Quite a few people who've been down the I've-raised-a-child road have told me, "It's easy until your child is 5 years old." My mother has a different viewpoint, "It's never easy. Every age of your child brings with it a new problem - if it's eating while young, then maybe it's studies later on and marriage when you are grown up." I think I may have been a tough child to my mom."

Pregnancy and Parenting has not been easy from the day LG was conceived. But I've seen people go through more tougher times so I'm not complaining. The past month or so has been rough as LG first through a cough-cold-fever cycle which was naturally accompanied by refusal to eat periods. Then he got well until Christmas when he got all excited on seeing the plum cake and literally snatched it out of my hand. I felt bad eating in front of him so I let him have a piece. That did it. It was bad food for him and he got a stomach bug that troubled him like mad for a week that finally led to fever again. Constipation, refusal to drink/eat anything, pursed lips was all we got to see for a week. When things don't go per schedule it gets taxing. I was all the time making and throwing food. For over two days, he drank nothing but formula and ajwain water. I didn't have any choice. Milk wouldn't have helped his already upset tummy. Finally we gave in and took him to the Ped. A digestive tonic called Sorbiline was prescribed and that seemed to have helped him. Normalcy is slowly returning and so is my sanity. It's funny how a small kid can frustrate adults and lead to arguments in an otherwise peaceful house - blame it on exhaustion.

A quick list of what I do once the fussy eater returns:

The first indication that all is not well is when LG refuses to eat. He is a non-fussy kid when it comes to eating. He will eat so long his tummy gets filled. Whe he starts acting up, I know something is boethring him which is either a bad throat or tummy. If it's a bad tummy caused by constipation then -

  1. Loads of water to drink. Two or three spoonfuls of home made ajwain water with little sugar two times a day.

  2. Make him chew black currants

  3. Banana, apples, soup and lots of roughage in the form of vegetables.

If it's dysentery then,

  1. ORS or salt sugar solution prepared at home.

  2. Stop milk. Stop Cerelac - heavy to digest

  3. Boiled Sabudana mixture.

  4. White puffed rice.

  5. Banana and curd.