5 year old Refusing to Eat Solid Food
Since having a stomach bug nearly a week ago, our five year old is refusing to eat solid foods. She's lost significant weight and has sunken eyes. We got her to drink smoothies as a way to get some calories and nutrients but she is refusing solid foods, even after a visit to the pediatrician where the doctor told her she needs to be eating a fist-size amount of food at each meal. She is a very strong-willed child with a strong desire to be in control, and rewards/punishments don't work with her. If you have any suggestions, including child therapists and/or parenting experts related to food control issues in young children, I would appreciate them.