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Help hypoglycemia and toddler not eating!

o this stuff going on with Ty (2yrs 10months) he has hypoglycemic episodes and to prevent them he has to eat every 4 hours. Well, we've never had a problem getting Ty to eat ever, TIL NOW!

It's a FIGHT to get him to eat even his favorite food! HELP! What can I give him to ensure he doesn't go low? He's allergic to milk, soy, and gluten. I've been supplementing with his formula (replacement for milk, hypoallergenic) but he needs to eat. Help?

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Asked by Mipsy at 10:58 AM on Apr. 7, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • as long as he's eating atleast 3 meals a day with healthy snacks he should be long as you don't give him something really sweet that will spike his blood sugar \b/c when a hypoglcemic "bottoms out" it's horrible....i'm have love blood sugar and as long as i don't eat or drink super sweet stuff i'm fine

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:07 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • He's not eating at all right now. Let alone actually eating every 4 hours. :/

    Comment by Mipsy (original poster) at 11:08 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Sounds like a power struggle, or he's using not eating to get your attention. Offer choices in a nice way, like "You can have A or B, which do you want?". Are you approaching the problem negatively or positively? Try staying positive, like "Okay, Ty, let's try some [fill in the food], now and when your are finished you can have some ice cream." Ice cream is good because it has some sugar for an immediate boost, a little calcium, protein and fat that will sustain him. Don't lead with the ice cream, though, since he may expect it all the time. Just offer a tablespoon as a reward after eating; then maybe he will look forward to it. If it becomes a habit, you can gradually reduce the reward to wean him from the ice cream.

    Answer by RobotLady at 11:17 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • hmm...can he drink pedisure? something to keep his sugar regulated so it dosen't bottom out

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:18 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • oh no, robot he is allergic to milk and someone with low blood sugar, like a diabetic, dosen't need all that sugar that is in icecream

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 11:20 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • If you think is blood sugar might crash, you should call your doctor for advice. Any chance he is sick to his stomach?

    Answer by RobotLady at 11:22 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • It's become a fight and power struggle. You need to back off. Don't make such a big deal out of it, even if it is. Make him a chocolate shake in the blender with ice cream and add peanut butter. Bake healthy cookies together. Good luck! It's totally normal for toddlers to barely eat. My son really does not eat at all. Honestly, I can't believe how little he consumes, but he's not that skinny.

    Answer by mompam at 11:25 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • If you can get some protein in him, you may be able to sustain him longer than 4 hours since protein will not cause huge drops in sugar levels. Peanut butter? Hot dogs? Hamburger? Cold cuts?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • What about cheese sticks? My kids love them.

    Answer by mompam at 11:45 AM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Oops, forgot how limited the choices are, right now icecream, milkshake is out, too. A little sugar during a crash is a good way to bring the blood sugar back up quickly. I agree, in general, not a good idea. Protein is the most important for keeping blood sugar even. BTW toddlers only need to eat a few tablespoons of food each meal unless they are having a growth spurt.

    Answer by RobotLady at 3:49 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

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