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He was constantly sick and would rarely eat. Now he is so picky and if he gets sick he stops eating

My almost 4 year old has had a very tough start healthwise to life (he was born with a tallipe) got molluscum contagiarnim (sorry that is not how it is spelt) and has had chronic tonsilitus since birth (only diagnosed when he was over 3 years old). He was constantly sick and would rarely eat. Now tonsils are out but he is so picky and if he gets sick he stops eating. What suggestions can you give me to help improve his diet.

Leann...
Answer: Hi There, often eating is one of the things that drops off when little ones are unwell and it sounds like you will have all been under a lot of stress of the time. I would recommend seeing a good health care professional about getting your sons nutritional bases covered. It may mean a good children`s meal supplement, for example Kids Meta Meal or similar, there are some excellent ones around. Once any possible deficiencies are covered this is likely to help with his immunity, and at least reduce the number of pathogens that can take hold. From there you will have a good backstop so you can slowly build on his eating habits and work upwards without stress. You could start with a naturopath, or a nutritionist or dietitian. Naturopaths have a very wholistic view of immunity so they can be a good starting point. Below are some websites to help find someone in your area; ask them what area (age group and health issues) they tend to see most and when you find someone who has dealt a lot with children go from there. - www.daa.asn.au - www.nsa.asn.au - www.atms.com.au I hope this is okay, it`s a brief answer to a wide challenge; but at the end of the day, nutrient deficiencies such as iron and zinc (to name just two of many) can play havoc with immunity. So potentially addressing this area can be the key to a whole cascade of issues. Wishing you lots of luck with it. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 01 Jun 2009