A Tampa mom trying to make her government provided baby formula stretch diluted the infant’s formula with extra water. The extra water was more than the infant could handle and that caused him to be hospitalized after having a seizure.
On Tuesday, 5-month-old La’Damian Barton had a seizure and stopped breathing as his mother wheeled him to a grocery store. Moss performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the infant still wasn’t breathing when he arrived at University Community Hospital.
After two days on a ventilator, the baby is improving and is expected to be released in a day or two. He was diagnosed with water intoxication and malnourishment. He weighs 8 pounds, 6 ounces and should be nearly 12 pounds.
That really is a scary and hopefully others will learn not do the same to their baby’s formula. The mom in this story said she also did the same thing with her older child’s formula and he had showed outwardly ill effects. I am sure there are many parents who do the same thing not knowing the hefty toll that it places on an infant’s body.
“This is a very serious situation, especially in thin economic times,” said James Orlowski, chief of pediatric medicine at University Community Hospital.
He said infants on formula or breast milk should receive no additional water until they are about 10 months old.