Hi my Daughter age 4 will not eat anything at all , only drink fluids ... She's not eaten for 9 days now and I resorted to giving her follow on baby milk for nutrition .... Has anyone else's child ever done this ? She's losing so much weight , doc just says not to worry but I Am ... She's age 4 .. Anyone else going through this please advise ?...

Suzanne - posted on 09/07/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm now giving her follow up milk .. She's lost so much weight but doc says not to worry ... But I am ... Can anyone advise please ... She won't even eat sweets , nothing at all :-(

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Denikka - posted on 09/10/2013

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It's normal for kids to go on food strikes. But to eat NOTHING solid for 9 days is NOT normal.
My younger brother used to do things like that. He was VERY sick when he as young (almost died) and because it was related to stomach/intestinal problems, he was allowed anything and everything to just get him to put on any kind of weight. After the issues were fixed, he still wanted to eat what he wanted instead of what he needed (aka ANYTHING healthy). So when expected to eat with the family, he would go on hunger strikes until he got what he wanted, sometimes days at a time. For him, it's purely behavioral/a learned thing at this point and even now (he's 13) he's a spoiled brat when it comes to food.

But MOST kids are not like my brother. I would be getting your daughter into a different doctor and not leaving until I had an answer. Eating absolutely nothing is NOT normal. I can't think of a single kid that I have ever known who couldn't be bribed with something yummy. Even as stubborn as my brother was, he would eat if offered candy or something junky.
Have you asked her if her tummy hurts or if she feels sick? Has she been pooping regularly?
It's good that she's still drinking, but even meal replacement drinks are not enough, and aren't meant to sustain a growing child at all, let along for over a week.
I would demand at least an ultrasound. Don't take that crap about it being *normal. If the doctor won't do anything, take her in to the ER and don't leave until you have some sort of answer.

Beljour - posted on 09/09/2013

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Try making her a healthy shake. My youngest was that way for 2 years and I made her ovaltine shakes with a banana, strawberries and anything else I could hide in that chocolate shake. She just thought it was chocolate milk all day long. I also gave her naked juices, which are healthy juices in many different fruit/veg flavors. She gained weight, slowly, however she wasn't malnourished.

Suzanne - posted on 09/08/2013

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Thanks hope but like I said above I'm already giving baby milk follow on mixed up with a baby food puddly as a milk shake ....... Taking her back to docs tomorrow il keep u all posted .... Soooooooo worried :-(

Hope - posted on 09/08/2013

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what about pediasure sidekicks? or some other liquid food that provides neutrients?

Sylvia - posted on 09/08/2013

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hm... I am surprised doctors think this is okay. At least she is drinking. I really hope this whole thing turns around for you. Keep us posted if anything changes. I will ask around if any moms had the same thing happen and how they resolved it.

Suzanne - posted on 09/08/2013

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I have tried making games even took her shopping let her choose her favourite cakes .. She sat in back of the car with them on her lap with them open and didn't touch them .... I tried playing her favourite game doctor and nurses using her favourite jelly sweets as the medicine but she would not put them in her mouth ..... Yes I'm worried sick . She's been seen by two doctors already who told me its common and not to worry .... Omg I'm worried sick ... Her little pants are now hanging off her little frame after all the weight she's dropping off ...... She started school on Friday I'm so hoping when the other children eat lunch she will ... Fingers crossed x

Sylvia - posted on 09/07/2013

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my 4 yr old goes on what I call "anorexic diet" regularly. BUT she still loves to eat cookies and treats, fruit and yogurt - while for everything else she is simply "not hungry". She also poops like no tomorrow. A doc told me once that a toddler can survive on a spoonful of food a day but 9 days might be a bit much?! Have you tried to give her stuff that she likes ie. treats?
A friend went through a similar thing so she started giving her son those dietary breakfast shakes because they are yummy (kinda like milk) yet filled with nutrients and stuff a body needs. Try that perhaps?

Michelle - posted on 09/07/2013

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I would be seeing another doctor! They aren't perfect and sometimes we have to follow our instincts and get 2nd opinions.
It's NOT normal for a 4yo to not eat for 9 days!!!!!

Loraina - posted on 09/07/2013

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id be worried sick. but thats me im a busy body mommy and anything and everything bothers me. wish i had a answer. but id just keep trying and trying. make food fun. make a game out of it. even if you have to get the junkiest junk food id do that.

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