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01-16-2006, 09:14 AM
I am writing this because I am concerned about our 2 year old son. He will be three on Feb 6th. He is very small for his age. He weighs 26 pounds. Now first let me say that my husband and I and both of our families are small. I am 5'1", my husband is 5'6". My mom is 4'10", my dad is 5'8". My husbands parents are 5' and 5'4" respectively. So as you can see we are not large stock. However the reason for my concern with my little guy (Levi) is because of how much he poops. (Sorry). I know that we want them to be eliminating properly but he poops upwards of 6 times a day and it is not just a little bit, it is blow out the diaper almost every single time. So my concern is that maybe he is not getting his nutrition because everything just goes right through him and that is why he is exceptionally small. He is not on an all raw diet but I want to get him (and all the other children as well) on one. My husband said I should stop feeding him apples and give him more binding fruit. What do you guys think? What would be more binding, bananas? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading this and for your responses!
01-16-2006, 10:03 AM
My son is 3 and weighs 28-29 lbs. But my kids even before raw were small.
As for the bm's...what does he eat on most given days? Give us an example of his diet (include both raw and non-raw foods please) and approx. how long would you say he's been having bm's like this? Is he eating a lot of flaxy stuff like crackers?
01-16-2006, 10:09 AM
This may not be of any help yet, my b-day is also Feb. 6 and I was also quite small (doubt if the two facts are related). Don't 'member about my bowel movements though. I didn't break 100 pounds until I was 22 and I was 5'6" at the time.
As Rawkinlocs asked, what are you feeding the lil guy?
01-16-2006, 11:53 AM
I would cut back on the apples and give him bananas. Apples really work to get the bowels moving and maybe in this case too well. Just try it and see if it helps.
01-16-2006, 11:56 AM
Thank you both for your responses!
Revell, that is funny about your birthdays! Probably not related but funny just the same.
Ok, in a typical day this is how he eats.
Breakfast is raw 99% of the time. Typically apple slices, bananas and lately clementines. They all love those things.
They get green smoothies for snacks in between lunch and breakfast, or as an appetizer to lunch.
Lunch is usually a sandwich with some fruit on the side or leftovers from supper. (which would be cooked)
Supper is typically cooked. Um, spaghetti and meatballs, or cassarole or bean soup, oh I can't feed him beans at all really because he poops forever so he can't have baked beans or anything like that.
They eat at least one raw meal a day, all snacks are raw and a green smoothie. I am transitioning them now into two raw meals a day and all raw snacks so only supper would be cooked for them. I am beginning this tomorrow after I go shopping. The only 100% rawies are me and our 13 month old daughter.
In answer to the other question about how long this has been going on, for awhile now, at least since this summer, but it kind of comes in spurts (no pun intended). He'll have times where he only poops two or three times a day for awhile and then it'll go up to 5 or 6 for awhile. It is almost always, like 90% of the time blowouts which makes laundry lots of fun!
Thanks again. He is just so little. He is probably fine I'm sure but I am a little worried and I don't want to take him to the doctor for it because I wouldn't agree with anything they said to me anyways! I remember reading somewhere that raw children are smaller than normal children and even though he is not 100% raw he does eat a high percentage of raw and almost no processed food, and no sugar and nasty cereals and stuff. They don't get junk food and soda and things like that so maybe that is why. Or maybe he is fine and everyone else is just too big! Hahaha.
01-16-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm sure your little one is fine. Maybe there is a specific fruit or veg that he may be allergic to? That can sometimes cause loose stools. Does he get any rash or runny nose etc?
My son is 3 yrs 3 months and is 32 pounds. He is vegan (about half raw half cooked). The doctor said his weight and height are fine, although he does look slightly smaller than those in his nursery class. Right enough, there are some meat eaters in his class that are smaller than him too. Everyone is different.
Let us know how he gets on.... I bet there is nothing to worry about....
Helen Of Tennessee
01-16-2006, 04:14 PM
Apples do the same thing to me. I can only eat 1 small apple a day; if I eat more I have to be near a bathroom. So I would try cutting the apples back and getting some other fruits into him.
01-16-2006, 06:02 PM
Have you tried adding hempseed to smoothies and such? Or make a porridge with coconut meat, dates, and fruits blended together. You could even add hemp or flax oil. Little young ones really need fats. Their brains and nervous system are growing. All neurons are made of fats. And essential fatty acids are extremely important! Add more nuts and seeds, oils. It will help!
01-16-2006, 10:41 PM
Fats...fats...fats and more fats. I have been reading (everywhere it seems) that children who consume diets that are low-fat and low-cholesterol during the crucial "growing years" are on the low end curve of the growth charts or not even on the charts.
Try more oils as suggested here. Avocado pudding. Flax products. Salad dressings with olive oils. Put coconut oil in smoothies or make "freezer fudge" with it and cacao.
Check out Udo's Oil products and see if you think they are right for you and your family. I know he just removed the soy from the products (so glad).
We use Udo's oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, pumpkin seed oil, flax oil, olive oil and many "fatty" fruits and nuts.
I would agree with what has been mentioned here too as far as cutting back on the apples and trying more bananas. In smoothies, ice creams, cereals, fruit salads, banana "pops"....
And oh yes....keep the greens 'a coming, if he wont' eat greens, blend them in smoothies.
I would also say that if his gene pool is of smaller people...he would be too. ;)
01-16-2006, 11:04 PM
celery, parsley, carrot spinach juice for protein and minerals everyday as much as possible .
nuts and their buttter are good binders so are banannas.
01-17-2006, 10:18 AM
Thank you all for your responses to me. I really appreciate it!
I have cut back on his apples now and he is eating more bananas. I will definately make sure that all of them get more natural fats. I am putting all of them on at least 2 raw meals a day or more and only one cooked meal a day. My 5 year old son has decided that he wants to eat "healthy" like me. I am so happy!
I gave Levi some walnuts yesterday and he wouldn't eat them. Today I gave him cashews and he wouldn't eat those at first but then he did. I will put nuts in their smoothies, that is a great idea, and then they will be getting more fats too.
Thanks again for all the suggestions! As far as the pooping I realized that he had bean soup which probably triggered it. I can't feed him beans at all. But since he is so tiny to start off with I want to make sure that as I transition him to raw that he gets enough of what he needs.
Again, thank you all for your input! You guys are great! :)
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