Two-year-old Mia was taking up to five bottles a day until her mom and dad had to rush her to the emergency room, weak and lifeless and struggling to survive.
Mia was like any normal two-year-old with growing hunger. She loved to drink her milk and parents Anastacia and Mario Gencarelli noticed that she would easily drink between 4-6 containers a day within a 24-hour period.
Yet one morning when she woke up lazy and sleepy and unable to eat, her parents felt that something wasn’t normal and they headed to the hospital to later find their gorgeous little girl battling for her breath.
Both the couples found themselves “in tears” depressing about what was happening to their youngest girl before the doctors came back and gave their analysis and told Mario and Anastasia that Mia has a disease known as milk anemia.
“You have learned of not giving a baby too much water? Well, don’t give them too much milk either. Cow’s milk in excess will really strip your body of Iron – iron is what causes blood no iron no blood,” Anastacia wrote on Facebook.
“My poor little daughter not only had to deal with over 15 pokes for blood and IVs, but she also had a full blood transfusion to carry her levels up and had to undergo ultrasounds, X-rays and more. She is still not out of the woods, she is still not safe yet. She will require to be on iron for the foreseeable future, she will not be allowed more than 2 bottles or 8 oz portions of milk a day. She nearly lost her life,” she added.
Anastasia ended the post, appealing for parents to “trust their gut instincts” and know that “milk anemia” is a matter.