BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Although many think that only sailors came down with scurvy and that the disease is long gone, it would seem that a recent case in Spain proved them wrong. A baby fed with almond milk formula develops scurvy, suffering from massive bone degeneration.
In his first months of like, the baby requires a balanced diet, one that provides all the nutrients he needs in order to have a healthy growth. Usually medical specialists recommend young mothers to breastfeed their infants for as long as they can. Among other things, breast milk contains a couple of substances which boosts the baby’s immune systems.
However, there are some rare instances when infants need more than breast milk. Such was the case of a 3-month old tyke from Spain. The baby boy was previously fed a cow milk formula, but the doctors decided to cease the cow milk diet after the boy developed a skin condition.
After diagnosing the little boy, his doctor decided to switch his cow milk based formula to an almond milk based formula. Moreover, the doctor added other ingredients to the boy’s diet such as cereals, almond flour and sesame powder.
Seeing that the new diet yielded results, his mother decided to keep the baby on this new diet. After a few months, the baby’s mother saw that the boy’s condition was taking a turn for the worse. The boy had weak bones and multiple fractures. Later on, the doctors discovered that the baby boy suffered from scurvy, an 18th-century disease, very popular among pirates and sailor.
The boy developed this condition due to the fact that his diet had little to no Vitamin C. And, according to the boy’s mother, if anyone attempted to move the boy, he would start out crying immediately.
After the boy was diagnosed with scurvy, his doctors immediately decided to change his diet. Now the tyke’s diet includes Vitamin C and D supplements, cow milk formula, lean meat, fruits and vegetables.
And with the tyke’s change of diet comes a warning from the doctors. Most of them agree that there are some cases which require a plant based diet. However, doctors and mothers alike should tread carefully when feeding their children with such formulas. Soy milk, almond milk or rice are great alternatives to traditional cow milk or mother’s milk, but not for an extended period of time.
A baby fed with almond milk develops scurvy, after his mother he was on an 8-month plant-based diet, which lacked Vitamin C.