My 5 year old son will not eat!!!

Sonia - posted on 02/19/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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HELP!!! My son will not eat. I know that the experts and doctors say that kids will not starve themselves but is literally doing that!! He is extremely thin ( last week at the doctors, he was 36 pounds which meant he lost 2 pounds since summer and he is at the 12th percentile for weight), his lips are all dry and cracked, his nails are brittle and his ribs are extremely concave. In the last 3 weeks it has progressively gotten worse. He is eating less and less and he is very pale along with his other symptoms. He also has dark circles under his eyes. When he does attempt to eat, he is always stopping and saying that he has to burp and it wont come out. The other strange thing is that his bowel movements are 3 times the size of his food intake. At his checkup last week, the doctor has decided that she is doing blood work but I think there is a blockage; could that be possible in a 5 year and when should I start to panic and take further steps???

i am basically just giving him yogurt and homo milk because that is all he seems to get down.



HELP!!!

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Kay - posted on 02/20/2012

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You were clear, but you also stated that there was the possibility of a blockage. Which is what we were addressing, I think. The feeling of being so full he needs to burp and the extra large movements both support this--my son's are always larger than what he eats when he passes a blockage, because everything is backed up for so long, that it is more than just a day or two's worth.



Maybe that helps clarify? I dunno. :)

Sonia - posted on 02/20/2012

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I guess I was not very clear- my sons bowel movements are fine- he actually has huge movements- more than what he eats which makes me think his body is eating itself or he is not absorbing any nutrients that he is taking in

Sonia - posted on 02/20/2012

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I guess I was not very clear- my sons bowel movements are fine- he actually has huge movements- more than what he eats which makes me think his body is eating itself or he is not absorbing any nutrients that he is taking in

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2012

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If he has a blockage you will know my son had one just this past year first one ever and we ended up at the hospital 3 times because they thought he had appendicitis he was in so much pain. They finally took xrays and found out he was extremely plugged up we have added a fibre supplement to his food as he is on medication that can cause the blockage in the first place and he was not consuming enough fibre to get rid off it all.

Amy - posted on 02/19/2012

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My son is 6 and only weighs a pound more then your son so I feel your pain. My son just doesn't have an appetite to eat our doctor has never expressed concern before because although he keeps dropping in weight % he's under 3% now his height has stayed on the same curve. So therefore they won't label him a failure to thrive, although we go for his 6 year check up in a couple of weeks I'm going to start pushing the issue because like you I'm concerned, because he could literally go till 3 in the afternoon before he would ask for something to eat.



I'm not really sure what the signs for a blockage would be, so I can't help you there. But like Kay said milk, yogurt and dairy could be making the problem worse, my son won't drink milk or eat dairy but occasionally will have cheese. I wish you the best of luck and keep pushing it with your doctor till you get some answers.

Kay - posted on 02/19/2012

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Well, it definitely doesn't sound healthy...



*warning: quite a bit of 'poo' talk beyond this point*



My five year old eats well but has terrible issues with constipation. It is entirely possible for them to get blockages--he has a tendency towards it, actually. Our doc has helped us work out his diet and we sometimes use a gentle laxative to help when he is obviously having issues. Once they have one, they can be more susceptible for a while, because everything loosens and the muscles aren't moving waste out like they should, so it sits and creates another blockage.



Ours was a mix of 'poo sizes'. When he had a blockage, he usually had "leaks" around it, but if he finally managed to pass it (poor baby! It still makes me cringe that it took so long to figure it out) it would be much larger than anything he had eaten, because it was everything that had accumulated.



Honestly, if he is having issues with moving things, dairy products can exacerbate the situation. My son's dairy is very limited and we have even discussed switching to a dairy-free lifestyle. His doctor doesn't see the need yet.



In response to the rest of your post, as moms, we can't panic. It sucks, but he needs you to be rational and put together. You are his only voice right now, and it sounds like he needs a loud one.



Best of luck! Please keep us posted if you can.

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