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
By Daily Mail Reporter
14:56 EST, 27 August 2012 | UPDATED:
17:38 EST, 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 coffee.
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 cardiovascular problems.
Its authors warned: 'Energy drinks are never appropriate for children or adolescents. In general, caffeine-containing beverages, including soda, should be avoided.'
Child nutrition expertMelissa Halas-Liang
told MailOnline that the first six months of life should be exclusively breast milk or formula.
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.
'It 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.
She 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 sugary donuts.
She has also admitted that she is obsessed with 'couponing', calling it 'better than sex'.