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Help

PostPosted: 08 Feb 2013, 19:23
by EmmyandSpencer
Is there any way to reset a child's (27 months) eating habits?

He was ftt and we had to force feed him or they were going to tube him. He has no full shut off! He can eat nonstop all day. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2013, 21:17
by ches
Is be a healthy weight and do you have a dietician helping you? I would think you can by rewarding him for stopping and helping him to describe how his tummy feels and identify hunger and satiety/feeling over-full.

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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2013, 21:25
by Gizmo
What is ftt?

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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2013, 21:51
by va.x
Gizmo wrote:What is ftt?


Failure to thrive...

Did they come up with a reason for ftt?

V.x

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PostPosted: 09 Feb 2013, 16:37
by EmmyandSpencer
He's non-verbal :/

No they never told us why he quit gaining.

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PostPosted: 09 Feb 2013, 20:08
by Aggie
Is there anymore you can tell us? Does he eat what you would consider to be too much? Is he of a healthy weight?

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 05:05
by EmmyandSpencer
He seems to eat like he's never going to see food again but now suddenly (just since I posted this) he's all but stopped eating.

Today he's had a yogurt, a few marshmallows, some blueberries, and a little oatmeal. I don't get the whipping back and forth. I wish I knew how to really explain what I see and what seems wrong.

ETA:

He is about 34 inches tall and about 33 pounds.

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 07:40
by babydsmummy
It sounds like he is doing pretty well with his growth now so that must be a relief for you after having him tube fed. ((())) That must have been so stressful. LOs do tend to have phases of eating loads and eating next to nothing. This can relate to lots of things - growth spurts, teething, illness etc. I have one who was FTT too and he is eating loads at the moment, but I'm always conscious that the next dry spell could be just round the corner. I think the best thing is to keey offering healthy balanced family meals - just like you will be doing with baby. All of you sit down to the same healthy meal whenever possible. If he eats it all, great. If he asks for more, let him have some more. If he doesn't want it, don't pressure him - you know he can and will eat when he is hungry now. If he is hungry between meals then try to offer fairly healthy snacks - maybe sweet mid-morning like fruit, dried fruit, homemade muffins etc Then savoury mid-afternoon like breadsticks and cream cheese, crackers, pepper strips etc.

I think you can only keep reinforcing the fact that we eat when we are hungry - talk about the feeling in you tummy before a meal that tells you that you are hungry, leave a little bit of your meal saying that you are too full to finish it and try to explain what that feels like - hopefully he will start to understand those feelings better and realise that he doesn't have to finish all the food on his plate if he's full. You could limit him to one snack mid-mornng and one mid-afternoon if he is grazing and you feel this is necessary, but it may just be that he was having a growth spurt and was genuinely really really hungry for a while!

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 07:51
by ToothFairy
My five year old doesn't weigh that much!!!

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 16:35
by EmmyandSpencer
babydsmummy wrote:It sounds like he is doing pretty well with his growth now so that must be a relief for you after having him tube fed. ((())) That must have been so stressful. LOs do tend to have phases of eating loads and eating next to nothing. This can relate to lots of things - growth spurts, teething, illness etc. I have one who was FTT too and he is eating loads at the moment, but I'm always conscious that the next dry spell could be just round the corner. I think the best thing is to keey offering healthy balanced family meals - just like you will be doing with baby. All of you sit down to the same healthy meal whenever possible. If he eats it all, great. If he asks for more, let him have some more. If he doesn't want it, don't pressure him - you know he can and will eat when he is hungry now. If he is hungry between meals then try to offer fairly healthy snacks - maybe sweet mid-morning like fruit, dried fruit, homemade muffins etc Then savoury mid-afternoon like breadsticks and cream cheese, crackers, pepper strips etc.

I think you can only keep reinforcing the fact that we eat when we are hungry - talk about the feeling in you tummy before a meal that tells you that you are hungry, leave a little bit of your meal saying that you are too full to finish it and try to explain what that feels like - hopefully he will start to understand those feelings better and realise that he doesn't have to finish all the food on his plate if he's full. You could limit him to one snack mid-mornng and one mid-afternoon if he is grazing and you feel this is necessary, but it may just be that he was having a growth spurt and was genuinely really really hungry for a while!


He was never tube fed. We did everything BUT.

The growth spurt could have been but it seems like once he starts that he just doesn't stop. I was shocked to realize how little he ate yesterday. He's just been in such odd sorts lately.

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 16:38
by babydsmummy
Sorry, I misread. I'm sure it was still very stressful though. Have you asked your GP or HV for advice? Is he still under a dietician or paediatrician who could offer advice?

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 16:38
by EmmyandSpencer
ToothFairy wrote:My five year old doesn't weigh that much!!!


He was only like 20 pounds at 1 but has gained all this in the last year. It scares me how fast he started to gain! He's not pudgy or anything but I sure hope the weight slows down as I don't want to see him face health issues due to weight.

He LOVES fruits and most veggies, he has mowed my sisters veggie chips, likes hummos and pitas, etc. Not real sure what the issue is.

Going to the cardiologist in a few weeks for a check up too.

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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2013, 16:40
by EmmyandSpencer
babydsmummy wrote:Sorry, I misread. I'm sure it was still very stressful though. Have you asked your GP or HV for advice? Is he still under a dietician or paediatrician who could offer advice?


It's ok, just wanted it known that we didn't go through that.

I have and we are running more tests again as he is getting tired super easy now too. Usually a couple hours up even without hard play equals an exhausted little boy. Cardiologist to double check the hole in his heart in a couple weeks.

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PostPosted: 13 Feb 2013, 04:13
by EmmyandSpencer
Gah we are back to diahrrea again.

Just started letting him have fruits again. This is ridiculous he should be able to eat fruit as he loves it.