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I thought this might be an interesting topic.
What kind of advice would you give to parents of kids newly diagnosed as FTT?
If you had heard this advice when your child was newly diagnosed what would you have done differently (if anything)?
Try not to stress about it. Stressing won't change the situation, and if anything can make it worse. If you stress about what your child is eating and how much your child will pick up on that and may eat even less. And there are perks to be small, they don't outgrow their clothes as often
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
Try not to stress about it. Stressing won't change the situation, and if anything can make it worse. If you stress about what your child is eating and how much your child will pick up on that and may eat even less. And there are perks to be small, they don't outgrow their clothes as often [/b]
Gotta this! I got so stressed out about it and I would get immediately depressed even just getting her food ready for a meal that I knew was never going to happen.
Anna never grew into her 12-18 month clothes last summer, but she'll be finally wearing them this summer after she turns 2!
Rosalie, Mommy to Anna (05/06) and Thomas (10/08)
I guess i'd tell them that they are NOT alone, it is NOT their fault, and like Rosalie said... to try not to become more stressed than necessary. It is what it is, and you CAN handle it.
I also might tell them to trust their motherly/fatherly instincts, as sometimes it's hard to know what's right when you have different opinions coming at you from various doctors, WIC, friend and family, daycare, etc... You know your child best, and you are their best advocate.
As for me... what might i have done differently? I'm not sure... I think i honestly did the best i could with what i had at the time.