I understand your concern. Fortunately, there is a lot of information out there for parents. Click the link below to learn more about vegetarian diets and children. Read more here: Vegetarian Diets - Is it safe for children to be vegetarians? Regarding vegan children, the article points out that they tend to be slightly smaller as young children but still within growth normal ranges. They tend to catch up to other children in size as they get older.
There's a great video from the WebMD Children's Health Channel here: Vegetarian Kids
A Pediatric Nutritionist is quoted and states that parents need to make sure a child's vegetarian diet contains enough protein, calcium, vitamin B12, zinc and iron. If kids aren't able to get all the nutrients they need from food, supplements might be necessary.
I encourage you and your son's mom to work with his pediatrician to make sure his diet is complete. If you have additional questions, we have a great expert in the WebMD Parenting Community . Dr. Benaroch can address questions specific to kids.
Interesting discussion! I usually do a quick rinse under running water for most fruits and vegetables. I always buy spinach and bagged salad pre-cleaned and ready to eat.
I looked up the 'Dirty Dozen' List for Pesticides on Fruits and Veggies to see if there was any information on washing and pesticides and found this: "Our advice to consumers is to choose the organic version of the fruits and vegetables on the dirty dozen list," an EWG senior scientist, tells WebMD. While EWG scientists prefer organic versions of some produce, they do concede that ''eating commercially grown produce is better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all."
While I would like to buy everything organic or from a Farmer's Market, I'm not always able to and I am concerned about exposing my kids to pesticides. Since I became a mom, a little dirt or germs don't bother me but pesticide exposure does!
Great info from TWO - I would also strongly urge you to check in with your "team". I hope your doctor has referred you to a nutritionist or dietician who can help you with planning your meals and addressing problems like pain and gas. Also, the doctor who performed the procedure should be alerted to any pain that you have.
Best of luck to you moving forward and please keep checking in here!