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February 7th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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I currently care for my good friend's 13month old baby. He's very cute and they follow a strict vegan diet. He's definitely underweight and also bruises easily, but seems to be developmentally on-track otherwise. He has recently (almost for a month) began having loose to very loose (diarrhea) stools 4-5 times a day. It's definitely effecting the skin condition of his bottom, but also, it seems like he's pooping out way more than he's taking in. I have concerns about malnourishment. I suggested to his mom that he may be having too much fruit (he eats 4-8 servings while he's here, not to mention the fruit included in his dinner and breakfast at home. She seemed unconcerned. I asked her to check with his doctor about the large, very frequent and loose bms. She said the doctor told her it could be because of his "teething" (he doesn't exhibit any other symptoms of teething). She also told me that because he doesn't eat meat, everything goes through him more quickly. I'm not sure what to do here. I'm becoming increasingly concerned about malnutrition/malnourishment but don't want to question her dietary beliefs. At what point do I say something/at what point can I actually be in trouble for feeding him foods that I know are causing diarrhea?

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