Baby Formula Danger: Tampa Baby Almost Dies From Watered-Down Formula

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Tampa hospital is cautioning cash-strapped parents against watering down baby formula, after a 5-month-old almost died from the money-saving strategy.

La'Damian Barton was hospitalized last week after he had a seizure and stopped breathing. He's expected to be released Tuesday.

His mother, 23-year-old Jeri Moss, says 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

Doctors diagnosed him with water intoxication and malnourisnment. The technical college student says she couldn't afford to buy more.

Cindy Morris, an official with the Hillsborough County Health Department, says WIC isn't intended to cover all a child's nutritional needs.


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