One of my friends kid is having a problem like, he will eat continuously. Post medical examinations doctors confirmed that there is no cure for that.

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One of my friends kid is having a problem like, he will eat continuously. Post medical examinations doctors confirmed that there is no cure for that. The kids age is 2 years. Could any doctor educate us on this or share the treatment details if you are already treating / treated such kind of kids will be much appreciated.

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    I'm a mental health nurse who specialises in psychotheraries. I don't work with children but i am a mum. 'Cure' is a funny word, suggesting instant fixes and no, there's nothing like that for this lad - but there's plenty that his mum and those around him can do. First, I'd suggest working out just what he's eating and having a go at substituting healthy foods, if the present ones aren't. Then, I'd suggest trying distraction - is he perhaps highly intelligent and lacking in stimulation? It's amazing how much stimulation some 2 year olds can take. Perhaps other adults and older children could help with his needs to be taught things. If mum can work out what he likes best, then he can be rewarded for stopping eating by doing that thing. another thing to consider is what his emotional state is. Is he eating because he's anxious, ? Common anxieties in his age group are about getting separated from mum, fear of older siblings (or others) bullying them, fear of the monster under the bed, - you name it. A 2 year old's interpretation of what's in their own home can be VERY different from an adult's, or even an older child's. Perhpas he is angry and doesn't want to / has been told not to have a tantrum? I'd suggest mum keeps a diary about anything and everything that occurs to her for a week and then reads it back to see if she can see any themes emerging, What, for instance happens when she witholds a snack and gives some other form of attention or comfort - a cuddle, time together playing trains..... whatever winds his key.Perhaps a friend to go through a weekly diary with her would help - supply a more objective view . Perhaps you could be that person? I'm assuming in saying all this that he's been checked up for any possible physical causes such as the inability to absorb certain elements of his diet etc Finally, perhaps not to worry too much if mum still can't make any headway. Most children have odd habits that they grow out of in the end. As someone once said to me when I despaired of ever getting my 2 year old daughter dry 'They're all going to be dry at 18'! That helped me to relax.... and that helped her. So....I expect he'll HAVE to stop eating when he goes to nursery, or failing that, to school.. I'm glad she has a friend who's supportive - I'm sure she must be in need of one right now. Hope I've been of some help smile Good luck.
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    I thank you for taking time in writing me back. I just came to know that this baby's problem is PWS (Prader Willy Syndrome, which is caused by genetic deletions (missing genetic material) on Chromosome 15). so is there any solution to it, is there any cure to it in any part of the world?

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    There's a national support group. They'll help and give dietary advice and advice in general (I believe PWS children are remarkably good at jigsaws, for instance and this must at least give pleasure to them and help various aspects of development). There must be a lot known about how best to make life good for sufferers and their families and they will know these things. As for genetics - many genes are affected, so probably in our lifetime, we won't see a fix, so it's a matter of making everyone's life as full and as good as possible. Good luck - I'm sure she needs a supportive friend like you!
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    Thanks a lot spending your time for us.
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