Young George is just over one year old. For the past few months he has had an increasingly healthy appetite for solids and is visibly thriving. Or so he was until a few weeks ago. After a couple of weeks of gradual loss of appetite he suddenly stopped eating altogether, and mum and dad began to worry. After three days of nothing but fluids, and diminishing demand even for these, coupled with that most alarming symptom of all, a complete refusal to eat chocolate*, he had put the wind up them both and so they attended, with a still happy and smiling young George in tow.
So far, despite his total lack of enthusiasm for solids the lad was holding his own pretty well, with no signs of rapid weight loss and no real dehydration. He was vomiting after all solids though, and so had really given up trying, and so long as mum and dad allowed him not to eat he was happy, only becoming fractious when they tried to make him.
His tummy was quite soft and not at all tender. There was no worry about constipation or diarrhoea, and on the day I examined him my tummy was gurgling more than his… one of us was definitely in need of chocolate!
Overall he really didn’t seem too bad, but mum and dad were not going to take happily to this suggestion. In reality it appeared little George was suffering a bit of “reflux” with acid flowing backwards from the stomach into the lower reaches of the oesophagus causing heartburn and hence vomiting.
After some discussion his worried parents agreed to my evidently insane suggestion that we try spiking his bottles with an antacid preparation that just might do the trick, before we considered referring him on to the paediatricians. It helped a bit that I have looked after mum since she was little older that her son is now, so with a slight reluctance she and her husband agreed to try my alchemy for a week or so before pressing the panic button.
Two weeks on they came back, all three beaming contentedly, to request some more sachets of the antacid. Young George is back wolfing down everything that’s put in front of him, and most particularly he’s back on the chocolate. There can be no better sign that a toddler is on the mend.
*Regular readers will already be aware that this writer believes Chocolate worthy of it’s own food group and of that food group’s obvious preeminence over all the others.**
** except perhaps the Vodka / Bourbon group that is….