Vegan and vegetarian life are very useful, and you will gain a lot of benefits, but not everyone can do that.
One family had taken away their 14 months child after he came back from hospital. It was given a strict vegan diet.
The 14 month old boy was brought to a hospital in Milan by his grandparents. The doctors were shocked because the boy had a weight like a 3 months baby.
The tests and its results showed that the body has calcium lack; basically the level of calcium was at the minimum to survive.
After all the examinations were done, the doctors found that the child was suffering from heard diseases which requires immediately surgery.
Doctors think that the heart condition is caused by the lack of calcium.
As a result, the parents have lost their custodial rights to their son. He is in the care of the hospital while courts determine if his grandparents will gain custody, according to The Telegraph.
Vegan life can be perfectly healthy, but if you are doing it right, but obviously the child’s parents didn’t know that.
“It’s not a problem if parents want to raise their children using alternative or even unusual diets,” head pediatrician Luca Bernardo at the Milan hospital Fatebenefratelli explained.
“But care needs to be taken to make up for any nutritional shortfalls using supplements. For example, the one-year-old child we are treating should have been taking iron and calcium supplements.”
Bernardo goes on to comment on how diet needs to be considered in these cases.
“This forces us to reflect on uncommon feeding regimes, even if in this case it was complicated by a cardiac malformation.”
“It is not a problem to choose different or unusual kinds of nutrition and we certainly do not want to enter into a discussion of the merits of the decision. But since birth, the baby should have had support in this case with calcium and iron.”
The Telegraph has announced that this is not the first time that a child struggles with different serious problems because of the unawareness of their parents,
The Washington Post also details other cases where parents were convicted of manslaughter, murder, child neglect and cruelty to children all for failing to feed them properly.
Obviously a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is healthy and some would say healthier than a diet that includes meat and dairy, but babies and infants need certain supplements to aid with their muscle, bone and brain development.