View Full Version : My Son Needs To Gain Weight Asap
11-25-2006, 11:01 PM
I am a new member here. I am new to raw and have greatly improved my intake, but I came to raw because of my son. He just turned four and I have had him on raw since the second week in October. He is 99% g-tube fed. Of course he lost weight at first and started a massive detox about three weeks ago on his face. When he was an infant he had a rare seizure disorder that is now considered "resolved" but he had to take some serious meds that I believe now are being detoxed via eczema on his face. Besides looking horrible right now, he is awful skinny. Obviously, he has the g-tube because he wouldn't eat. The first eight months on the tube he was fed all pediasure. I didn't know I could make his food. Then I looked online and found out parents were blenderizing food for their g-tube kids. So we did that. We thougth we were going the healthy route. One cup of veggies, one cup of fruit, three cups of raw goat milk, three cups of cooked grains, 4-5 TBs of meat. He gained weight and was a lot healthier. On Pediasure he threw up all of the time. So we were happy with this new diet. That was about two and half years ago. He did ok with weight gain, except when he would get sick and then we went a few steps back. So anyway, in the present, he is 100% raw and we thought he was looking good and much more alert. ( He also has CP and a vision disorder. He does not walk, talk, crawl, etc. ) But now with the weight loss, folks are asking questions. I was told that it takes one month of eating raw food for each year you weren't eating raw to completely detox. Don't know if that is true or not, but we decided to give hime four months, that would be the end of January. But I am scared. Last documented weight he had lost four pounds that is over 10% of his body weight. I have been feeding him lots of avocadoes, max of 3 tbs oil per day, lots of nuts and raisins. Any help and prayer would me much appreciated. We have an appointment with a dietician during his feeding clinic the 19th of december. I would love advice. I saw that Thor has some protein powder. Don't know if that would help. Thank you in advance for your words of wisdom. :)
11-25-2006, 11:14 PM
I'm sorry to learn of your son's challenges and will say a prayer for him.
I'd say to add some green smoothies to get his greens in as well as bananas blended too.
Also, I wanted to ask you if aside from the weight issue, is he getting healthier overall? I'd say if his health is steadily increasing but the weight is the only issue and you are well aware that he probably will go through a season of losing some weight before his body rebuilds it, to try and not concern yourself too much with what people are asking/thinking unless they are somehow capable of determining things for your son and taking your power away.
11-25-2006, 11:24 PM
Thank you so much for responding. Yes, we thought he seemed healthier until the last ten days or so. That rash/eczema just makes him look awful. He doesn't seem to have the energy he had the first few weeks on raw. I would say he has been on raw seven to eight weeks now. He get greens with every tube smoothie too. forgot to mention that and one banana a day. He seems kind of puny right now. I don't know if his body is tired from the eczema or if he is really lacking something. I make up a blenderful of three avocadoes, two cups of raw goats milk, oil, hemp protein powder, and greens. That will do 2-3 feedings. The other smoothie each day consists of greens, banana, oil, nuts, raisins, and at least one more fruit, and goats milk. that makes 2-3 also. Our goal is 5 feedings a day. If the day gets out of our hands he only gets three. The main positive we have noticed is he is WAY more interested in eating orally. Sorry for the long reply just wanted to give you all more info that i forgot in orginal post. Thanks :)
11-25-2006, 11:49 PM
I know how you feel...my daughter used to have severe eczema (I WISH I could find those before and after photos). But it does sound like he may be detoxing "something" out of his skin be it medications he's on, former foods he used to eat or something.
I don't know much about raw goats milk, but I do know dairy (cow's) was a culprit in my daughter's eczema in addition to sugar and cooked grains. I'm wondering if possibly eliminating that for a short period would yield any positive results as far as his skin goes. But you can try rosehip seed oil and/or neem oil (it's smelly, but supposed to be great for rashes, etc.)
As for weight, just keep monitoring him and really getting those green smoothies in! Please keep us posted as to his progress and what the dietician says (though we can kinda project what that may be!) and most all, if you are a praying family, PRAY and TRUST!
11-28-2006, 09:59 AM
You might want to consider doing a consulation with Dr Tosca Haag, a raw MD that specializes in children's diets. Here is her website: http://www.roylretreat.com/thaag.html
All the best,
11-28-2006, 11:33 AM
Thank you for the advice. I will save up for a consultation. It would be nice to talk to someone who understands the raw diet and agrees with it. I am truly scared about the coming meeting. I know I am a good mom and I have always searched for ways to improve my son's health which has been fragile at times. I know people, including doctors would understand that, but the fear of having someone take my child away scares the ****ens out of me. I even had that fear before putting kade paul on raw food. His issue of weight has been "weighing" on us for over two and half years. I don't want to make him unhealthy just so he can gain weight to please the docs. I want him HEALTHY period, but I would love to not see his bones :). Anyway, thank you for the link. I really appreciate any help I can get.
11-28-2006, 02:38 PM
Time may be of the essence so may consider calling her now for consultation regardless of the money factor as she may give you a special favor for your challenge here and if/when you can pay per your agreemebt, do carry that out so others can also be blessed that need her services vs. using her for no pay. I know this works as I used it in desperation for chrio care and paid it all back.
Sorry to hear of your son's challenges.
My friend just wrote me and I believe the fundraiser she is putting the word out for is her "grandbaby" that is due in Feb. that needs a heart transplant. The mother is unwed so I can't imagine why the state would not help her out totally with this need for a newborn's life. I just heard about it today.
Oh, thanks for great raw doctor link. Can you start a topic for others to know of this chilove as others may have questions for you. Thanks for the blessing in sharing.
11-28-2006, 08:24 PM
bananas are great to eat, easy to digest for little kids/babies, and are full of nutriance. they are tasty, and helpmin weight gain I've heard
11-28-2006, 08:53 PM
I ditto the banana suggestion.
When I was in the military, young boys/ men were always eating extra bananas to get there weight up, just so they could meet the requirements to get in.
Continue the avocados too, good natural fat choice.
Light and love to you and yours always.
11-28-2006, 09:14 PM
Please also do make sure you are feeding enough. Weight loss is not always a sign of 'detox' it can also be simply due to not eating enough. For a child I would think extreme weight loss would not necessarily be good. It all depends on body fat levels though I guess. I'm not expert. I just feel that sometimes weight loss is put on detox, when people sometimes just need to eat more.
Thinking of you,
12-15-2006, 01:49 AM
I am really new to this forum and am just learning about eating a raw diet so I am not sure if this will be much help. My son was a skinny wee one. He was 10th percentile for weight. He's been putting on a lot more weight since I started adding more fats to his diet. I mix Oat Milk (my kids prefer Oat Milk) with Coconut Milk as one of the ways to help put weight on him. Coconut Milk is pretty high in fat. Is coconut milk something you could add to his diet? I thought I read of a way to make your own raw coconut milk somewhere too.
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