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allie5
11-08-2008, 09:04 PM
My 7 yr old daughter never has an appetite. She never gets excited about any kind of food that we offer to her. We tried Periacten but it didn't work and her nutritionist doesn't recommend any of the other appetite stimulants due to their side effects.

My question is......does anyone know of any herbs or natural supplements that increase appetite?

Thanks! Amy

allie5
11-08-2008, 09:04 PM
My 7 yr old daughter never has an appetite. She never gets excited about any kind of food that we offer to her. We tried Periacten but it didn't work and her nutritionist doesn't recommend any of the other appetite stimulants due to their side effects.

My question is......does anyone know of any herbs or natural supplements that increase appetite?

Thanks! Amy

allie5
11-08-2008, 09:04 PM
My 7 yr old daughter never has an appetite. She never gets excited about any kind of food that we offer to her. We tried Periacten but it didn't work and her nutritionist doesn't recommend any of the other appetite stimulants due to their side effects.

My question is......does anyone know of any herbs or natural supplements that increase appetite?

Thanks! Amy

allie5
11-08-2008, 09:04 PM
My 7 yr old daughter never has an appetite. She never gets excited about any kind of food that we offer to her. We tried Periacten but it didn't work and her nutritionist doesn't recommend any of the other appetite stimulants due to their side effects.

My question is......does anyone know of any herbs or natural supplements that increase appetite?

Thanks! Amy

allie5
11-08-2008, 09:04 PM
My 7 yr old daughter never has an appetite. She never gets excited about any kind of food that we offer to her. We tried Periacten but it didn't work and her nutritionist doesn't recommend any of the other appetite stimulants due to their side effects.
<br />
<br />My question is......does anyone know of any herbs or natural supplements that increase appetite?
<br />
<br />Thanks! Amy

MicheleGazelle
11-08-2008, 10:02 PM
I can't recommend an appetite stimulant per se. But I know I used to really force myself to eat because I needed to eat and was about ready to faint from low blood sugar, not because I had any appetite. As I have gotten healthier, that changed. In recent months, I am beginning to really enjoy food in a way that I never did before. It's not any one thing I have done. I did lots of things to get here. Some that I think are the most directly relevant to your question: I did things to help heal my gut and get off digestive enzymes and that helped me stop dreading eating and made it less of a chore to eat. And I got my excess acidity under control and that meant I had a lot less stomach upset. Etc.

Some things I would recommend starting with: Coconut oil and sea salt, plus either: glyconutrients (ideally) or aloe vera supplements and combining healthy carbs with sea salt and healthy fats. (I have some remarks on that here:
<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

Glyconutrients are pricey, but sea salt and coconut oil are some of the more affordable things I do and they both help me in so many ways. I would start with ONE thing at a time though, so you have some idea what effect each one has, and wait a week or two before adding the next thing. However, for me, combining these three things had a multiplier effect on what this did for me. It wasn't just like adding together the benefits. It went way beyond that. I would also start slow and ramp up gradually to see how she tolerates stuff. All of these things can promote diarrhea as they help the body heal and move crud out the system. Taking a high dose can cause really severe diarrhea, which can be a very negative experience. Though, for me, the diarrhea from taking supplements and gradually healing is nowhere near as miserable as the diarrhea from antibiotics and illness. It's mostly inconvenient (due to having to dash for the toilet and sit there a long time). I have learned to take extra supplements evenings and weekends, where it doesn't really matter if I have to do that.

Good luck with this.

MicheleGazelle
11-08-2008, 10:02 PM
I can't recommend an appetite stimulant per se. But I know I used to really force myself to eat because I needed to eat and was about ready to faint from low blood sugar, not because I had any appetite. As I have gotten healthier, that changed. In recent months, I am beginning to really enjoy food in a way that I never did before. It's not any one thing I have done. I did lots of things to get here. Some that I think are the most directly relevant to your question: I did things to help heal my gut and get off digestive enzymes and that helped me stop dreading eating and made it less of a chore to eat. And I got my excess acidity under control and that meant I had a lot less stomach upset. Etc.

Some things I would recommend starting with: Coconut oil and sea salt, plus either: glyconutrients (ideally) or aloe vera supplements and combining healthy carbs with sea salt and healthy fats. (I have some remarks on that here:
<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

Glyconutrients are pricey, but sea salt and coconut oil are some of the more affordable things I do and they both help me in so many ways. I would start with ONE thing at a time though, so you have some idea what effect each one has, and wait a week or two before adding the next thing. However, for me, combining these three things had a multiplier effect on what this did for me. It wasn't just like adding together the benefits. It went way beyond that. I would also start slow and ramp up gradually to see how she tolerates stuff. All of these things can promote diarrhea as they help the body heal and move crud out the system. Taking a high dose can cause really severe diarrhea, which can be a very negative experience. Though, for me, the diarrhea from taking supplements and gradually healing is nowhere near as miserable as the diarrhea from antibiotics and illness. It's mostly inconvenient (due to having to dash for the toilet and sit there a long time). I have learned to take extra supplements evenings and weekends, where it doesn't really matter if I have to do that.

Good luck with this.

MicheleGazelle
11-08-2008, 10:02 PM
I can't recommend an appetite stimulant per se. But I know I used to really force myself to eat because I needed to eat and was about ready to faint from low blood sugar, not because I had any appetite. As I have gotten healthier, that changed. In recent months, I am beginning to really enjoy food in a way that I never did before. It's not any one thing I have done. I did lots of things to get here. Some that I think are the most directly relevant to your question: I did things to help heal my gut and get off digestive enzymes and that helped me stop dreading eating and made it less of a chore to eat. And I got my excess acidity under control and that meant I had a lot less stomach upset. Etc.

