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“…improper use of almond beverage in the first year of life.”

When we hear scurvy we think of it primarily happening around the 18th century. Scurvy is a rare disease for developed countries. It can caused by a deficiency in vitamin C.  People can still become diagnosed with it; children, autistic, and those with restricted diet are most at risk.

A baby in Spain has developed scurvy after his mother only fed him almond milk. She had reportedly started feeding him almond milk after he seemed to be allergic to cow-based-milk formula.

Spanish doctors wrote that after he developed skin rashes, a doctor had suggested changing his diet. The 2-and-a-half months old baby boy was then switched to and almond-based prepared mixture, and was consuming 30 or more ounces of it per day.

The authors wrote that after turning six months old, his mother tried feeding him pureed fruits and veggie but to “no avail.”

The baby boy only seemed to progress and could “Sit without support at seven months, but one month later”…” showed less interest in interacting and was more unstable when sitting,” said The Washington Post on the author’s article.

Doctors then found that the baby boy’ vitamin C levels had been extremely low and had femur fractures in his legs.

The Journal Pediatrics described the situation and underscored the risks of restricting infants to plant-based only diets, reports the Washington Post on Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe de Valencia.

The case study authors write,

“This case presents scurvy as a new and severe complication of improper use of almond beverage in the first year of life.” They continue on by warning. “plant-based beverages are not a complete food” and pediatricians and parents should be aware of this when seeking alternatives to breast milk and traditional formula. – Reports The Washington Post

Article: The Washington Post