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Old 04-03-2003, 05:09 PM
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Dear Not Eating,
I am glad you are taking steps to have her checked out by doctor.
Before you get into the emotional aspects, think about her change in taste. Maybe her taste buds in her mouth have stopped working for one reason or another, or her sence of smell.
What you smell, affects your appitite. You need to be careful
because you have already made one trip to the hospital because of the effects of her not eating or drinking.
If you do not like the answers you are getting from one doctor, please go to another and another until someone is willing to really search out the cause of her loss of appitite and eating.
At six years of age, they don't eat that much, but goodness, if you can just hit on the one or two things she really will eat or drink, then go for it. I know there is help out there for you and your daughter, but you will have to hunt for it. They just like to tell you that they out grow it. That's junk, 6 months is too long.
I hope you keep us posted here, as we are all concerned and
keeping you in our prayers.
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Old 04-03-2003, 06:03 PM
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Mine was 4 1/2 when she went from eats everything to eats nothing but M&C or Cheese Sandwich. She also eats fruit and yogurt. It has steadily gotten worse here. Now all she eats is 2 bowls of cereal in the morning. A good lunch and a small snack after school. Dinner is what she wants not what we want her to eat. Give up the battle. Just have her sit with you and watch the family eat with a small portion on the plate. We also let her know no dessert unless that small portion is eaten. Just having them sit with you at the table, whether they eat or not is a good way to have family conversations to rehash the day. What one good/bad thing happened to you today thing. We here try to have at least 3 sit down family meals a week. With ice skating tomorrow, it'll be more like a leisure 2 meal a week, with one rushed sit down meal on Friday. Sigh. Good luck. I've heard some do and some don't out grow it. Just make sure they are eating to balance out the diet. Meaning blueberries instead of carrots, bananas and the like. Remember no child ever died of not eating dinner.
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Old 04-04-2003, 02:02 AM
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Loss of appetite in 6 year old

hmmmmmmmm...........That really does sound as though she needs more serious checking. I would definitely keep after that till some solutions or reasons are found. Passing up real food I can see, but snacks? at her age? Something is not right in this situation.
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Old 04-04-2003, 06:40 AM
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My son is 46 poinds and 48 inches. He's very skinny but it genetic. My dh used to be a stick and now he's looking very healthy. His father was that was and so is his uncle. Anyway, although he's a picky eater (he's seven) and was from about 15 months on, he still has his favorites. Pizza, cheese burgers and chicken parm. M&C is a given. He'll snack on some things but weight gain will always be a struggle. I agree with the other ladies; although my son is picky, he does have favorites and does eat. Not nearly as well as my girls, but he's gaining inches and pounds.

I'd start with my pediatrian and go from there. There are many physical reasons and psycological ones. Any major changes at home or school or even friend influences could change things for her that may come out in an eating problem.

Good luck. I hope things work out well for your dd. Keep us posted so we know she's better.

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Old 04-04-2003, 07:26 AM
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As I think about after reading all these posts? It probably is part psychological and part sight. My DD had a cheeseburger one year ago yesterday. That nite around 2 AM threw up everywhere. At first we weren't sure if it was what she ate or if it was a virus. But to this date? After it went around and hit both parents, it wasn't what she ate. But she thought it was. To this date? She won't touch a burger. She thinks a bug is going to make her sick again. I know if I eat a piece of fat or just something gross in food? I am done for the nite. I wouldn't get so excited over picky eating. Anything under the sun will contribute to a child being discrminating over food. My brother wouldn't eat much and to this date is picky picky. Good luck.
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Old 04-04-2003, 07:35 AM
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I don't have a lot to add to what others have said except to try to find some thing like the ensure drink they give to elderly people that don't want to eat. I do believe they make a pediasure for kids now. If she doesn't like milk, this may not be the right choice, but something along this line. What about pedialyte that you use when kids are sick? It would'nt have protein she needs, but it may be a place to start. I'd say, get familiar with your insurance, then keep looking till you find a doctor (specialist) who will not put you off & will keep looking. You shouldn't let this worry take over your life, but if your intuition tells you something is not right, keep looking for an answer.
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Children not eating

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 2 1/2 years old. Not to alarm you, just to make you aware of possibilities and things to have tested, I completely lost my appetite whenever I was in a flare and if I am not taking my medication, it still happens. My parents accused me of being anorexic and vomiting my food for attention. I could tell you some really horrible stories about the psychological hell I went through before we discovered I was in a full on arthritic flare at 13 years of age. Hopefully your pediatrition ran blood work, but if not, I encourage you to request blood work for auto immune diseases. Arthritis is one of those and it simply means that the immune system recognizes the body as a foreign substance and sends in the white blood cells to fight against the "enemy". Hope this helps!
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How do I reply to each of your post individually??

I am so overwhelmed and happy that all of you took the time to respond to my post. You all had good ideas that I will be looking into. We have an appt. this Wednesday.
I do want to reply to each of you about your posts so whenever someone tells me how to do that...I will write more.[COLOR=red]
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Old 04-05-2003, 08:29 AM
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We do remind her constantly that if she doesnt eat or drink enoguh that she will end up back in the hospital. She did not like the IV one bit.
She is self conscience about being skinny...so we tell her "EAT MORE! It's the only way to gain weight."
But she just acts like it's such a hassle to eat.
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Old 04-05-2003, 08:57 AM
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Re: loss of eating in 6 year old

No she does not complain of any stomach pains, or anything like that. She only complains that when she gets nervous, she starts to feel nauseaus.
AND this all may be psychological in origin because it did start at the beginning of the school year. She is very quiet and shy but does very very well in school.
But you'd think that she would be feeling more comfortable now that it's almost the end of the school year. And that still doesnt explain WHY she wouldnt eat at home.
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