Kayla - posted on 08/26/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I babysit a 18 month old and think he might be malnourished. His tummy is always sticking way out like he is bloated. To me it looks like a puppies tummy when they have worms. I have not found any worms in the feces so I ruled that out somewhat. He is also really short. My 8 month old little girl is the same size standing up as this 18 month old.
What makes me think it is malnutrition is because when ever his mother brings him over he has hardly eaten. I ask her almost every day and she has only said they ate like twice. Most of the time all he has had is juice all day. If I continue to let him drink his cup all day he will not eat. (So I have learned to take it away and give it only at meal time) I just do not think his mother is feeding him rite and I do not know how to bring this conversation up or how I should handle it. I have thought about calling CPS because she never bathes him and he wears the same dirty clothes two days in a row alot, he always has a bloody rectum, not bloody stool just bloody skin, and it worries me to see this kid like this. Please help me figure out what to do.