Some things I would recommend starting with: Coconut oil and sea salt, plus either: glyconutrients (ideally) or aloe vera supplements and combining healthy carbs with sea salt and healthy fats. (I have some remarks on that here:
<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

Glyconutrients are pricey, but sea salt and coconut oil are some of the more affordable things I do and they both help me in so many ways. I would start with ONE thing at a time though, so you have some idea what effect each one has, and wait a week or two before adding the next thing. However, for me, combining these three things had a multiplier effect on what this did for me. It wasn't just like adding together the benefits. It went way beyond that. I would also start slow and ramp up gradually to see how she tolerates stuff. All of these things can promote diarrhea as they help the body heal and move crud out the system. Taking a high dose can cause really severe diarrhea, which can be a very negative experience. Though, for me, the diarrhea from taking supplements and gradually healing is nowhere near as miserable as the diarrhea from antibiotics and illness. It's mostly inconvenient (due to having to dash for the toilet and sit there a long time). I have learned to take extra supplements evenings and weekends, where it doesn't really matter if I have to do that.

Good luck with this.

MicheleGazelle
11-08-2008, 10:02 PM
I can't recommend an appetite stimulant per se. But I know I used to really force myself to eat because I needed to eat and was about ready to faint from low blood sugar, not because I had any appetite. As I have gotten healthier, that changed. In recent months, I am beginning to really enjoy food in a way that I never did before. It's not any one thing I have done. I did lots of things to get here. Some that I think are the most directly relevant to your question: I did things to help heal my gut and get off digestive enzymes and that helped me stop dreading eating and made it less of a chore to eat. And I got my excess acidity under control and that meant I had a lot less stomach upset. Etc.

Some things I would recommend starting with: Coconut oil and sea salt, plus either: glyconutrients (ideally) or aloe vera supplements and combining healthy carbs with sea salt and healthy fats. (I have some remarks on that here:
<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

Glyconutrients are pricey, but sea salt and coconut oil are some of the more affordable things I do and they both help me in so many ways. I would start with ONE thing at a time though, so you have some idea what effect each one has, and wait a week or two before adding the next thing. However, for me, combining these three things had a multiplier effect on what this did for me. It wasn't just like adding together the benefits. It went way beyond that. I would also start slow and ramp up gradually to see how she tolerates stuff. All of these things can promote diarrhea as they help the body heal and move crud out the system. Taking a high dose can cause really severe diarrhea, which can be a very negative experience. Though, for me, the diarrhea from taking supplements and gradually healing is nowhere near as miserable as the diarrhea from antibiotics and illness. It's mostly inconvenient (due to having to dash for the toilet and sit there a long time). I have learned to take extra supplements evenings and weekends, where it doesn't really matter if I have to do that.

Good luck with this.

MicheleGazelle
11-08-2008, 10:02 PM
I can't recommend an appetite stimulant per se. But I know I used to really force myself to eat because I needed to eat and was about ready to faint from low blood sugar, not because I had any appetite. As I have gotten healthier, that changed. In recent months, I am beginning to really enjoy food in a way that I never did before. It's not any one thing I have done. I did lots of things to get here. Some that I think are the most directly relevant to your question: I did things to help heal my gut and get off digestive enzymes and that helped me stop dreading eating and made it less of a chore to eat. And I got my excess acidity under control and that meant I had a lot less stomach upset. Etc.
<br />
<br />Some things I would recommend starting with: Coconut oil and sea salt, plus either: glyconutrients (ideally) or aloe vera supplements and combining healthy carbs with sea salt and healthy fats. (I have some remarks on that here:
<br /><a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>
<br />
<br />Glyconutrients are pricey, but sea salt and coconut oil are some of the more affordable things I do and they both help me in so many ways. I would start with ONE thing at a time though, so you have some idea what effect each one has, and wait a week or two before adding the next thing. However, for me, combining these three things had a multiplier effect on what this did for me. It wasn't just like adding together the benefits. It went way beyond that. I would also start slow and ramp up gradually to see how she tolerates stuff. All of these things can promote diarrhea as they help the body heal and move crud out the system. Taking a high dose can cause really severe diarrhea, which can be a very negative experience. Though, for me, the diarrhea from taking supplements and gradually healing is nowhere near as miserable as the diarrhea from antibiotics and illness. It's mostly inconvenient (due to having to dash for the toilet and sit there a long time). I have learned to take extra supplements evenings and weekends, where it doesn't really matter if I have to do that.
<br />
<br />Good luck with this.

Raynie
11-08-2008, 10:24 PM
As if this wasn't the answer to most CF problems.... exercise will make her hungry. After soccer, about 20 minutes later, I'm DYING for some food! Pile that plate up, step back, and inhale my meal.

This helps me! Hope it helps you too!

-Annie

Raynie
11-08-2008, 10:24 PM
As if this wasn't the answer to most CF problems.... exercise will make her hungry. After soccer, about 20 minutes later, I'm DYING for some food! Pile that plate up, step back, and inhale my meal.

This helps me! Hope it helps you too!

-Annie

Raynie
11-08-2008, 10:24 PM
As if this wasn't the answer to most CF problems.... exercise will make her hungry. After soccer, about 20 minutes later, I'm DYING for some food! Pile that plate up, step back, and inhale my meal.

This helps me! Hope it helps you too!

