Iron deficiency in my 5 year old- please help
I posted awhile back about my son who was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome and we are midway through our 3rd month of a very stringent elimination/rotation diet. He eats almost completely vegan and high raw and following the blood results from the doc for his allergies, I'd say 80% or more of his symptoms are completely gone. :) Very cool. Of course, I have to really be ontop of his diet and feed him certain foods on certain days, etc. We aren't out of the woods yet, but his nausea, vomiting, dry itchy eyes, and ezcema etc. are almost completely gone.
The only symptoms that are really concerning me at this point is that he is very pale and he has circles under his eyes. The bloodwork said he was low on iron and I have been giving him iron supplements weekly (powdered). He eats some fish which has iron, and spinach, broccoli, lots of dates...I'm wondering if I should switch to a liquid iron and if so, does anyone know of any good brand? Or other foods that are high in iron? His doctor is not pro-vegan, and really would like me to give him a burger once a week. Any advice?
As far as the circles under the eyes go, I once read that that was a sign of the kidneys not functioning well. I also know people who are veggie deficient that have those. The latter is definitely NOT the problem. He eats more fresh, dark leafy greens and other veggies than any kid I know! He is a great eater...I'm wondering what that could possibly mean? I've asked his doctor several times, but haven't gotten a clear answer. Any thoughts would be great.
Sorry, one more thing, has anyone had any personal experience with NAET for allergy relief? We are looking into that for our son as well.
I used this brand when I was getting low on iron and it got me back up to a good level.
Glad to hear that most of his symptoms have gone away :)
I recommend going to see a naturopath that uses EDS if you haven't.
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Cool. I will check out that link! The NAET program uses EDS...I really would like to take him there, it's just a matter of the cost right now unfortunately.
Originally Posted by RawSar
Floradix is one brand of liquid iron that I know of. Chlorophyl is another good option. Either as drops or green juices such as wheat grass. Glad he is generally getting better.
Suz58- I looked into Floradix but there was something in it that he was allergic too.
RawSar- the spatone looks awesome but it was going to cost $45 to ship to the US!! Does anyone know of anything in the US comparable??
Get rid of the quack, for a start.
Originally Posted by Veg4Life
okay, so germinated pumpkins seeds are just raw pumpkin seeds? I picked up some pumpkin seeds yesterday and soaked them. They are in the dehydrator right now with some sea salt. :)
Originally Posted by michigan roman
Re: the quack. He has a definite flaw, I agree, but we've been seeing him for months and have spent literally thousands of dollars. He has given us some great info, so I guess I'll take the good and disregard the bad...I didn't know he wasn't pro-vegan until we had already began his healing protocol and I really don't want/can't afford to start over with someone else right now. Eventually, I will find a new holistic doc who is more aligned with my thinking. I'm on the Central Coast in California (near San Luis Obispo). Anyone have any referrals???:)
I use fluorodix with my kids, too, and for myself sometimes. It's one of the few iron supplements that doesn't cause constipation and it's derived from natural sources. My kids love taking it.
You might also try adding blackstrap molasses to his diet - my natropath recommended this for my son for iron when he was slightly low. I don't know if it will give enough iron for your situation, but it's an idea to consider.
Leaky gut and parasites go together. I know that sounds gross but that's a fact that you can confirm on line. If your son is still having problems, a $25 bottle of vermifuge and some coconut might do wonders for him. Coconut is a natural vermifuge and is also very tasty. I make coconut pancakes that are delish. Get unsweetened unsulfured coconut at Health food stores (also often at Asian stores). Mix the coconut with an egg, add some honey or stevia (or both) mix it and fry it in coconut oil. Delish. For variation and another great taste, add some unsweetened Hershey's Special Dark Powdered Baking Coco to the coconut mix. If you do not give your son eggs, you can try mixing the pancake with coconut flour, add a bit of coconut milk to make a sticky paste, then add the coconut flakes, stevia and honey, and fry it in the coconut oil. Give him one every day for a couple weeks. Kids put dirty hand in their mouth and nose and can pick up parasites like that, or from pets, or from produce that has a little dirt on it.
Better than the coconut though is a vermifuge called ParaClean. It's available on line. There are different products with a simlilar name but get the paraclean one. It's in a black and white bottle. It is NOT a drug. It's herbs--black walnut hulls, cloves, and wormwood. Here is a link. (I am not affiliated with this company--I used this product and it's amazing). You should take it too Mom. Take it as directed. If there is no dosage mentioned for children, ask the company who distributes it.
Again, I know it sounds bizarre, but I offered the info because I would hate to see a little boy suffering with all that. Here are some links for you to explore on this topic:
To your son's health.
Originally Posted by Veg4Life
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