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December 2nd, 2007, 10:30 AM
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My child sees a FTT Clinic and a nutritionist. They are saying things that are so opposite of each other. It is getting so frustrating. One person says do not let him graze. One person says let him eat while playing. One person says wake him up and feed him in the middle of the night. Another person says he is not getting enough sleep to help him grow. One person says use Instant Carnation Breakfast. Another person says use Pediasure. We asked his nutritionist about Scandishake. She is fine with us using it. FTT Clinic says it is for adults and could do something harmful to his kidneys. One person says give him kool-aid because of the sugar and extra calories there. Another person says no kool-aid at all. I am so frustrated and confused. How am I suppossed to know what advice to follow at all? Sorry for the venting but, I am so confused and wish I knew who to listen to.


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December 3rd, 2007, 05:24 AM
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My child sees a FTT Clinic and a nutritionist. They are saying things that are so opposite of each other. It is getting so frustrating. One person says do not let him graze. One person says let him eat while playing. One person says wake him up and feed him in the middle of the night. Another person says he is not getting enough sleep to help him grow. One person says use Instant Carnation Breakfast. Another person says use Pediasure. We asked his nutritionist about Scandishake. She is fine with us using it. FTT Clinic says it is for adults and could do something harmful to his kidneys. One person says give him kool-aid because of the sugar and extra calories there. Another person says no kool-aid at all. I am so frustrated and confused. How am I suppossed to know what advice to follow at all? Sorry for the venting but, I am so confused and wish I knew who to listen to.[/b]
I have had the same issues!!! I've seen two different nutritionists, a GI, and a FTT clinic feeding team. So many different, conflicting recommendations. It drives me crazy. I would cry about it all the time because it was so frustrating. Now, I'm just so used to it. What I do now is I just question them to get their reasoning behind every recommendation and go with the one that I feel is most right for my daughter.

DD used to scream and cry whenever we put her in the high chair and she wouldn't eat a bite. A nutritionist suggest a no-pressure approach to feeding to lessen the anxiety she feels, and a GI recommended we not allow her to tantrum her way out of a meal and not back down. Talk about opposites! We tried a little of both and determined that the no pressure approach was better for her. She has control issues, which I think is what led to all of these feeding problems. While I don't like relinquishing control to her on a disciplinary level, I think food is a very special case that she obviously has a lot of emotion about. I'd rather not continue to have her resent and fear food. So, that was what was right for my daughter. They don't know her like I do. Now she is past the fear of feeding, and I'm starting to ask more from her, like "One more bite," etc.

As for Carnation vs. Pediasure, I do both! One regret I have is that I mix some Carnation Instant Breakfast with every cup of milk, so now she doesn't like the taste of regular milk. I ran out of Carnation a few days ago, and she would NOT drink milk without it. My grocery store had run out, so I had to drive around looking for another place that sold it. So, if *I* had to pick between the two, I would go with Pediasure and keep milk something separate.
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December 3rd, 2007, 09:39 AM
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Thank You. I probably should do what I feel is right for my son too because I know him best. I just do not know what will be the best advice that will help him gain the weight he needs to gain. I do give plain milk so he does drink it too but, since he is not a big eater he also does not drink much of anything.






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that would be so frustratying. I am so sorry everyone gives you conflicting advise!
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