Our expert says:
I can understand that you and your husband must be very worried about your lassie's health and her intermittent refusal to eat. Now from what you say, there seem to be two distinct factors that are playing a role: a) a physical factors which causes the diarrhoea and vomiting that is not self-induced - I don't know if you have had her assessed by a paediatrician, but if not, then do take her to see one because she may be suffering from a variety of underlying problems (food allergies per se or induced by the original diarrhoea, an irritable bowel in the aftermath of the initial illness, a lack of beneficial microorganisms in the gut, etc). It is necessary for the dr to exclude any physiological cause and if there is one, to prescribe the correct treatment. b) psychological factors - your lassie may be suffering from infantile anorexia or be using refusal to eat, self-induced vomiting, etc to manipulate the situation. This type of behaviour can be because of underlying anxiety (fear of getting sick again), or depression. It is important to have her assessed by a child psychologist to see what is going on in her psychological makeup so that her fears or depression can be addressed.
I do hope that you will be able to get to the bottom of this problem and that your daughter can receive the proper treatment so that she can return to being a happy child eating a normal diet.
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