Our expert says:
I can imagine that you must be desperate because your 7-year-old daughter is such a difficult eater. Because it is necessary to determine if she has any physiological problems that prevent her from eating certain foods (e.g. allergies, intolerances, etc), I would recommend that you take her for a medical checkup or consult a clinical dietitian to assess her food intake. I do, however, think that your daughter is using food and her refusal to eat as a method of controlling you and possibly the entire family. I would, therefore, also recommend that you have her assessed by a child psychologist to identify why she is doing this. Refusal to eat in young children is often a 'cry for help' because of underlying anxiety, depression or feelings of helplessness. She should really not still be drinking formula as this reinforces her refusal to grow up and start taking responsibility for her life and food intake. So please get some expert help from a dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) and a child psychologist (the latter is very important).
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