-Annie

Raynie
11-08-2008, 10:24 PM
As if this wasn't the answer to most CF problems.... exercise will make her hungry. After soccer, about 20 minutes later, I'm DYING for some food! Pile that plate up, step back, and inhale my meal.

This helps me! Hope it helps you too!

-Annie

Raynie
11-08-2008, 10:24 PM
As if this wasn't the answer to most CF problems.... exercise will make her hungry. After soccer, about 20 minutes later, I'm DYING for some food! Pile that plate up, step back, and inhale my meal.
<br />
<br />This helps me! Hope it helps you too!
<br />
<br />-Annie

KrazyKat
11-08-2008, 11:14 PM
I agree that exercise is probably the best natural appetite stimulant around, i get ravenous after a work out and will eat basically anything (most unusual for me, i am normally VERY picky!!).
Also, i've heard that siberian ginseng is a good herbal appetite stimulant and has other benefits as well, such as enhances memory and learning ability.

KrazyKat
11-08-2008, 11:14 PM
I agree that exercise is probably the best natural appetite stimulant around, i get ravenous after a work out and will eat basically anything (most unusual for me, i am normally VERY picky!!).
Also, i've heard that siberian ginseng is a good herbal appetite stimulant and has other benefits as well, such as enhances memory and learning ability.

KrazyKat
11-08-2008, 11:14 PM
I agree that exercise is probably the best natural appetite stimulant around, i get ravenous after a work out and will eat basically anything (most unusual for me, i am normally VERY picky!!).
Also, i've heard that siberian ginseng is a good herbal appetite stimulant and has other benefits as well, such as enhances memory and learning ability.

KrazyKat
11-08-2008, 11:14 PM
I agree that exercise is probably the best natural appetite stimulant around, i get ravenous after a work out and will eat basically anything (most unusual for me, i am normally VERY picky!!).
Also, i've heard that siberian ginseng is a good herbal appetite stimulant and has other benefits as well, such as enhances memory and learning ability.

KrazyKat
11-08-2008, 11:14 PM
I agree that exercise is probably the best natural appetite stimulant around, i get ravenous after a work out and will eat basically anything (most unusual for me, i am normally VERY picky!!).
<br />Also, i've heard that siberian ginseng is a good herbal appetite stimulant and has other benefits as well, such as enhances memory and learning ability.

cutiepatootie
11-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Here is a web site I found on improving appetite. I hope it will help you.

http://www.appetitefacts.com/loss-of-appetite/

cutiepatootie
11-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Here is a web site I found on improving appetite. I hope it will help you.

http://www.appetitefacts.com/loss-of-appetite/

cutiepatootie
11-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Here is a web site I found on improving appetite. I hope it will help you.

http://www.appetitefacts.com/loss-of-appetite/

cutiepatootie
11-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Here is a web site I found on improving appetite. I hope it will help you.

http://www.appetitefacts.com/loss-of-appetite/

cutiepatootie
11-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Here is a web site I found on improving appetite. I hope it will help you.

http://www.appetitefacts.com/loss-of-appetite/

lightNlife
11-09-2008, 01:26 AM
The trick to combating no appetite is to make sure that your child is getting as many calories per bite as possible when she does eat.

There's a great little game on CFVoice.com where kids can play a game to see how many calories they can put into a meal. A lot of CF clinics that use the site have found that by engaging the kids in the meal preparation helps them have a good attitude about food.

I'm not a mom, so I'm not a good authority on the psychology of getting a kid to eat. I do know that from my experience as a kid, I never wanted to eat much either at that age. Food was an argument waiting to happen, not something to be thought of as "good for me."

lightNlife
11-09-2008, 01:26 AM
The trick to combating no appetite is to make sure that your child is getting as many calories per bite as possible when she does eat.

There's a great little game on CFVoice.com where kids can play a game to see how many calories they can put into a meal. A lot of CF clinics that use the site have found that by engaging the kids in the meal preparation helps them have a good attitude about food.

I'm not a mom, so I'm not a good authority on the psychology of getting a kid to eat. I do know that from my experience as a kid, I never wanted to eat much either at that age. Food was an argument waiting to happen, not something to be thought of as "good for me."

lightNlife
11-09-2008, 01:26 AM
The trick to combating no appetite is to make sure that your child is getting as many calories per bite as possible when she does eat.

There's a great little game on CFVoice.com where kids can play a game to see how many calories they can put into a meal. A lot of CF clinics that use the site have found that by engaging the kids in the meal preparation helps them have a good attitude about food.

I'm not a mom, so I'm not a good authority on the psychology of getting a kid to eat. I do know that from my experience as a kid, I never wanted to eat much either at that age. Food was an argument waiting to happen, not something to be thought of as "good for me."

lightNlife
11-09-2008, 01:26 AM
The trick to combating no appetite is to make sure that your child is getting as many calories per bite as possible when she does eat.

There's a great little game on CFVoice.com where kids can play a game to see how many calories they can put into a meal. A lot of CF clinics that use the site have found that by engaging the kids in the meal preparation helps them have a good attitude about food.

