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Son recently diagnosed with UC - and he's a picky eater!


Sun, January 06, 2019 11:23 PM

My 14-year-old son was recently diagnosed with UC. He is a super-picky eater - doesn't like meat, eggs or cooked veggies. I am extremely worried about how to get enough protein in his body. He is a cross-country runner, so very slim, and in the last 2 weeks (prior to diagnosis), lost 8-10 lbs. I appreciate any suggestions you may have for getting picky, UC teens to expand their palettes. Thanks much!

FPO theraven8413
Joined Jan 6, 2019

Wed, August 14, 2019 3:35 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

I feel for you.  My son is 13 and diagnosed with crohns only a few weeks ago.  He too isn't a great eater as he has SED/ARFID (selective eating disorder/Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) or whatever it's referred to now.  He only eats chicken, popcorn shrimp, pizza, spaghetti and grilled cheese as main courses.  No fruits, no veggies.    Since starting on prednisone 3 weeks ago, he's gained 10lbs but he can't stay on that forever. He's also taking vitamins and I make him shakes using carnation instant breakfast powder. I second the suggestion of finding something he likes that doesn't bother him and letting him eat as much of it as he can.  

FPO NwTnMom
Joined Aug 14, 2019

Mon, January 21, 2019 2:34 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

You might go to a health food store and look into those protein shakes bodybuilders drink when they want to gain weight.  I’d run it by your doctor first.

FPO charbs
Joined Oct 31, 2016

Mon, January 21, 2019 12:41 PM

Reply posted for theraven8413.

I was diagnosed with Chron's at 16 and am now 18. I have always been a picky eater and I think I always will be. My advice is to find food, even if it is just one or two things, that will satisfy with your son's stomach and let him eat as much of it as he will. As for all the vitamins and nutrients, stock him up on multivitamins and calcium and anything else he is deficient in. Your doctor can do a blood test to see his vitamin levels and he can take anything he is low in by taking pills to get higher levels. 

FPO kelliwithchrons
Joined Jul 17, 2018

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