4 Year Old Won't Eat
Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:23 PM
Now he's not eating much of anything. I am at the point where I will let him eat ANYTHING (that doesn't contain his allergies) if he would just eat! He was on a huge banana kick a couple of weeks ago (eating up to 3 a day) but he won't eat them now. He loves watermelon, but won't eat it. Today he told me he was hungry and I asked what he would like, I made it for him and then he changed his mind--said he wasn't hungry. At most he is eating two or three bites of his meals and that is only after we tell him he has to eat it in order to get up. He will eat a fruit snack here and there or some popcorn, but I am getting worried since it has been going on for a few days now.
My parents say not to worry, he will eat when he gets hungry, but I am concerned.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:17 PM
Have you tried asking your son to put together something he'd like to eat? Perhaps you could provide some banana slices, fruit bits, salad fixings, etc., and let him creatively prepare a meal for himself. A little chocolate or maple syrup might entice him, too.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:55 PM
I am not sure what is going on. I don't know if we are missing more allergies that the doctor didn't test for? Do allergies cause a loss of appetite? We are already avoiding wheat, egg, soy, peanut, fish, and milk. I also don't know if he just finds the gluten free food bland? Actually that can't be it because he is refusing favorite foods and fruits, etc.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:49 PM
There were a few things I did. One was to have her pick out food from the grocery store. We would try new things and she would help me cook. This didn't always work.
The other thing we did was buy a bunch of plastic containers of her choice. I could then keep snack like things in those in the fridge. Like cheese, meat, eggs...
Posted 07 July 2012 - 06:29 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:07 AM
Has any other GI testing been done? Even a UGI with SBFT would be something to think about. An UGI with SBFT is a radiological test where the child drinks barium, they watch how the barium moves down the esphagus then they take x-rays until the barium reaches the end of the small bowel at regular intervals. This is a simple test which will show if there is any dysmotility thru the GI system. If food can not empty out of the stomach or move thru the intestines, it WILL hurt and it WILL cause a lack of appetite. We have been down the GI road for nearly 9yrs and I have learned to never "settle" on an answer if symptoms still persist to the point the child isn't thriving.
Honestly I have asked NUMEROUS times for a referral to a GI, but my son's doctor won't give us one. I kinda blew up on the doctor the last time which got him to at least do allergy testing and the celiac panel (he wasn't even going to do those). We are currently doing a gluten free challenge and my son's next appointment is on the 11th. If the doctor doesn't give us a referral then, then we are going to hunt out a new doctor.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:44 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:25 AM
My daughters have a different Dr. (because they wanted a girl) she is AMAZING! She listens, she refers, she remembers, etc. So, I am currently wondering if I should move my son over to her because she is so great, or if I should take my chances finding an actual Ped. that I don't know personally.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:27 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:42 AM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:46 AM
He has done well gluten free and had a complete turn around behaviorally, but just this last week he is refusing to eat and has been whining more. We haven't added any new foods in, so I am wondering if we might be missing something more. His rash reactions didn't start until we took his allergen foods away and then reintroduced them. So I am wondering if he has become hypersensitive to something else now, but I am fishing in the dark and since he isn't eating, it is hard to do any food challenges.
I will check in on these other possibilities. The bad thing is that if I suggest something to the doctor that I found online, he almost seems offended and pushes harder that that can't be it (maybe to save face?, who knows).
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:54 AM
Any possibility that it's not physical - that it's "behavioral"? I put the behavioral in quotes because I'm not trying to say that he's doing it to be stubborn or anything like that. But that the new foods may taste differently to him and he's sensitive to texture, for example. I was wondering if an OT with a speciality in feeding programs might be helpful. There could also be other allergies going on, and he's instinctively trying to avoid anything that makes him feel bad?
I was wondering if it might be behavioral and that is why we have been making him sit at the table and eat at least 3 bites or he goes to time out. It takes forever to get him to do it, and last night is when he told me that it makes him sick.
As a side note, the constipation is back (black, constipated smelling skid marks in his underwear) and he says his poop is stuck. I don't know if this is from not eating so there is nothing to push out or if it is a reaction.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:41 PM
Posted 07 July 2012 - 01:27 PM
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Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:22 PM
That makes me wonder if I even need a referral for a GI then. Looks like I will be calling around on Monday! . Also, might an allergist give a referral to a GI? I am still going to switch my son's doctor, but just wondering.
And, on a very positive note, my son helped pick out and cook lunch...a bunless hot dog and some pineapple. He ate a few bites around noon, but we left it out for him. We have a local fair in town and he really wants to ride the roller coaster again so we told him he had to finish his lunch. It took a few hours, but by 3 he finished his lunch!
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