I'm not a mom, so I'm not a good authority on the psychology of getting a kid to eat. I do know that from my experience as a kid, I never wanted to eat much either at that age. Food was an argument waiting to happen, not something to be thought of as "good for me."

lightNlife
11-09-2008, 01:26 AM
The trick to combating no appetite is to make sure that your child is getting as many calories per bite as possible when she does eat.
<br />
<br />There's a great little game on CFVoice.com where kids can play a game to see how many calories they can put into a meal. A lot of CF clinics that use the site have found that by engaging the kids in the meal preparation helps them have a good attitude about food.
<br />
<br />I'm not a mom, so I'm not a good authority on the psychology of getting a kid to eat. I do know that from my experience as a kid, I never wanted to eat much either at that age. Food was an argument waiting to happen, not something to be thought of as "good for me."
<br />
<br />

Melissa75
11-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Amy,
I do not have CF, only bronchiectasis, so take this advice with a grain of salt. My dad is a food regulation/safety reporter and editor and he has worked for government nutrition reform groups in the past. Also, I have a 6,5,and 3 year old. So those are my dubious credentials. Plus, my best friend's oldest, now seven, has always been below the 5 %ile for weight. I have watched her struggle with him as an infant. Now, she has given up, but he does not have an illness that depends on him maintaining weight--so I understand that you cannot give up.

Try to focus as much on vitamins as you do on calories i.e. less french fries, more avocado and healthy oils. You have to eat more healthy food to get the calories, but the eating habit will build and developing healthy habits when they are young is huge. My 3 yr old is my laziest eater but his threshhold for interesting foods is still way higher than most kids because I do not relent and allow day after day of pb&J and nuggets.

Bring her with you to the grocery store--a Whole Foods type store with a selection of things like gourmet nuts, olives, almond butter and coconut butter. These are all high calorie food that pack nutrients. Also, the pretty stores can get you excited about fattening delicious food--got one of mine to eat turnips and all to eat fennel.

Have her help you make the food with fun appliances like the hand held mixer: peanut butter cookies and guacamole (avocado, lime, tiny chopped onion, cilantro). Also, grating fresh fattening parmesan cheese.

I don't know if she is school age, my oldest two are K and 1st. When they come home they tend to be hungry. That is when I try the new foods: lentil stew (1/3 kids ate it), lamb with mint (2/3), papaya (3/3), salmon (3/3). I pay less attention to meal times and try to take advantage of the hungry times for the good food.

Good luck! I have to admit, doing all this takes time. For me, cooking for my kids, cleaning, being sick and some freelance editing are my only jobs. It is much harder for my working mom friends to make such a big deal about food.

Oh, one more piece of advice. Sit with her an eat, even if it is just a little. Cook the same things for the whole family if possible. I eat with my kids and make up a plate for my late-working husband.
_______
Melissa, 33, bronchiectasis

Melissa75
11-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Amy,
I do not have CF, only bronchiectasis, so take this advice with a grain of salt. My dad is a food regulation/safety reporter and editor and he has worked for government nutrition reform groups in the past. Also, I have a 6,5,and 3 year old. So those are my dubious credentials. Plus, my best friend's oldest, now seven, has always been below the 5 %ile for weight. I have watched her struggle with him as an infant. Now, she has given up, but he does not have an illness that depends on him maintaining weight--so I understand that you cannot give up.

Try to focus as much on vitamins as you do on calories i.e. less french fries, more avocado and healthy oils. You have to eat more healthy food to get the calories, but the eating habit will build and developing healthy habits when they are young is huge. My 3 yr old is my laziest eater but his threshhold for interesting foods is still way higher than most kids because I do not relent and allow day after day of pb&J and nuggets.

Bring her with you to the grocery store--a Whole Foods type store with a selection of things like gourmet nuts, olives, almond butter and coconut butter. These are all high calorie food that pack nutrients. Also, the pretty stores can get you excited about fattening delicious food--got one of mine to eat turnips and all to eat fennel.

Have her help you make the food with fun appliances like the hand held mixer: peanut butter cookies and guacamole (avocado, lime, tiny chopped onion, cilantro). Also, grating fresh fattening parmesan cheese.

I don't know if she is school age, my oldest two are K and 1st. When they come home they tend to be hungry. That is when I try the new foods: lentil stew (1/3 kids ate it), lamb with mint (2/3), papaya (3/3), salmon (3/3). I pay less attention to meal times and try to take advantage of the hungry times for the good food.

Good luck! I have to admit, doing all this takes time. For me, cooking for my kids, cleaning, being sick and some freelance editing are my only jobs. It is much harder for my working mom friends to make such a big deal about food.

Oh, one more piece of advice. Sit with her an eat, even if it is just a little. Cook the same things for the whole family if possible. I eat with my kids and make up a plate for my late-working husband.
_______
Melissa, 33, bronchiectasis

Melissa75
11-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Amy,
I do not have CF, only bronchiectasis, so take this advice with a grain of salt. My dad is a food regulation/safety reporter and editor and he has worked for government nutrition reform groups in the past. Also, I have a 6,5,and 3 year old. So those are my dubious credentials. Plus, my best friend's oldest, now seven, has always been below the 5 %ile for weight. I have watched her struggle with him as an infant. Now, she has given up, but he does not have an illness that depends on him maintaining weight--so I understand that you cannot give up.

Try to focus as much on vitamins as you do on calories i.e. less french fries, more avocado and healthy oils. You have to eat more healthy food to get the calories, but the eating habit will build and developing healthy habits when they are young is huge. My 3 yr old is my laziest eater but his threshhold for interesting foods is still way higher than most kids because I do not relent and allow day after day of pb&J and nuggets.

Bring her with you to the grocery store--a Whole Foods type store with a selection of things like gourmet nuts, olives, almond butter and coconut butter. These are all high calorie food that pack nutrients. Also, the pretty stores can get you excited about fattening delicious food--got one of mine to eat turnips and all to eat fennel.

Have her help you make the food with fun appliances like the hand held mixer: peanut butter cookies and guacamole (avocado, lime, tiny chopped onion, cilantro). Also, grating fresh fattening parmesan cheese.

