Posted by: desperate mum | 2008/06/20

6yr old is 58kgs pls pls help

my son is 58kgs,is constsntly hungry.His tummy is huge,we have been to a dietician but sme mnths i cant afford the stuff on the diet sheet. how can we supress his appetite? Hes had thyroid checked & its fine.Are there any any herbal suppresants he can take.He is taller than children his age and will not be thin but his thighs are huge,he cant sit without back support. He wheezes,im a single mom,im so desperate.How much does a cat scan cost cos i heard ther may be a prblm with his brain,he is struggling at school-forgets his work easily.

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Dear Desperate Mum
Your lad is indeed more than double the average weight of 6-year-old children (20 kg). I don't know if you had him checked by an Endocrinologist (a doctor who specialises in hormone disturbances)? If not, it may be an idea to take him to such a specialist because it is possible that his obesity is being caused by other glandular imbalances (not just the thyroid). If it is too expensive for you to take your son to a private Endocrinologist then there are the Public Hospitals. You may have to wait in long queues, but it is an option because your son desperately needs treatment for his extreme overweight and the fact that you suspect that he may have brain problems also makes it imperative that you get a diagnosis rapidly. Certain brain tumours can disrupt the appetite and cause overeating. In the meanwhile try to encourage him to eat a bit less of the standard foods you can afford.
The use of appetite suppressants in young children is dangerous and if his appetite is being caused by an underlying disease, then he should rather get the correct treatment.
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