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Dec 01, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Eating has always been a struggle for my 2 year old. Ever since he was on formula, it was a fight to make him drink. I kept telling myself that this would get better as he got older and was able to try different things. The problem is, it's not getting better at all. My family and I have tried everything under the sun that we can think of to offer him to eat. I know that CF kids are supposed to consume 50% more calories than healthy kids and to be honest, I'm having trouble even getting him to consume what most healthy kids do! As of now he is pancreatic sufficient.
He refuses the normal kid favorites like mac and cheese, grilled cheese, and any kind of meat all together other than occasionally a weiner or chicken nugget. He also refuses to drink anything with milk or any kind of pediasure or 'milk like' product. This makes it hard to hide any extra calories. One thing I can usually make him eat is yogurt or pudding with heavy whipping cream. And we do this at least once a day. He used to eat mashed potatoes but now he refuses them too.
We are just about at our limits, and it seems like every meal ends with tears for both of us. Not only is it stressing me out, but it obviously stresses him too. His nutritionist is saying it's probably just a phase and that we're doing everything we can do. I just wonder if there's more. I read about Scandical today (something my clinic had never mentioned before, but could easily be added to his juice) and I ordered 2 of them..can't wait to try them! I need some help from other moms who are going through the same thing. Are there any other products like 'scandical' or can anyone offer advice on adding calories and fat to his diet when he seems to have NO appetite? (Keep in mind he refuses Pediasure, Boost, or anything with mlk)