I don't know if she is school age, my oldest two are K and 1st. When they come home they tend to be hungry. That is when I try the new foods: lentil stew (1/3 kids ate it), lamb with mint (2/3), papaya (3/3), salmon (3/3). I pay less attention to meal times and try to take advantage of the hungry times for the good food.

Good luck! I have to admit, doing all this takes time. For me, cooking for my kids, cleaning, being sick and some freelance editing are my only jobs. It is much harder for my working mom friends to make such a big deal about food.

Oh, one more piece of advice. Sit with her an eat, even if it is just a little. Cook the same things for the whole family if possible. I eat with my kids and make up a plate for my late-working husband.
_______
Melissa, 33, bronchiectasis

Melissa75
11-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Amy,
I do not have CF, only bronchiectasis, so take this advice with a grain of salt. My dad is a food regulation/safety reporter and editor and he has worked for government nutrition reform groups in the past. Also, I have a 6,5,and 3 year old. So those are my dubious credentials. Plus, my best friend's oldest, now seven, has always been below the 5 %ile for weight. I have watched her struggle with him as an infant. Now, she has given up, but he does not have an illness that depends on him maintaining weight--so I understand that you cannot give up.

Try to focus as much on vitamins as you do on calories i.e. less french fries, more avocado and healthy oils. You have to eat more healthy food to get the calories, but the eating habit will build and developing healthy habits when they are young is huge. My 3 yr old is my laziest eater but his threshhold for interesting foods is still way higher than most kids because I do not relent and allow day after day of pb&J and nuggets.

Bring her with you to the grocery store--a Whole Foods type store with a selection of things like gourmet nuts, olives, almond butter and coconut butter. These are all high calorie food that pack nutrients. Also, the pretty stores can get you excited about fattening delicious food--got one of mine to eat turnips and all to eat fennel.

Have her help you make the food with fun appliances like the hand held mixer: peanut butter cookies and guacamole (avocado, lime, tiny chopped onion, cilantro). Also, grating fresh fattening parmesan cheese.

I don't know if she is school age, my oldest two are K and 1st. When they come home they tend to be hungry. That is when I try the new foods: lentil stew (1/3 kids ate it), lamb with mint (2/3), papaya (3/3), salmon (3/3). I pay less attention to meal times and try to take advantage of the hungry times for the good food.

Good luck! I have to admit, doing all this takes time. For me, cooking for my kids, cleaning, being sick and some freelance editing are my only jobs. It is much harder for my working mom friends to make such a big deal about food.

Oh, one more piece of advice. Sit with her an eat, even if it is just a little. Cook the same things for the whole family if possible. I eat with my kids and make up a plate for my late-working husband.
_______
Melissa, 33, bronchiectasis

Melissa75
11-09-2008, 10:50 AM
Amy,
<br />I do not have CF, only bronchiectasis, so take this advice with a grain of salt. My dad is a food regulation/safety reporter and editor and he has worked for government nutrition reform groups in the past. Also, I have a 6,5,and 3 year old. So those are my dubious credentials. Plus, my best friend's oldest, now seven, has always been below the 5 %ile for weight. I have watched her struggle with him as an infant. Now, she has given up, but he does not have an illness that depends on him maintaining weight--so I understand that you cannot give up.
<br />
<br />Try to focus as much on vitamins as you do on calories i.e. less french fries, more avocado and healthy oils. You have to eat more healthy food to get the calories, but the eating habit will build and developing healthy habits when they are young is huge. My 3 yr old is my laziest eater but his threshhold for interesting foods is still way higher than most kids because I do not relent and allow day after day of pb&J and nuggets.
<br />
<br />Bring her with you to the grocery store--a Whole Foods type store with a selection of things like gourmet nuts, olives, almond butter and coconut butter. These are all high calorie food that pack nutrients. Also, the pretty stores can get you excited about fattening delicious food--got one of mine to eat turnips and all to eat fennel.
<br />
<br />Have her help you make the food with fun appliances like the hand held mixer: peanut butter cookies and guacamole (avocado, lime, tiny chopped onion, cilantro). Also, grating fresh fattening parmesan cheese.
<br />
<br />I don't know if she is school age, my oldest two are K and 1st. When they come home they tend to be hungry. That is when I try the new foods: lentil stew (1/3 kids ate it), lamb with mint (2/3), papaya (3/3), salmon (3/3). I pay less attention to meal times and try to take advantage of the hungry times for the good food.
<br />
<br />Good luck! I have to admit, doing all this takes time. For me, cooking for my kids, cleaning, being sick and some freelance editing are my only jobs. It is much harder for my working mom friends to make such a big deal about food.
<br />
<br />Oh, one more piece of advice. Sit with her an eat, even if it is just a little. Cook the same things for the whole family if possible. I eat with my kids and make up a plate for my late-working husband.
<br />_______
<br />Melissa, 33, bronchiectasis

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Oh its so frustrating to have a kid who just won't eat. With Josh we tried everything! He had no appetite and no interest in most kinds of food. We bought all kinds of high calorie food and supplements that people suggested, which are expensive and usually got thrown away. He's a very active kid so exercise didn't even help. We tried marinol, megace and periactin with no results. We added extra calories to the food he did eat, but he craved fruit and veggies. We even had him in a behavioral/ nutrition class. AGGGHHHH Have you tried giving her a probiotic? Just a thought.

People who don't deal with this can't possibly understand how frustrating it is. Good luck and hugs to you. You're doing the right thing.

