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swallowing trouble with down syndrome girl

my 16 year old daughter, has problems swallowing her food, is getting very frightened, and will only eat a few mouthfulls of noodles, milky bar yogut like things, and a chocolate drink. it started off with a loose tooth, which has since fallen out, however she still had a decent meal of 3 hash browns, which of an egg, mushrooms, and spaghetti, this all changed one day, almost over night and since has only eaten noodles, we are getting desperate as the weight is dropping off her, but she seems oblivious to the fact were so anxious. can anyone give any advice etc for us to try, were at out witts end, as she doesnt seem to think anything other than anxious when we mention food.
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replied August 7th, 2009
I understand that your daughter is having difficulty swallowing her food and losing weight from not eating enough. You may want to bring your daughter to her primary care doctor to determine if there is a physical reason for her difficulty swallowing that could be treated. You may also want to take her to a therapist so she can talk to a professional about why she is frightened and having difficulty eating. Once physical reasons are ruled out, the therapist and her doctor can determine if this is the onset of an eating disorder.

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replied January 18th, 2011
Hi - Just a thought, many individuals with Down Syndrome have severe acid reflux and this can cause a lot of pain and swallowing problems as well. My son was 17 years of age and stopped eating solids for a year. We found out by doing endoscopy that he had severe GERD. He is now on antacids and is eating well again.
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