Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Appetite Stimulants & Resources for Children who refuse to eat

Some children with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome eat like there is no tomorrow and others barely eat at all. Some children will be put on appetite stimulants in hopes they can gain weight.

Periactin is an antihistamine that also helps with migraine headaches and increases appetite. Megace is a steroid that is used as an appetite stimulant. Below are links for more information on the two medications.

Megace Periactin

This is another topic we often discuss on the Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome Support List When my Sean was little, theywere considering a feeding tube, even though he was getting enough calories. Our GI at the time felt if we could stimulate his appetite, maybe eating moe would help. It was a very confusing time. If you have a child with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome who refuses to eat, you might want to try a book written by Joel Macht, PhD titled Poor Eaters: Helping Children who Refuse to Eat I read this book many, many years ago and found it to be helpful. Something to keep in mind: take what you can use and forget about the rest. Dr. Macht works with children who are tube fed and he has a program to get them eating. The book is made up of case reports and what helped each child to eat. I found quite a few tips that we were able to use, but also found a lot in there that were not helpful for our situation.

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