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Old 03-23-2003, 01:03 PM
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Loss of appetite in 6 year old

Up until 6 months ago, my daughter would eat everything...was never a picky eater. Then all of a sudden she totally stopped eating and drinking because the thought of food made her feel sick. SHe ended up in the hospital because she was dehydrated, then they let her go home because they couldnt find anything wrong.
Things have gotten a little better...not normal...but better.
But it's still a constant battle just to get her to eat a little. I don't think she would ever get hungry on her own. She barely eats anything she used to.
ANYONE OUT THERE EVER HAVE A SIMILAR PROBLEM? I would love to hear from you so I don't feel like the only person dealing with this. Maybe you could help me with suggestions.
She weighs 47 pounds and is about 47 1/2 in. tall. Does anyone know if this is average? I'm worried that she may be under weight.
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Old 03-23-2003, 01:40 PM
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First of all, welcome to the Family!

I've heard of this in older kids but not 6 year old.

I'm not a doctor. But if this happened to me, I would
probably find out what types of food or drink she would/could eat. Say if she really liked chocolate milk, let her drink all she wanted to, at least she's getting some calories in her and won't be dehydrated.

I'm sure there's something to eat and drink, anything would be better than another trip to the hospital with an IV put in for dehydration.

Is she around older siblings or family members that are on "diets"?

I guess, I would call your family doctor tomorrow morning to schedule an appt.

Sorry that I can't be of any more help. My son is 14 and eats everything in site - can't feed him fast enough.
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Old 03-23-2003, 04:21 PM
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I second the advice already given....make an appt. with a specialist.

Even though all kids are different, to ease your mind I dont think that she is really under weight. At my sons last checkup, he had just turned 5 and he is 45"tall and weighs 49lbs with all of his heavy clothes on.

I would still talk to an expert in this field to perhaps stops what is going on now before it becomes a bigger problem.


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Old 03-23-2003, 06:37 PM
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thanks for the encouragement

I am going to schedule an appt with our doctor just to see what she thinks.
My daughter is the older of my two children, so no she is not around anyone on any diets.
I try encouraging her to snack on "junk" foods...because she really has no cravings for sweets. She pretty much just eats healthy foods. (Eggs, nuts, frosted mini wheats, fruits and vegetables, plain pasta) But the thing is she is only in the mood for some of these things SOME of the time.

She won't drink milk (water or tea is what she prefers over everything) But I TRY getting her to eat yogurt or icecream every day. Doesnt always work though.
It's just so strange that she started ALL of this....because she was a big eater 6 months ago.
I NOW read the nutrional label on EVERYTHING....and am always trying to figure out what I can try to do to increase her calorie intake, protein...etc. (IT'S CRAZY)

THANKS for the responses I've gotten so far...and thanks for welcoming me to the family
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Old 04-03-2003, 12:52 PM
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I agree with having a doctor check her for any problems, but maybe she is between growing spurts and just not hungry. However, I can't imagine a child passing up snacks.

Especially during the summer you need to be sure she gets plenty to drink. My daughter was 8 or 9 and had a slight case of heat stroke because she didn't drink or eat much that day, which wasn't too abnormal for her either.

If she didn't enjoy the trip to the hospital you may try reminding her of that and explain that she needs to drink enough to keep her from going back.

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Old 04-03-2003, 01:26 PM
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Papaya enzyme

I agree with everyone else but in the meantime try buying papaya Enzyme pills. They are in grocery stores and vitamin stores.
papya is a natural appetite stimulant, and the ONLY thing that kept my son eating for a year!
HGis problem was depression, not what your daughter sounds like, but it really helped!
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Old 04-03-2003, 02:57 PM
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loss of eating in 6 year old

I've never had that severe of a problem with my kids, although some kids can be picky eaters. You might want to check her for asthma. Does she complain of a stomachache or anything? Some kids have stomach aches with asthma or even throw up. I know of a 5 year old with Crohn's disease, but I'm sure your daughter would complain of stomach pains with that. I would definetly have her checked by a specialist. Good luck and welcome to the family! Diane
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:55 PM
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6 yr old not eating

I don't have any real pearls of wisdom but my initial feeling is that since it started suddenly and you say the thought of food makes her sick, perhaps there is a psychological reason. I wonder if there is something that happened 6 months ago that made her think a different way about food. Maybe she saw something that disturbed her. It seems that since you have taken her to the hospital and they found nothing physical, perhaps there is a psychological cause.

I have no real basis for this suggestion but if it were my child I would try to figure out what changed 6 months ago. I also though perhaps lactose intollerance but that wouldn't come up suddenly (I don't think)

Please continue to post and keep us updated. My prayers are with your family.
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Old 04-03-2003, 04:19 PM
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not to be nosey-but when she was in the hospital for dehydration-what tests did they run? "the thought of food makes her sick"...i am wondering......could she have an inner ear problem that makes her feel off balance and nauseous? i have frankly never heard of a colonoscopy being done on a child so young-but i'm wondering if the has an upper or lower intestinal problem or something wrong in her bowel? maybe thats the next step. i echo the other ladies and i read that you are going to take her to a specialist-i would too!

please keep us posted!
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Old 04-03-2003, 05:35 PM
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I believe a six year old is awfully young to be anorexic; however, I agree that it might be psychological. I'm wondering if anything has happened that could have emotionally upset her. Good luck!!!
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