Dear expert, please share ur knowledge and experience with me on this topic. My daugter is August 2012 born. She had vomiting, loose greenish yellow stool with slight fresh blood in it at the end of stool on december 2014. This resolved in 2-3 days on medical treatment. She again had similar problem in april 2015. Blood in similar way appeared this time also. She also had heartburn on eating anything and she rubbed part where oesophagus jjoins stomach. Similar problem appeared this time again in september with high fever (102 ) . She recovered in 1 week. Please help me in knowing the proper line of treatment and also I am in suspicion that will it go with time. will she be completely fine on growing with a good appetite and weight. Presently she eats only few things of her likes with a demand that she will only eat when cartoon will be shown to her. Her weight is 11 kg

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you should consult a good gastroenterologist/paediatrician for this. As for her eating few foods only and with cartoon, this a behavioral problem common in toddlers. Children have Food Neophobia which is a fear of new foods, which leads to a reluctance to try new foods. However, all kids grow out of it. However, you could try the following tips to deal with your fussy little eater: Keep a gap of atleast 2-3 hours between each meal, so that your child is hungry enough to eat. Serve a very small portion of a new food earlier in the day, when your little one is most energetic and the least aggressive. Avoid pleading and pestering the child to eat. Your child might come to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration. Be a positive role model. Children like to mimic parents. So, if you'd like your child to eat a particular food, then you should eat too. If your child isn't hungry, don't force a meal. Kids generally regulate their appetites by eating when hungry, so don’t fret. Allowing your child to fill up on juice or milk for most part of the day might decrease her appetite for meals. Be creative and serve a variety of brightly colored foods and cut foods into various shapes. Turn off the television and other electronic gadgets during meals. This will help your child focus on eating. Don't prepare a separate meal for your child after she rejects the originally planned meal. Children can be manipulative. And this can lead to picky eating. Make positive comments about the food you are eating, such as "this is yummy!", your toddler may be more willing to try them. Junk food is a big no-no! Please don't introduce it this early to your child. She may be addicted to the wrong foods. This is likely to make your problems worse Praise your toddler when she eats well, because toddlers respond positively to praise. Always serve small portions. Toddlers can be overwhelmed by big platefuls and lose their appetite. Keep trying. It’s a given fact that it may take 10 or more exposures to new foods before a child accepts them Though her weight is on the lower side, once you overcome her fussy eating habits, she would gain weight too through eating a balanced diet. Hope this helps.

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