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In Italy this month, vegan parents lost custody of their baby after he almost died from malnutrition.

According to The Local in Italy, the 14-month old baby was taken to hospital in Milan by his grandparents, where doctors discovered he weighed only slightly more than a typical 3-month-old. Allegedly, the baby's parents had kept him on a vegan diet without dietary supplements. As a result, he was severely malnourished and suffering from dangerously low calcium levels. Worse, he had to undergo an emergency operation for a congenital heart condition that had been exacerbated by his vitamin deficiencies.

Veganism, like many things (speaking in full sentences, driving a car, having a martini at the end of a long day), is fine for (most) adults, but not necessarily for babies. In fact, veganism, which typically involves eliminating all animal products—including eggs, dairy, and meat—could be dangerous for humans in their earliest phase of life.

Sources: Guardian | Washington Post