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Oh its so frustrating to have a kid who just won't eat. With Josh we tried everything! He had no appetite and no interest in most kinds of food. We bought all kinds of high calorie food and supplements that people suggested, which are expensive and usually got thrown away. He's a very active kid so exercise didn't even help. We tried marinol, megace and periactin with no results. We added extra calories to the food he did eat, but he craved fruit and veggies. We even had him in a behavioral/ nutrition class. AGGGHHHH Have you tried giving her a probiotic? Just a thought.

People who don't deal with this can't possibly understand how frustrating it is. Good luck and hugs to you. You're doing the right thing.

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Oh its so frustrating to have a kid who just won't eat. With Josh we tried everything! He had no appetite and no interest in most kinds of food. We bought all kinds of high calorie food and supplements that people suggested, which are expensive and usually got thrown away. He's a very active kid so exercise didn't even help. We tried marinol, megace and periactin with no results. We added extra calories to the food he did eat, but he craved fruit and veggies. We even had him in a behavioral/ nutrition class. AGGGHHHH Have you tried giving her a probiotic? Just a thought.

People who don't deal with this can't possibly understand how frustrating it is. Good luck and hugs to you. You're doing the right thing.

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Oh its so frustrating to have a kid who just won't eat. With Josh we tried everything! He had no appetite and no interest in most kinds of food. We bought all kinds of high calorie food and supplements that people suggested, which are expensive and usually got thrown away. He's a very active kid so exercise didn't even help. We tried marinol, megace and periactin with no results. We added extra calories to the food he did eat, but he craved fruit and veggies. We even had him in a behavioral/ nutrition class. AGGGHHHH Have you tried giving her a probiotic? Just a thought.

People who don't deal with this can't possibly understand how frustrating it is. Good luck and hugs to you. You're doing the right thing.

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Oh its so frustrating to have a kid who just won't eat. With Josh we tried everything! He had no appetite and no interest in most kinds of food. We bought all kinds of high calorie food and supplements that people suggested, which are expensive and usually got thrown away. He's a very active kid so exercise didn't even help. We tried marinol, megace and periactin with no results. We added extra calories to the food he did eat, but he craved fruit and veggies. We even had him in a behavioral/ nutrition class. AGGGHHHH Have you tried giving her a probiotic? Just a thought.
<br />
<br />People who don't deal with this can't possibly understand how frustrating it is. Good luck and hugs to you. You're doing the right thing.
<br />
<br />

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>

<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

.</end quote></div>

Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>

<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

.</end quote></div>

Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>

<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

.</end quote></div>

Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>

<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>

.</end quote>

Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!

Jane
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>
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<br />Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!

Transplantmommy
11-09-2008, 01:41 PM
If she doesn't have an appetite does she drink anything? If she drinks a lot then I would give her the drinks that will have the calories and fat in them.....Carnation Instant Breakfast, Pediasure, Boost, Ensure....whatever you can get your hands on. I remember that my Mom used to get Rx's for that stuff and the insurance would cover it since it's so expensive. Depending on what insurance you have, you might want to try that.

I have never had to use an appetite stimulant so I can't help you there. I was just thinking that if you can't get your hands on one, you might want to try the drinks if you haven't yet because at least she's getting something then.

Transplantmommy
11-09-2008, 01:41 PM
If she doesn't have an appetite does she drink anything? If she drinks a lot then I would give her the drinks that will have the calories and fat in them.....Carnation Instant Breakfast, Pediasure, Boost, Ensure....whatever you can get your hands on. I remember that my Mom used to get Rx's for that stuff and the insurance would cover it since it's so expensive. Depending on what insurance you have, you might want to try that.

I have never had to use an appetite stimulant so I can't help you there. I was just thinking that if you can't get your hands on one, you might want to try the drinks if you haven't yet because at least she's getting something then.

Transplantmommy
11-09-2008, 01:41 PM
If she doesn't have an appetite does she drink anything? If she drinks a lot then I would give her the drinks that will have the calories and fat in them.....Carnation Instant Breakfast, Pediasure, Boost, Ensure....whatever you can get your hands on. I remember that my Mom used to get Rx's for that stuff and the insurance would cover it since it's so expensive. Depending on what insurance you have, you might want to try that.

I have never had to use an appetite stimulant so I can't help you there. I was just thinking that if you can't get your hands on one, you might want to try the drinks if you haven't yet because at least she's getting something then.

Transplantmommy
11-09-2008, 01:41 PM
If she doesn't have an appetite does she drink anything? If she drinks a lot then I would give her the drinks that will have the calories and fat in them.....Carnation Instant Breakfast, Pediasure, Boost, Ensure....whatever you can get your hands on. I remember that my Mom used to get Rx's for that stuff and the insurance would cover it since it's so expensive. Depending on what insurance you have, you might want to try that.

I have never had to use an appetite stimulant so I can't help you there. I was just thinking that if you can't get your hands on one, you might want to try the drinks if you haven't yet because at least she's getting something then.

Transplantmommy
11-09-2008, 01:41 PM
If she doesn't have an appetite does she drink anything? If she drinks a lot then I would give her the drinks that will have the calories and fat in them.....Carnation Instant Breakfast, Pediasure, Boost, Ensure....whatever you can get your hands on. I remember that my Mom used to get Rx's for that stuff and the insurance would cover it since it's so expensive. Depending on what insurance you have, you might want to try that.
<br />
<br />I have never had to use an appetite stimulant so I can't help you there. I was just thinking that if you can't get your hands on one, you might want to try the drinks if you haven't yet because at least she's getting something then.

