Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tshego | 2012-09-21



My 2 year old girl doesnt want to eat, she only wants juice and she is drastically loosing weight. Went to the Peads and he advised that i buy multivitamin, i have tried over 40 of them but they dont work. They recommended i put oil and butter in the porrage to help but she is still skinny. We went to ta cat scan for the intestines and inserted a catheta but they didnt find anything wrong. what can it be.Please help

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Children of this age often have poor appetites but it is unuusual to lose weight to this extent. I am concerned that your daughter is losing so much weight and that her appetite is so poor.It is important not to give your little girl any fruit juice.Offer her a cup of milk twice a day. Try Parmalat First Growth milk if she is not keen on regular milk as it has a good taste.Unfortunately the vitamins alone will not help to improve your daughter's appetite.I know that your daughter has had many tests done already with no diagnosis having been made, but it is still important to try to find out what is wrong with your daughter. She may have a condition called coeliac disease. Please take her back to the doctor and ask that your daughter be tested for possible coeliac disease.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-09-21

Oh, and just stop giving her juice - don''t buy it and keep it in the house. If she is thirsty, give her water in her cup.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-09-21

What a worrying situation.

The multivitamin works over thelong term - you take a little does of vitamins every day and it ensures you are getting hte extra nutrients taht someone who isn''t eating well doesn''t get. So it won''t make her put on weight, it will just keepher healthier. Allthe mulitvitamins are similar, so any children''s one is fine - there are plenty. Gummy Vites are popular as they are cheap and they taste good. You get chocolate ones and barbie ones and all sorts.

Oil would be yucky in porridge, but adding butter gives a nice taste and will help her put on weight. Also Avocado, chop it up into pieces for her or spread onto toast. Peanut butter is high in kilojoules too, so you could give her peanut butter sandwiches. Mashed potato with her supper would also help, or mashed sweet potato. Pasta meals are also nice. You can also make chesse sauce for her vegetables as that is also high in kiloujuoules. You can also give her a cup or two of full cream milk a day and give her full cream yoghurts to eat.

Overall, ensure that she eats lots of starches, fruits, vegetables and meat and some cereal / grain products and a little fat too.

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