FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – With the recent recall and subsequent baby food shortage in the US, parents are feeling the pressure.
“It’s almost impossible to find, so I’d say mostly just nervous.” said Melissa Osland, a mother in Moorhead.
Substitute recipes are popping up on social media and health officials say they pose a risk to children’s safety and well-being.
“These prescriptions circulating are really making me nervous,” said Stephanie Hanson, a pediatrician at Sanford Health. “If they get the wrong food, they can have problems with brain damage, with seizures, with kidney damage. It can be really risky to use those kinds of homemade recipes.”
Some of these recipes are from the 1960s and include boiling water. Other substitutes use goat’s milk and corn syrup. Hanson said parents should avoid these because babies have specific needs. Hanson also recommends not diluting the baby food to try and make it last longer.
“That can cause a nutrient imbalance and it can cause brain damage and seizures.” said Hanson.
Since the shelves are barren when it comes to baby food, this puts a lot of pressure on parents across the country. Osland sometimes enlists the help of others through social media to feed her son.
“It gives him enough food for two more days so I’ll take what I can get and help other moms if I hopefully have some left.” said Osland.
Hanson of Sanford Health also recommends people not hoard baby food as the nation continues to struggle with the shortages.
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