MicheleGazelle
11-09-2008, 02:58 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Jane</b></i>

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>



<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>



.</end quote></div>



Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!</end quote></div>

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MicheleGazelle
11-09-2008, 02:58 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Jane</b></i>

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>



<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>



.</end quote></div>



Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!</end quote></div>

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

MicheleGazelle
11-09-2008, 02:58 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Jane</b></i>

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>



<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>



.</end quote></div>



Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!</end quote></div>

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

MicheleGazelle
11-09-2008, 02:58 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Jane</b></i>

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>



<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://www.healthgazelle.org/combiningseasaltcarbsandhealthyfats.shtml">http://www.healthgazelle.org/c...bsandhealthyfats.shtml</a>



.</end quote>



Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!</end quote>

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

MicheleGazelle
11-09-2008, 02:58 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Jane</b></i>
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<br /><div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>MicheleGazelle</b></i>
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<br />Great stuff there Michelle- thanks!</end quote>
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allie5
11-10-2008, 01:13 PM
Wow...thanks to everyone for all the great information. I'm going to try some of it this week. Mealtimes are SO frustrating I can't even stand it sometimes. she's not quite old enough to understand how important it is for her to eat.

allie5
11-10-2008, 01:13 PM
Wow...thanks to everyone for all the great information. I'm going to try some of it this week. Mealtimes are SO frustrating I can't even stand it sometimes. she's not quite old enough to understand how important it is for her to eat.

allie5
11-10-2008, 01:13 PM
Wow...thanks to everyone for all the great information. I'm going to try some of it this week. Mealtimes are SO frustrating I can't even stand it sometimes. she's not quite old enough to understand how important it is for her to eat.

allie5
11-10-2008, 01:13 PM
Wow...thanks to everyone for all the great information. I'm going to try some of it this week. Mealtimes are SO frustrating I can't even stand it sometimes. she's not quite old enough to understand how important it is for her to eat.

allie5
11-10-2008, 01:13 PM
Wow...thanks to everyone for all the great information. I'm going to try some of it this week. Mealtimes are SO frustrating I can't even stand it sometimes. she's not quite old enough to understand how important it is for her to eat.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:16 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:16 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:16 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:16 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:16 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.
<br />
<br />Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.
<br />
<br />These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. Hope it helps.
<br />
<br />Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:18 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. He hates to eat - has no appetite and these are power packed with calories. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:18 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. He hates to eat - has no appetite and these are power packed with calories. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:18 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. He hates to eat - has no appetite and these are power packed with calories. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:18 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.

Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.

These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. He hates to eat - has no appetite and these are power packed with calories. Hope it helps.

Hope it helps.

melodylovesmatt
11-11-2008, 08:18 PM
"Mighty Milk" - 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup cream, chocolate or strawberry syrup to taste. This combination has 1000 calories in a 16oz serving. You can adjust the cream down if it's too thick but it tastes like a milkshake and has a lot of fat and calories without a ton of carbs.
<br />
<br />Or ScandiShakes - nutritional supplement - using 2 packs in 8oz of 2% milk. Again around 1000 calories and not much quantity but it has more carbs.
<br />
<br />These have helped my Matt gain 40 pounds over the course of 2.5 years. He hates to eat - has no appetite and these are power packed with calories. Hope it helps.
<br />
<br />Hope it helps.

kmaried
11-11-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi Amy,

I'm not a parent, but I'm a CF adult who used to be a kid who didn't want to eat. To my mom's dismay I used to choose fruit and jello over any fattening dessert. She tried to force scandishakes at one point even though I said I didn't like them (still don't)... that led me to lock myself in the bathroom.

I still have problems eating sometimes. Keep in mind when you're really congested you sometimes already 'feel' full. I think sometimes we swallow mucous which doesn't sit well in our stomachs either. Some ideas - keep food accessible to her. My mom keeps snack foods in jars on the counter. Grabbing a few nuts or crackers throughout the day can add up. She'd also make me food and put it within reach even if i said i wasn't hungry. I might not feel good and think i dont want to eat, but sometimes once i smell it, or it's within arms reach, i want it!

I've used appetite stimulants and loved them (megace) but they can have a negative impact on glucose levels... so I guess it's a question of how badly you need the weight.

Hope this helps!

Good luck <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Kris
26 w/CF

kmaried
11-11-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi Amy,

I'm not a parent, but I'm a CF adult who used to be a kid who didn't want to eat. To my mom's dismay I used to choose fruit and jello over any fattening dessert. She tried to force scandishakes at one point even though I said I didn't like them (still don't)... that led me to lock myself in the bathroom.

I still have problems eating sometimes. Keep in mind when you're really congested you sometimes already 'feel' full. I think sometimes we swallow mucous which doesn't sit well in our stomachs either. Some ideas - keep food accessible to her. My mom keeps snack foods in jars on the counter. Grabbing a few nuts or crackers throughout the day can add up. She'd also make me food and put it within reach even if i said i wasn't hungry. I might not feel good and think i dont want to eat, but sometimes once i smell it, or it's within arms reach, i want it!

I've used appetite stimulants and loved them (megace) but they can have a negative impact on glucose levels... so I guess it's a question of how badly you need the weight.

Hope this helps!

Good luck <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Kris
26 w/CF

kmaried
11-11-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi Amy,

I'm not a parent, but I'm a CF adult who used to be a kid who didn't want to eat. To my mom's dismay I used to choose fruit and jello over any fattening dessert. She tried to force scandishakes at one point even though I said I didn't like them (still don't)... that led me to lock myself in the bathroom.

