my 9 year old stopped eating, what do i do?
Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2012
Talk to her. ASK HER WHY. If you know anything about nutrition,, this is a critical time in a girl's development. If she has a body issue, then work on it with her. Jog with her, or go to the gym and take a class together, eat healthy together. Like I said if she has a body issue and things begin to improve, you might find she feels its safe again to eat. find out also if she associates negative things with food. Associations are how we learn to deal with the world.
Minnie - posted on 07/03/2012
I don't meant to alarm you. But I was in her shoes as well. When i was younger, I had lots of friends who were thinner, prettier, happier than me. I went through a deep depression, and developed anorexia. My parent's didn't know how to help me with the exception of taking me to doctors... which in turn caused me to become more alienated from them. By the time I was 14, I had stomach ulcers, I weighed 77 lbs.
I sought help for MYSELF at age 16 because my parents did not understand what I had to worry about being so young. Don't dismiss it. Seek help for her. Seek a psychologist, someone she can trust and talk to... As children we seem to become more and more alienated from our parents who are unable to understand us because they're "too old" I tell you, cause i once was that type of child. Now, obviously 10 yrs later, I've grown up and its different, but i see it too many times in little girls. I volunteer talking to girls and lending an ear for B&G club, and help them understand acceptance in themselves and their unique qualities. Find a psychologist, who understand children. Preferably a woman, so she's more comfortable. Avoid doctors who are judgmental, it will make her feel worse. Good luck! Prayers to your daughter.
Opal - posted on 03/08/2012
My autistic son went through a phaze where he ate very little and only specific things. Sons Dr told me that it would pass and just to continue to encourage him eating other things but that it would pass and it has. Now, during that time I really tried to push the food I knew he liked. Hot dogs, sausage, rice etc.
Maybe you could see if she wants to plan a meal (her favorite) and see if maybe that helps.
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