Malnourished Baby Dies After Parents Fed Him This… Its Unbelievable Malnourished Baby Dies After Parents Fed Him This… Its Unbelievable
A seven-month-old baby weighing just over four kilograms has died following reports of what his parents fed him. The baby named Lucas was taken... Malnourished Baby Dies After Parents Fed Him This… Its Unbelievable

A seven-month-old baby weighing just over four kilograms has died following reports of what his parents fed him.

The baby named Lucas was taken to hospital in the Belgian city of Hasselt after a doctor urged his parents Peter S, 34, and Sandrina V, 30 to seek immediate help.

Both parents ran a natural food store and are said to have diagnosed their baby as gluten-intolerant as well as lactose intolerant.

This saw them feeding the baby a restricted diet, with quinoa milk said to be one of his main sources of nutrients.

The tragic death took place in 2014, with an autopsy revealing the baby’s stomach was empty amid reports Lucas had been gasping for breath in the days previously.

He weighed just over four kilos, with the Baby Center website citing a standard weight for a seven-month-old being 6.7 to 10.2 kilograms.

The trial against his parents starts this week, with Belgian prosecutors seeking an 18-month jail sentence.

The seven-month-old tragically passed away with reports it was malnourished due to his diet. Photo: Getty

Lawyer for the parents Karine Van Meirvenne claims her clients thought their son had an eating problem, according to the Daily Mail.

“Lucas had an eating disorder. He got cramps when he was fed with a bottle and his parents tried out alternatives,” said Karine.

“Oat milk, rice milk, buckwheat milk, semolina milk, quinoa milk. All products which they also sell in their store.”

The baby was fed quinoa milk, along with other non-dairy substitutes. Photo: Getty

However experts say these kinds of milk are ‘unsuitable’ for infants.

“These kinds of milk, which you can buy in a supermarket, do not contain the necessary proteins, minerals and vitamins,” Elisabeth De Greef from the University Hospital of Brussels told the Mail.

‘They are not adjusted to infants and thus unsuitable.’

It’s not the first reported case of malnutrition arising from parents feeding their children alternative diets.

Experts say some alternative milks are ‘unsuitable’ for babies. Photo: Getty

A 14-month-old baby in Italy was removed from his parents last year after a vegan diet left him weighing slightly more than a three-month-old.

A Pennsylvania woman was charged last October with endangering the welfare of a child after practicing extreme veganism, and feeding her baby only small amounts of nuts and berries.

In 2007, an Atlanta couple were convicted of murder after the death of their son after he was fed a diet of soy milk and apple juice.

 

Source: Be Lifestyle

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Mecca

    2017-05-17 #1 Author

    My condolences to the family rip little angel !

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  • Kadisha Oneal

    2017-05-17 #2 Author

    They should get more than 18 months, because if anybody smart enough they would of taken the baby to a doctor and seen what else they could do.

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  • Ciaira

    2017-05-17 #3 Author

    Very sad, some people should not be allowed children. 😥

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  • Jamie

    2017-05-17 #4 Author

    That is awful😢… why didn’t they just take the baby to the doctor? That would’ve been the correct thing to do .

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