The 132-Pound Toddler

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  1. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    This breaks my heart and also makes me very angry... There doesn't seem to be a medical reason, really.

     
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  3. tehcloser

    tehcloser New Member

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    Oh my gosh! How terribly sad.
     
  4. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    Have they tested him for that disease, cannot remember the name, where children have uncontrollable appetites ? I have seen specials on it before and many of the kids have to live in institutional settings with other sufferers because it becomes a life and death struggle to keep them away from food. It is hard to believe he chooses to eat so much at such a young age.
     
  5. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    They've tested him and can't find anything wrong. One doctor said he thought it was a brain tumor but the others say there's nothing at all. He was a preemie and at about 3 months started rapidly gaining weight. And has never stopped. From the article, it sounds like he started catching up weight-wise and his parents then just kept feeding him - a lot. And now when they stop, he cries. So they let him eat... One of the doctors even comments in the article that the parents need to say 'no'.
     
  6. Quiche

    Quiche New Member

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    I can't imagine it's just his eating... obese children that eat and eat are unfortunately common, this child is off the charts. May he get safely to an age of reason and control so his parent's can guide him.
     
  7. peeples

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    I think you're thinking of Prader Willi(e) syndrome...
     
  8. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Could this be detected by checking hormone levels or not? I believe the article said that all of his hormones and labs were normal. Not sure what all they checked for, though. Hopefully with the publicity of MSM now, someone will reach out to the parents who may have more answers.
     
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    http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/prader-willi-syndrome/overview.html

    Signs of Prader-Willi syndrome may be seen at birth. Newborns with the condition are often small and very floppy. Male infants may have undescended testicles.

    As the child grows older, laboratory tests may show signs related to morbid obesity, such as:

    * Abnormal glucose tolerance
    * Above normal level of insulin in the blood
    * Excessive carbon dioxide levels
    * Failure to respond to luteinizing hormone releasing factor
    * Lack of oxygen supply

    There may also be signs of right side heart failure and knee and hip problems.


    Obesity represents the greatest problem to health. Limiting caloric intake will control the obesity but the family, neighbors, school, and other institutions must cooperate closely as the child will attempt to obtain food wherever possible. Exercise can increase lean body mass in children with Prader-Willi syndrome.
     
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    peeples New Member

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    I was reading about this after a CSI episode
    and on one of the support group pages I was reading it seems like not all kids have the same symptoms and a lot of parents went through heck before finally getting a diagnosis at ages 3 and 4.
    The extreme tantrums seem to be a norm, but it's hard to tell what is and isn't controllable on the children's part because a lot of them have diminished mental capacity..
     
  11. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    That is exactly what he reminded me of. I saw a special and one of the girls reminded me very much of this poor little boy. She threw tantrums too, even as a toddler, and they both obsess about food, and are never full. I bet this is
    what he will be diagnosed with.
     
  13. grayjay

    grayjay Active Member

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    Very sad. Toddlers don't know how to fix ribs and rice.
     
  14. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    I bet he's got some sort of genetic disorder, like Prader-Willi syndrome or something of the sort.
     
  15. Linda7NJ

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    I think he has idiots for parents and he should be removed from their custody
     
  16. Noway

    Noway Montana

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    If he does have Prader Willi Syndrome, his parents are not to blame.

    There is interesting information, at that site. JMO but I don't think his condition is simply because his parents overfed him (although that is a contributing factor).

    I hope he gets the medical help he needs.
     
  17. Melanie

    Melanie Inactive

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    Wow - in comparison to my teen (14 and 5'7) who weighs 149, this is just astounding. And, yes, my son has a tiny pooch which he's working on.

    I think this toddler has some sort of disease like Prader Willi Syndrome. Some intervention is needed asap because he could already have diabetes and artery clogging.

    Bless his heart!

    Mel
     
  18. jjenny

    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. He probably has a genetic disorder, even if it's not Prader Willi syndrome, it's got to be something else of a similar nature.
     

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