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May 21, 2012
mimi bonatout
My granddaughter will be three years old in June, and she refuses to eat. She has seen many specialists (OTs, pediatric GI, speech therapists, nutritionists), but her aversion to eating has not been diagnosed or remedied. Getting food into her is stressful and burdensome--a meal generally takes about 2 hours and, even then, there is very little actual food intake. Does anyone have any suggestions? Below are some more details about her: * She does not like to eat. If she is distracted (by toys, books, tv, etc.) we can spoon feed a few bites into her mouth. She rarely self-feeds but has the skills/ability to do so. * She is severely underweight ("failure to thrive"). * Her aversion to eating commenced when she was about 8 months old. She has always slept well and was never suffered from colic. * She turns her head when offered food, pushes it away, or takes it and throws it. She cries and becomes frustrated at meals. * Her repertoire of food is very limited and she is a picky eater. She will eat apples, grapes, blueberries, and oranges, and yogurt-covered raisins and gold fish crackers. Her favorite foods are diced peaches and apple sauce. We can sometimes spoonfeed her yogurt or mac and cheese. She sometimes will eat a few bites of summer sausage or a hot dog. * She is constipated frequently. She will drink prune juice and this seems to help. * Sometimes she complains that she is "hot" after she eats. She seems to be indicating that she feels hot in the stomach. Sometimes after telling us that she is hot, she vomits. * She has had a couple of ear infections and regularly develops a cough that lasts for weeks and has a lot of mucus build-up in her nose and throat. * She had an Upper GI (with barium) performed and allergy tests performed. No diagnosis of allergies or reflux. * We have tried Cyproheptadine syrup (prescribed by GI specialist). It doesn't seem to help. * She doesn't like to drink Pedisure. * She has not had any oral motor developmental delays. She has been tested to see if she has an aversion to particular smells, colors, and textures, but no consistent findings/diagnosis.
Jun 04, 2012
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Sorry your post sort of fell through the cracks and didn't get answered.... Has she ever taken medication for GERD? I highly recommend having a 24 hour pH Impedance Probe done -- it is the gold standard diagnostic test for GERD and gives more information than the previously available pH probes. An Upper GI is unlikely to ever give you the answers you need. Definitively ruling GERD in or out is, in my opinion, very important, as that will have a major impact on the course you take in helping your granddaughter.
Check with your
doctor first!