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Baby given gluten-free diet dies weighing just 9lbs in Belgium


Baby given gluten-free diet dies weighing just 9lbs in Belgium
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A seven-month-old baby died weighing just 9lbs after his parents fed him an alternative gluten-free diet. The mother and father, from Beveren in Belgium, ran a natural food store in their town and insisted on putting their son Lucas on an alternative diet which included quinoa milk, despite doctors describing it as unsuitable.Nanny âlost temper and shook 10-month-old baby to deathâHis diet led to him being less than half the expected weight for a boy his age.Just before he died, on June 6, 2014, Lucas weighed only 9.47lbs.An autopsy showed his stomach was totally empty and despite the baby gasping for air in the days leading to his death, the parents never thought to seek medical attention. A prayer card was also found in his nappy.Lucas’s parents put the baby on an alternative gluten-free diet which included quinoa milk (Picture: Rex)Yesterday, the trial against the parents started, with public prosecutors blaming them for their son’s death after they gave their baby the wrong food and compiled their own diet.

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