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4_Legs_Good Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 02:54 PM
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Help with my veggie kids and my pediatrician
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Edited on Mon Jul-18-05 02:56 PM by 4_Legs_Good
Okay, of course I just was forced to switch to an HMO last week and had to declare a PCP for my kids, so I'm not sure how easy it'll be to change, if I choose to do that.

Anyway, my wife and I are ovo/lacto vegetarians, we've been so for over a decade. We have a 3 year old and a 3 month old. We made it clear to our pediatrician on day one that we wanted our kids to be vegetarians. He's an old school doctor and wasn't exactly happy with it, but he didn't think it was a huge problem nor did he give us any advice.

Anyway, 3 years later and my wife takes the 3 year old (2 years 11.5 months, actually) in for some possible bacterial infection and all of a sudden his vegetarianism (he eats tons of dairy and eggs, btw) is suddenly the cause of all his ailments from being irritable when they're pricking him with a needle to the fact that he isn't potty trained yet. His iron value is like a half point below normal so the doctor thinks he's eating dirt, blah blah blah.

So anyway, I'm sure all parents think this, but this kid is light years ahead of other kids in other areas, and behind in some too. His weight/height are perfectly normal, no physical developmental problems, normally in good spirits, but has standard kid tempermental times, etc. Anyway, if the HUGE negatives of him not being potty trained and being upset when he gets a sharp needle shoved into him are the price we pay for all the rest of the wonderful attributes he has, then them's the breaks.

Anyway, I'm really irritated right now, and simply do not believe the BS that the doctor is feeding us now particularly on the vegetarianism. I can't stand the idea of my sons eating someone else's corpse, so that's not even an option unless heaven and earth and every doctor in the world says we have to do it, OR there's serious and compelling evidence that something far worse than a 3 year old who still wears diapers is going on.

So, what do I do about his diet? Does anyone make a reasonably good iron supplement that kids can take that's not nasty, and preferably derived from plant sources? Preferably chewable (the doctor was also irritated with the fact that my son can't swallow pills - something that I'm sure I couldn't do until I was at least 8). Any tips to getting him to eat more veggies? Right now he's heavy on carbs and dairy and doesn't like anything too complicated.


Sorry to go on.

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