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Okay i have a daughter who was diagnosed with cp at 1 she is almost 5 and keeps losing weight. she is 30 lbs. she has lost 6 lbs over the last few months...she always says she is not hungry. does have a hard time feeding her self. dr's are not worried about it. they say she is fine. but she will go all day and not eat! When she was a baby she did have acid reflux. and as a young toddler she had some texture issues. she would gag or throw up when she was given certain foods. is it possible for this to be happening? And also is there any thing i can i can give her or feed her to suppliment meals? thanks!
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Hi!

If your daughter had acid reflux issues and loss of appetite then this can be due to severe acidity, IBS, or due to malabsorption syndromes. Malabsorption syndromes are seen in intestinal tuberculosis, HIV (unlikely in her case), tropical sprue, parasites in stool and Whipple’s Disease. Diabetes too can be the cause.

Hence you need to first find the cause for her weight loss and treat it. Food supplements will only help if her gut absorbs them. Hence, it is important to first consult a GI doctor. You can give over the counter antacids and probiotics and see if this improves her appetite. Take care!
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