Childhood Diseases

Posted by: John | 2010/09/01



I have a boy who is 9 years old, he eats very slow, he takes about 45 minutes to eat 2 slices of bread. Could this become a problem for his digestion now and in the future?

He also struggles to go to the " toilet"  sometimes. The problem is that he stays with his mother every second week, he goes out sometimes in the week to eat junk food, so I cannot control what he eats there.

What should I do when he is with me?

Expert's Reply



Your son's behaviour is vetry unusual for a boy of 9 years. He may be depressed as this kind of poor or slow eating may be a symptom of a depressed child. He should be seen by a child psychologist.Of course you need to try your best to see that he eats a good healthy diet but his appetite may be poor despite your best efforts.

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Posted by: heidi | 2010/09/03

john, you have to repost your second posting in a new posting, paed won''t see this. hope your son gets better soon.

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Posted by: John | 2010/09/02


He does not seem to be depressed, he is very playfull and loving around his family. He does great in school and interacts with others his age. He enjoys doing things with me and he loves to tell me that he loves me :-). Could this be that my son is holding back on feelings?

I feel that his eating is a problem, he eats sweets normally :-) I guess any kid would, but then again he doesnt get that much sweets from me, he needs to eat healthy, and I have been providing veggies and fruit for him, he has to have his veggies everyday.

He is very small, many people think he is 5 years old...Could this play a factor witht he amount of food he eats?

Also, he complains when he eats, eithe a headache, leg pains, toothache. ect could this be that he just doesnt like eating?

I hope this is not going to be a problem because he has always been a slow eater. Now that he is bigger, I expected him to eat normally.

Could it just be that he doesnt like eating ??

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