Hayleigh's Dietition Appointment

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ekcanada's picture
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Hayleigh's Dietition Appointment

I must say that I went into yesterday's appointment with very low expectations and was expecting her to tell me how to hide food - we are far past that!

Well, the appointment was fantastic. Never once did she make me feel bad, she listened for a good 20 minutes before saying anything and then we talked about what the kids need nutritionally at this age.

right now, Hayleigh is only eating hummus, yogurt and fruit. Very little else.

Our meal routines are exactly what they should be (no distractions - TV etc., all the family eats together and Hayleigh gets whatever we get and nothing "extra").

What we need to change is her milk intake. According to our health regions guide, she should be only having 2 servings of milk a day including yogurt. We triple or quadruple that on a daily basis. The dietition thought if we cut down on that, she may be open to eating more and more variety.

Even though she is growing, she may be missing the nutrients she needs from other foods. Once the milk is cut down, she will need to be assessed for growth.

As for the textural issues we are having (she is actually vomiting on some things). We are not supposed acknowledge anything at the table. If she takes a bite, we are supposed to ignore it, if she spits something out, or doesn't eat - ignore it. After we cut down on the milk intake, she may start eating more. If she does have textural issues, we will be referred to the Children's hospital for further assessment and treatment.

thanks for reading my novel but I am so excited about what she had to tell us!

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I'm glad the appointment went well. We have similar issues here, although maybe not quite as extreme. Sean is a MILKAHOLIC. He would be content to drink milk all day and not eat food. I was overjoyed last night because he asked for a piece of bread and butter and actually ate the whole thing. We also easily triple or quadruple that milk recommendation. I keep telling DH we need to cut him down or start replacing some of his milk refills with water or something, but it just never happens. But I agree, they can't get all their nutrition from nothing but dairy (the one food mine will eat consistently is cheese!). He is pretty good about eating fruit too, but that's about it... Cheese and fruit.

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Great to hear about your appointment, it makes so much sense!!

Will be reading this over and over again to try to help Maria too! Smile

April777's picture
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Uh-oh. I go overboard on milk here. :eek: I wonder if I could get her to eat more if I stopped. When you say 2 servings a day, what is a serving? How many ounces?

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I'm glad the appointment went well and that you got some useful advice. Good luck making the changes and let us know how it goes!

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"April777" wrote:

Uh-oh. I go overboard on milk here. :eek: I wonder if I could get her to eat more if I stopped. When you say 2 servings a day, what is a serving? How many ounces?

Here is a link to the same information they gave me...

http://www.healthyalberta.com/Documents/Food_Serving_Sizes_1_to_5_Yr_2008.pdf

Yesterday was the first day we tried it. We managed to get everything into her except for her protein. She did not eat dinner however and had a huge bedtime snack. Because we were told to give her everything we were eating and nothing "extra" for dinner she was totally turned off. I am hoping it turns around but I know it will be a bit of a struggle for a few weeks at least.

I was also told that decreasing the milk will help with her major constipation issues! We struggle on a daily basis with that!

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I'm going to check it out now, thank you!

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Sean drinks a TON of milk... Like I'd say at least 6-8oz sippy cups a day. We probably go through at least 3 gallons of his milk per week (he drinks whole, we drink skim). But he never really gets constipated. I guess we've been lucky there... We tried cutting out some milk yesterday and it didn't go well. He won't drink much water, so I don't really know how to get the fluid into him. We occasionally do a watered down juice. Does Hayleigh drink water?

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Mary - Hayleigh drinks both water and watered down juice. She never had milk outside of meal times (mostly yogurt for snacks is where the concern was) so we never had a problem that way yesterday. The fact that Sean doesn't like water is a tough one. I would start offering more watered down juice and just start diluting it more and more.

I do worry about her getting too much juice and I know there was a post about juice recently but I am talking about less than an inch at the bottom of her cup and the rest is water.

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"ekcanada" wrote:

What we need to change is her milk intake.

Don't I feel silly. This is exactly what I was going to recommend, but I don't think I responded to your post.

GL, hope it works for you!