It was reported recently by the Miami Herald that a Florida mother, who watered down her infant’s formula to save money, almost watched the five-month-old die. As a result, hospital officials are now cautioning cash-strapped parents from trying something similar. La’Damian Barton was hospitalized at University Community Hospital in Tampa after he had a seizure and stopped breathing. Doctors diagnosed water intoxication and malnourishment in the infant. It was reported that the baby had low blood sodium, which is why he had a seizure. At 8 pounds, 6 ounces, the baby was severely underweight. The infant’s 23-year-old mother said she had no idea adding the extra water was dangerous. She was trying to stretch the allotment of baby formula cans she receives each month from the federal WIC program for low-income families. The mother, a technical college student, says she couldn’t afford to buy more formula. The baby will have to be monitored over the next few years. The child could suffer cerebral palsy, seizure disorder or mental retardation.

Source: Associated Press

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