictures of their child’s Sistema bottles with bacteria gathering under the top.
The company responded to the ordeal by sharing a video demonstrating how to properly clean each of their products.
Read Beresford's full post below.
Just a note to anyone using a Sistema Twist 'N' Sip reusable drinks bottle, either themselves, or by your children.
The cap is not a user serviceable part. Although we have been absolutely meticulous cleaning the bottle and cap every day, including dispersible sterilising tablets, the cap has been making our 7 year old daughter poorly.
We haven't been able to work out why she has had an upset stomach, and occasional runs for what seems around four weeks, until I figured it might be the Sistema bottle. It's the only constant item she has had contact with the whole time.
Today, I took a sharp knife and broke the cap apart. It isn't designed to be taken apart and requires a bit of force to disassemble. The internal components have been hoarding bacteria. We were horrified and heartbroken that out little girl had been using this bottle in this state.
Anyone that knows me, will be fully aware how OCD I am about keeping things clean. This bottle and cap has been rinsed in boiling water and sterilised every day.
A friend of mine told me a story of a thermos flask with a pop-up lid he had that kept making him sick, which directed me to investigate the cap in this Sistema bottle.
It's probably wise that you inspect any of these type of bottles with a mechanised cap. Not just Sistema brands, but anything that pops-up or twists.