Dangerous Ways To Trim Your Budget

One mom almost lost her baby boy.

We aired a very scary story today from Florida about a mom who almost lost her infant son because of one way she was cutting costs.  Jeri Moss was watering down her 5-month-old son's baby formula.  She rushed little Ladarian to the hospital when he stopped breathing.  Doctors said, had Moss gotten there one hour later, Ladarian would have died.  The infant was diagnosed with water intoxication syndrome. 

Moss said she was trying to save the formula by stretching it out; she couldn't afford to buy more.  What seemed, to Moss, like a resourceful way to feed her child, nearly killed him.

If you want to watch the full story, go to /www.nbc13.com/vtm/news/local/article/baby_formula_nearly_drowns_infant/49209/.

This woman didn't have to tell her story to the news.  I'm glad she did, though, since it's very possible other parents or caregivers might come up with the same cost-cutting measure.

This close call begs the question: are there other ways people are trying to save money that could potentially be dangerous? 

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  • by nyscof Location: NY on Dec 5, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    The water is even more damaging if it contains fluoride. All infant formula, concentrated or not, must not be mixed with fluoridated water, according to the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control and the Academy of General Dentistry. This puts babies at high risk of developing dental fluorosis - yellow discolored teeth which is the body's outward warning that too much fluoride was ingested. Unseen is the damage fluoride ingestion causes to bones, thyroid and kidney function. Also, over 20 studies link even low level fluoride ingestion to lowered IQ http://www.FluorideAction.net/health Since fluoride is neither a nutrient nor required for healthy teeth, it must be avoided. Instead these poor children are being way overloaded. Fluoride should be removed from all water supplies immediately, If parents don't know that they shouldn't super-dilute infant formula, they certainly are unaware of the danger to their babies that fluoridated tap water delivers.
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