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Eating problems in a 2 year old - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   hi
User :   my daughter is 2 years 4 months old
Doctor :   how can I help you?
User :   since 3 weeks she has not been eating at all
User :   i try to force her and she cries
Doctor :   ok
User :   also she is cranky all the time
Doctor :   is she breast fed?
User :   yes
User :   for 15 months
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   after that?
Doctor :   I mean what is her normal diet?
User :   i have been giving her the local dairy milk
User :   and the normal diet
User :   rice, roti, vegetables, fruit, idly, dosa, etc
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is she having any other problem?
Doctor :   like fever?
User :   nothing
Doctor :   Diarrhoea?
User :   she is very normal
User :   active all the time
Doctor :   ok
User :   and she gets a good sleep also
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   her cry is normal also?

Doctor :   are you back?
User :   like from past 2 months she cries for everything that she wants and when we refuse to give her that
User :   she cries for say more than 1 hr
Doctor :   It shows you have moved away from the chat, so I close the window. Please log in again if you need further medical advice.
User :   i am back
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   plz proceed with your query
User :   regarding her cry
Doctor :   ok
User :   from past 2 months she is crying more than what she used to
Doctor :   pk
User :   she cries for whatever she wants and when we refuse to give her
User :   she cries for more than 1 hr
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   always?
Doctor :   she gets irritated with small things and starts crying?
User :   yes
User :   especially for her dresses, she wants to make the selection and when we don't agree with her selection, she starts crying
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is her growth normal?
User :   when she was born she was 2.1 kgs
Doctor :   OK
User :   now she is 9.5 kgs
User :   but most of it she gained during the first year
User :   2nd year, probably just 1-2 kgs
User :   and now from past 6 months her weight has remained the same
User :   her height during her birth was 18 inches and now she is 32.5 inches
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   she has given up bottle?
User :   i did not introduce bottle to her
User :   i used to feed her in a spoon
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is she walks?
User :   yes
User :   she started walking at the age of 12 months itself
Doctor :   good
Doctor :   during toilets is she requires your assistance?
User :   yes
Doctor :   does she tries to be independent?
User :   not yet
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   does she struggles during bath?
User :   no
User :   she loves to take bath
Doctor :   ok
User :   except for her eating habits, rest all are fine
User :   she is a very fussy and a poor eater
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what is her typical one day diet?
User :   2 glasses of milk, breakfast - idly/dosa/pongal etc, rice, dal, vegetables, and fruits
User :   now from past 3 weeks, she has not been eating rice
User :   i give her milk by forcibly feeding her
User :   she likes to eat bananas and mosambi juice
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   she doesnt likes rice and milk?
User :   no
User :   even the rest, she doesn't eat properly
User :   she eats little bit and says 'enough'.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   In my opinion
Doctor :   her weight is normal
User :   ok
Doctor :   but it is at the lower limit of normal
User :   ok
Doctor :   still it is ok
Doctor :   as the rest milestones of growth are normal
User :   ok
Doctor :   she has started walking
Doctor :   her height is good
User :   ok
Doctor :   overall her growth is pretty good
Doctor :   at this age baby tries to be independent
User :   ok
Doctor :   and cannot tolerate any interference
Doctor :   in their way
Doctor :   also they will not feed at a time
User :   ok
Doctor :   they will need food 5-7 times
User :   ok
Doctor :   but in very little quantity
User :   ok
Doctor :   you can feed her several times a day
User :   ok
Doctor :   by some tricks
User :   while she wants the Television to be on
Doctor :   like diverting her attention to some other objects
User :   she is very addicted to seeing cartoons
User :   is it ok ?
Doctor :   and then start feeding
Doctor :   yes
User :   ok
Doctor :   what you need to take care is your behavior
Doctor :   donot use TV as your substitute
Doctor :   you can use some picture books
User :   ok
Doctor :   watch cartoons with her
Doctor :   take her for short outings fequently
User :   ok
Doctor :   although discipline
Doctor :   is important
Doctor :   but dont give long speeches to her
User :   ok
User :   and one more is, she doesnt pass motions regularly
User :   alternate days and sometimes once in 2days
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   does she complains of stomach pain?
User :   she doesn't say anything
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you feel that whenever she doesnt passes her motion she is crying without any reason
User :   no
User :   she will be normal
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   in this age baby tries to control her stools and urine to a greater degree and as a body response to that sometimes there may be 5-7 episode s of motion and sometimes there will be none
User :   ok
Doctor :   never refuse your baby directly for anything
Doctor :   instead provide her alternatives
User :   ok
Doctor :   like dont do that
Doctor :   but you can do this thing
User :   ok
Doctor :   as baby eats everthing at this age
Doctor :   so one concern is the oral health
User :   ok
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
User :   i filled it
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   apetite in this age
Doctor :   is generally very less
Doctor :   so let her choose what she wants to eat
User :   ok
Doctor :   I think you have understood the child psychology at this age
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   thats all
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   sure
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