Two Italian parents face criminal charges after their daughter was found to be suffering from malnutrition - and their vegan diet is being blamed.
A vegan diet contains only plants – such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits – and foods made from plants. Vegans don't eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.
When the unnamed couple brought in their two-year-old child, identified only as ‘Chiara,’ to a pediatric hospital in Genoa for a check-up, she was immediately transferred to intensive care due to her serious condition.
Doctors found the little one to be underweight and suffering from a number of complications, including low levels of hemoglobin, poor responsiveness and slow movements, as well as a B12 deficiency, according to The Local.
The child was also breastfed while mama was eating vegan.
“The lack of B12 causes irreversible neurological damage,” pediatrician Alberto Ferrando told La Repubblica. “If action is taken fast to rebalance the conditions, the more chance you have of recovering the health of the child. Unfortunately, the damage is much greater in the youngest."
The young girl was removed from intensive care after seven days and is said to be recovering.
Really, whether you're vegan or an omnivore, you should be conscious of feeding your children a balanced diet that gives