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03 Oct 2008

Non-eating Toddler
We have a toddler of 2 who eats ABSOLUTELY NOTHING all day. We coax him with everything from bread, yoghurt, fruit, cake, chips, cake, biscuits - the bribing goes from healthy to rubbish. And he still refuses to eat. All he wants all day AND night is a botlle, which is 250ml of rooibos with 50ml milk and 1 sugar. I now give him a bottle of Pediasure at bedtime, to get some goodness into him. He wakes 3 to 4 times a night for a bottle - bad habit I' m sure, but also maybe hunger. He is small, but very happy and active. We are completely stressed, and our lives seem to revolve around getting him to eat something. Is this non-eating normal or should we take him to a doctor? He has been to the Paediatrician, who says there is nothing medically or physically wrong. Please give us some advise.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Michelle
Yes, I do think that you should take your lad to a Child Psychologist because this kind of behaviour is a form of infantile anorexia. He is still getting some energy from the rooibos and sugar, but no nutrients. Using the Pediasure is a good idea, but he must be helped to start eating a normal balanced toddler diet and eating solids. It is possible to some traumatic event (?) has triggered this refusal to eat normally and to regress to a 'baby stage'. He needs helps fast otherwise he won't grow normally. I would also recommend that you consult a clinical 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), because when he can eat again he is going to need a nutrient-rich diet to catch up on growth and development.
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