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A mother feeds her toddler son live tadpoles in the belief based on Chinese folklore that doing so will bring her boy good health.

Mother feeds her toddler son a bowl of live tadpoles and claims the folk medicine can bring him \'good health\'
A young boy in china was told by his mother to eat live tadpoles for better health
Footage shows the unnamed mother feeding him a bowl of swimming tadpoles
But doctors warned the boy could suffer from serious tapeworm infection

A mother in China was caught on camera feeding her son a bowl of live tadpoles in a bid to bring him good health.

The video clip was widely shared on Chinese social media platforms as web users slammed the mother for lack of knowledge.

Chinese doctors said the boy could suffer from sparganosis - a rare tapeworm infection - from ingesting uncooked food.

According to The Paper, the video was posted online on April 1, showing the mother feeding her toddler son a bowl of seven live tadpoles.

\'Look at the little fish!\' said one of the relatives.

It remains unclear if the boy ate all the tadpoles.

The mother claimed she followed a folk medicine recipe that claimed eating tadpoles could bring \'good health\'.

According to traditional Chinese herbology, tadpoles can cure cysts and detoxify the body.

However, Dr Pei, a paediatric surgeon told the reporter that tadpoles have heavy infestation of parasites.

He warned that sparganosis could occur in humans who consume infected meat from frogs, snakes or other small mammals that have not been properly cooked.

Web users slammed the mother for not realising the potential risks of eating uncooked food.

\'bigman\' commented: \'Idiotic!\'

\'chunyuguiiyue\' suggested the government to set an examination to all new mothers on how to look after young children.

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