I still have problems eating sometimes. Keep in mind when you're really congested you sometimes already 'feel' full. I think sometimes we swallow mucous which doesn't sit well in our stomachs either. Some ideas - keep food accessible to her. My mom keeps snack foods in jars on the counter. Grabbing a few nuts or crackers throughout the day can add up. She'd also make me food and put it within reach even if i said i wasn't hungry. I might not feel good and think i dont want to eat, but sometimes once i smell it, or it's within arms reach, i want it!

I've used appetite stimulants and loved them (megace) but they can have a negative impact on glucose levels... so I guess it's a question of how badly you need the weight.

Hope this helps!

Good luck <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Kris
26 w/CF

kmaried
11-11-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi Amy,

I'm not a parent, but I'm a CF adult who used to be a kid who didn't want to eat. To my mom's dismay I used to choose fruit and jello over any fattening dessert. She tried to force scandishakes at one point even though I said I didn't like them (still don't)... that led me to lock myself in the bathroom.

I still have problems eating sometimes. Keep in mind when you're really congested you sometimes already 'feel' full. I think sometimes we swallow mucous which doesn't sit well in our stomachs either. Some ideas - keep food accessible to her. My mom keeps snack foods in jars on the counter. Grabbing a few nuts or crackers throughout the day can add up. She'd also make me food and put it within reach even if i said i wasn't hungry. I might not feel good and think i dont want to eat, but sometimes once i smell it, or it's within arms reach, i want it!

I've used appetite stimulants and loved them (megace) but they can have a negative impact on glucose levels... so I guess it's a question of how badly you need the weight.

Hope this helps!

Good luck <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

Kris
26 w/CF

kmaried
11-11-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi Amy,
<br />
<br />I'm not a parent, but I'm a CF adult who used to be a kid who didn't want to eat. To my mom's dismay I used to choose fruit and jello over any fattening dessert. She tried to force scandishakes at one point even though I said I didn't like them (still don't)... that led me to lock myself in the bathroom.
<br />
<br />I still have problems eating sometimes. Keep in mind when you're really congested you sometimes already 'feel' full. I think sometimes we swallow mucous which doesn't sit well in our stomachs either. Some ideas - keep food accessible to her. My mom keeps snack foods in jars on the counter. Grabbing a few nuts or crackers throughout the day can add up. She'd also make me food and put it within reach even if i said i wasn't hungry. I might not feel good and think i dont want to eat, but sometimes once i smell it, or it's within arms reach, i want it!
<br />
<br />I've used appetite stimulants and loved them (megace) but they can have a negative impact on glucose levels... so I guess it's a question of how badly you need the weight.
<br />
<br />Hope this helps!
<br />
<br />Good luck <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">
<br />
<br />Kris
<br />26 w/CF

Ricky123
11-12-2008, 08:11 AM
she may see food as a burden and something that has to be done ie docs telling her all the time to eat cos its good for her cf,so there maybe a negative correlation with her attitude to food,

i would say find something she likes(and is healthy) and try scandishakes (chocalte flavour is nice)as there good for calories, i aslo feel most children like their food and if someone doesnt try asking her and finding out what the real underlying cause is,beacuse food and not eating enough may be a underlying issue for something that is deeper and possibly troubling her and is being taking out on her negative stance towards eating or it may be simply something physical that is preventing her from eating ,be it stomach probs etc etc etc

Ricky123
11-12-2008, 08:11 AM
she may see food as a burden and something that has to be done ie docs telling her all the time to eat cos its good for her cf,so there maybe a negative correlation with her attitude to food,

i would say find something she likes(and is healthy) and try scandishakes (chocalte flavour is nice)as there good for calories, i aslo feel most children like their food and if someone doesnt try asking her and finding out what the real underlying cause is,beacuse food and not eating enough may be a underlying issue for something that is deeper and possibly troubling her and is being taking out on her negative stance towards eating or it may be simply something physical that is preventing her from eating ,be it stomach probs etc etc etc

Ricky123
11-12-2008, 08:11 AM
she may see food as a burden and something that has to be done ie docs telling her all the time to eat cos its good for her cf,so there maybe a negative correlation with her attitude to food,

i would say find something she likes(and is healthy) and try scandishakes (chocalte flavour is nice)as there good for calories, i aslo feel most children like their food and if someone doesnt try asking her and finding out what the real underlying cause is,beacuse food and not eating enough may be a underlying issue for something that is deeper and possibly troubling her and is being taking out on her negative stance towards eating or it may be simply something physical that is preventing her from eating ,be it stomach probs etc etc etc

Ricky123
11-12-2008, 08:11 AM
she may see food as a burden and something that has to be done ie docs telling her all the time to eat cos its good for her cf,so there maybe a negative correlation with her attitude to food,

i would say find something she likes(and is healthy) and try scandishakes (chocalte flavour is nice)as there good for calories, i aslo feel most children like their food and if someone doesnt try asking her and finding out what the real underlying cause is,beacuse food and not eating enough may be a underlying issue for something that is deeper and possibly troubling her and is being taking out on her negative stance towards eating or it may be simply something physical that is preventing her from eating ,be it stomach probs etc etc etc

Ricky123
11-12-2008, 08:11 AM
she may see food as a burden and something that has to be done ie docs telling her all the time to eat cos its good for her cf,so there maybe a negative correlation with her attitude to food,
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<br />i would say find something she likes(and is healthy) and try scandishakes (chocalte flavour is nice)as there good for calories, i aslo feel most children like their food and if someone doesnt try asking her and finding out what the real underlying cause is,beacuse food and not eating enough may be a underlying issue for something that is deeper and possibly troubling her and is being taking out on her negative stance towards eating or it may be simply something physical that is preventing her from eating ,be it stomach probs etc etc etc