Many infants are exclusively fed unmodified goat's milk as a result of cultural beliefs as well as exposure to false online information. Anecdotal reports have described a host of morbidities associated with that practice, including severe electrolyte abnormalities, metabolic acidosis, megaloblastic anemia, allergic reactions including life-threatening anaphylactic shock, hemolytic uremic syndrome, and infections. We describe here an infant who was fed raw goat's milk and sustained intracranial infarctions in the setting of severe azotemia and hypernatremia, and we provide a comprehensive review of the consequences associated with this dangerous practice.
Fresh Goat's Milk for Infants: Myths and Realities—A Review
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.
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Sangita Basnet, Michael Schneider, Avihu Gazit, Gurpreet Mander, Allan Doctor; Fresh Goat's Milk for Infants: Myths and Realities—A Review. Pediatrics April 2010; 125 (4): e973–e977. 10.1542/peds.2009-1906
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