PICTURED: Honey Boo Boo's sister, 12, caught 'feeding Mountain Dew to ONE-MONTH-OLD baby niece'
Lauryn Thompson, aka Pumpkin, is seen apparently
dipping a pacifier into a can of the caffeinated drink, before allowing her 17-year-old sister Anna's newborn to suckle on it
Children who have too much caffeine are at raised risk of neurological and
cardiovascular problems, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics
22:38 GMT, 27 August 2012
Honey Boo Boo's family has sparked shock once again after the child reality star's sister appears to have been pictured feeding a one-month-old baby Mountain Dew.
New photographs show 12-year-old Lauryn Thompson, aka Pumpkin, apparently dipping a pacifier into a can of Mountain Dew, before allowing her newborn niece, Kaitlyn, to suckle on it.
Of course, the soft drink is highly caffeinated, and can be dangerous for children to consume, let alone babies.
Dangerous: 12-year-old Lauryn Thompson (in blue T-shirt), is seen dipping a pacifier into a can of Mountain Dew, before allowing the baby daughter of sister Anna 'Chickadee', 17, to suckle on it
The shocking images of the family, from
McIntyre, Georgia, the stars of Toddlers & Tiaras spin-off show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, were taken at the local Sparkle & Shine Pageant
this weekend, according to RadarOnline.com.
Baby Kaitlyn is the daughter of Anna 'Chickadee', 17, the eldest sister of Honey Boo Boo, six, whose real name is Alana.
Alana herself shot to fame early this year under similar controversial circumstances, after her mother, June Shannon, 30, was seen giving her a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull on an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras.
Ms Shannon, who was accused of 'doping' the child with high-sugar snacks and the caffeinated drink she called 'Go-Go- Juice', defended her actions saying: 'There are far worse things. I could be giving her alcohol.'
Guilty look: Pumpkin dips the pacifier into the can of caffeinated drink as her sister cradles the baby
Caffeine hit: Pumpkin then allows the tiny infant to taste the sugary energy drink
But child health experts voiced
their concern about the so-called 'Go-Go Juice', given that a single can
of Mountain Dew or Red Bull contains as much caffeine as a cup of
A report last year from the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that children who have too much caffeine are at raised risk of neurological and
authors warned: 'Energy drinks are never appropriate for children or
adolescents. In general, caffeine-containing beverages, including soda,
should be avoided.'
Child nutrition expert Melissa Halas-Liang told MailOnline that the first six months of life should be exclusively breast milk or
Discussing today's photographs featuring Pumpkin feeding baby Kaitlyn Mountain Dew, she commented: 'I hope that the media attention that the Thompson family
receives over this incident can be used as teaching opportunity for the
family on what constitutes good health and nutrition practices.
would be helpful for the family to ask questions about what and when
it's safe to introduce foods or liquids of any other kind outside of
breast milk or formula into their diet and the rationale behind it.'
Controversy: The parents of pageant star Honey Boo Boo (front) were accused of child abuse according to new reports. June (behind the youngster) and Mike (to the right) and her three sisters, are shown
The new photographs of Pumpkin and baby Kaitlyn have been made public less
than a week after reports that the young pageant queen's parents were
accused of child abuse.
The family was visited by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in March, according to The National Enquirer.
A source told the magazine that investigators were
called to the home as a result of Ms Shannon and Mike Thompson's unorthodox,
and highly-publicised, parenting methods which include feeding Alana
caffeinated drinks as well as roadkill for dinner.
They claim the authorities who made the unannounced
visit 'found reason to bring the case to court' but a 'court-appointed
attorney' for Ms Shannon convinced the judge
to 'throw it [the case] out'.
Go-Go Juice: Honey Boo Boo shot to fame early this year after her mother was seen giving her a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull on an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras
Crazy: Once she had consumed the Juice, she was seen spinning around on the floor, her energy heightened
Ms Shannon has stolen much of the
limelight away from her daughter in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which
attracted 2.2million viewers when it premiered on TLC on August 8.
During the debut episode, she was seen grinding up against a young man as her daughter played in a giant mud pit.
has also been filmed taking her family to the supermarket to help her
shop using discount coupons and taking Alana to their local food auction,
June's favourite weekly activity, in order to bid on what appeared to be
also admitted that she is obsessed with 'couponing', calling it 'better