Please help, don't know what to do! Re:: 8 year old

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Please help, don't know what to do! Re:: 8 year old
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Sat, 11-06-2010 - 10:11pm

My 8 year old son won't eat for fear of choking. He has has this fear for several weeks, and we often have to sit with him and coax him to eat. We have tried everything we can think of. He has been seen by 2 different doctors to rule out health problems. Everything so far has checked out ok. The last dr put him on a liquid form of Zantac thinking it could be heartburn or acid. He's even scared to swallow the meds.

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 8:06am

Parents have visited this board in the past with children with this condition(phagophobia--the fear of swallowing) . Because it can be life-threatening, you may also want to get on the waiting list for him to become established as a patient of a pediatric psychiatrist as well as at the same time starting with a psychologist. Be sure to select a psychologist who can work with phobias and eating disorders.

Usually this is triggered after an illness involving vomiting or from a near-choking episode accompanied by some predisposition from something or other towards anxieties. From the way you told about your home life... sigh... you sound like you have already encountered the stigma and myths of "mental" illness. No - it is not caused by poor parenting. "Environmental factors" can include viral infections, toxins in ouur environment, and even prenatal factors... and even epigenetic factors from the generation before!

In the meantime, of course, working with the way he is right now may help - giving him eat soft foods with a big glass of water to assuage his swallowing fears may help.


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I just stopped by this board to browse and felt like I needed to respond to your post. My daughter just turned 8 and hasa always dealt with sensory issues and has started exhibiting signs of anxiety. She has had 2 anxiety attacks. One of her symptoms was feeling like she had something stuck iin her throat. She was constantly asking me to check her throat with a flashlight and continually asking me if she is choking. She then started with a fear of being electricuted. fearing all coard and electrical devices insisting that she was going to be electricuted.

We have seen several different therapist from preschool to the present and recently added a psychiatrist when these phobias started to surface. She has recently been started on medication to help her deal with her continual worrying. We are still tweaking the dose, but we are starting to see a bit of improvement.

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In reply to: josiegirl2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 9:05am

Thank you so much for joining into this discussion - always happy to hear from the voice of experience!


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In reply to: josiegirl2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 9:09am

I came across this line of discussion about trouble swallowing. The folks referred to it as dysphagia. It is on the brain talk forum, on the gluten and food sensitivities board: http://braintalkcommunities.org/forums/showthread.php?t=96157

I thought it might interest you.


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In reply to: josiegirl2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 5:31pm

I don't think Benadryl will help. I suffer from anxiety and it can actually make anxiety MUCH worse. The board I visit the most is for anxiety and most the people there will say antihistamines will increase their anxiety.

Now, it's not always a 100% sure thing it will increase anxiety, I myself can usually take for 2-3 doses before I'm hitting the walls & ceiling.

It's been a while since I've researched GABA, but I believe it's hard to get




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