The Telegraph reports that doctors and researchers in Spain are warning new parents to keep babies on regular milk after an 11-month-old caught scurvy. The disease, which has been considered dead in most countries for centuries, occurred after the baby was put on an almond milk diet to counteract a skin rash.
And while the mixture was approved and deemed nutritious for infants, a new study has shown that the mixture didn't have enough vitamin C, leading to the rare illness.
"When plant-based beverages are the exclusive diet in the first year of life and not consumed as a supplement to formula or breastfeeding, it can result in severe nutritional problems," said Dr. Isidro Vitoria, the lead author of the report published in Pediatrics.
Epoch Times reports that after vitamin C replacement therapy at 300 milligrams a day the baby has returned to normal and is thriving.
"Over the following 3 months, his general condition, the pain in the legs, and the radiologic features improved; the plasmatic vitamin C level was normalized; and the child started walking," said Vitoria.
But that doesn't mean that the companies who make the beverage are off the hook.
"In summary, this case demonstrates that scurvy is a new and severe complication of improper use of almond drinks in the first year of life. Manufacturers should indicate that these beverages are inappropriate for infants who consume a vitamin Cdeficient diet."