Advice for a young girl with cancer..... - UPDATE post 28

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  1. DizBelle

    DizBelle CSI: Can't Stand Idiots

    Sep 10, 2003
    My niece (3.5 years old) was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She is in he hospital and has recently finished her first round of chemotherapy. This has resulted in the side effect of sores in her mouth and her esophagus and this is making her resistant to eating. They had a feeding tube in for a while but she couldn't tolerate it and took it out herself. They are leaving it out for now.

    She eats a bite of this and that every now and then but she needs more nutrition to help her heal. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to entice this little girl to eat more? Does anyone have any suggestions on what we should try to get her to eat?

    ETA- Please feel free to offer any an all suggestions. We won't hold you responsible for your suggestion. We want to be able to consider anything and everything.
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  3. Jennifer S

    Jennifer S DIS Cast Member<br><font color="orange">Has the be

    Aug 30, 2004
    I have no advise. Just wanted to say I'm sorry and will keep her in my prayers. No child should ever have to deal with that.:hug:
  4. mommasita

    mommasita DIS VETERAN Moderator

    Aug 3, 2004
    Gosh. I don't know..God bless her and make her well :grouphug:

    Had a thought, what about Carnation Instant Breakfast? I take that often, as it has great chocolate flavors :)
  5. m&m's mom

    m&m's mom <font color=deeppink>Waiting for the waterless cru

    Jun 6, 2000
    I am by no means an expert on this but I do get mouth sores sometimes too. I would think they could coat her mouth in something neutral (Milk of Magnesia for example), before a meal.
    Poor girl. That is nice you are a concerned Aunt.
  6. emily1982

    emily1982 <font color=purple>Esteemed and very valued DIS Ve

    Dec 30, 2004
    How about milkshakes or fruit shakes??Soups so she could take a sip here and there and maybe dip bread in to soften it up.
  7. tiggger1

    tiggger1 <font color=green>I put vicks on my feet<br><font

    Feb 2, 2002
    tell them to try a mixture of benedryl and Mylanta. equal parts of each. Have her swish them in her mouth and then spit. Itll help with the sores in her mouth. ( CHECK WITH HER DR FIRST THOUGH)

    My aunt volunteers in the cancer wing. She recommends fresh lemon-ade so help with nausea. Another thing to try is plain old baby food. As much as you want to try healthy foods, at this point I would try to get her to eat ANYTHING. What about a milkshake with Pediasure? What are her favorite foods?
  8. Disney_Dreaming

    Disney_Dreaming Mouseketeer

    Jan 15, 2007
    Poor baby! Bless her heart!

    I was going to suggest that too. I give that to my son when he's not eating well. The chocolate flavor is smooth, creamy and delicious.
  9. EthansMom

    EthansMom <font color=red>spare yourself from asking me to d

    Jul 13, 2003
    Have they tried Ensure? My brother drank quite a bit of it when he was going through chemo and the flavors are nice.

    I agree with trying baby food. Soft mushy foods would probably be more palatable with sores.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
  10. lyzziesmom

    lyzziesmom <font color=magenta>Ask me about my short attentio

    May 15, 2006
    When my brother was going through chemo, the hospital gave him something similar to Ensure to drink. It was chocolate and he liked to freeze them, then eat them with a spoon. Because of the rich, creamy texture, it doesn't freeze all the way and is soft like a sorbet. I bet the cold would help numb her mouth sores as well, and it tastes like ice cream.
  11. kathie859

    kathie859 DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2005
    Dad was always big on milkshakes when we wouldn't/couldn't eat. He'd lace it with an egg and we never knew. I hope your DN has a successful battle with this unfair disease.:hug:
  12. Desnik

    Desnik <font color=teal>I actually love packing and plann

    Oct 16, 1999
    I am so sorry to hear this poor baby is going through this! My prayers are with your family.

    I am no expert either but when DS had his adnoids and tonsils removed at 3 years old he was so sore and didn't want to eat for about a week. What helped him was frozen fruit bars, jello and ice chips just to sooth him. I would think something like Ensure or the Pediolyte version of it for children would be great, if you can get her to drink it. I really wish you a lot of luck.:hug:
  13. imabrat

    imabrat <img src=

    Aug 31, 2003

    I am 14,also a cancer patient,and get HORRID mouth sores.
    I recently went through a bad bout of them,to the point where the Lidocaine was my best friend.
    I would have my mom make milkshakes with Ensure in them.
    That helped me get some of my nutrients and weight back.

    Just in case,the one solid but mushy food I was able to eat was stuffing.
    Turey,chicken,it didn't matter.
    That was the only food I could manage.
    Try it with her,you never know!

    Hope I helped!
  14. KimAshton

    KimAshton DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2007
    I am so sorry to hear this.

    I would definitely try milkshakes.
  15. MareQ

    MareQ <font color=blue>How exactly are the drunk people

    Dec 28, 2005
    Oh my. That poor little girl :( We battled this with my mom when she was having chemo- this plus cachexia(sp?) - terrible to get her to eat anything.

    Can they give her meds that will help with the pain so she can eat? How about cool things like pudding, ice cream, jello, shakes, scrambled eggs etc?(My mom would only ever eat McDonalds vanilla shakes)

    You can also try pastina - those little star shaped pasta. Boil in some chicken broth till it's done, then mix in some butter, parm cheese and stir in a beaten egg(make sure it's HOT or on the burner when you do this so the egg cooks) It's very tasty and doesn't require any chewing.

    Best of luck
  16. NotUrsula

    NotUrsula DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2002
    What everyone else said. I would imagine that salt (in soups and sport drinks) is something you would want to be careful of, it probably makes the sores sting pretty badly.

    I also second the advice not to force her. My DS' best friend is a childhood cancer survivor, and though he has been in full remission for 6 years, he's still very gun-shy about food because of all the nausea he went through. He still only eats about 6 really favorite foods. One of the things he will eat is plain Wonder bread, with the crusts off. I guess it is bland enough and soft enough.
  17. barkley

    barkley DIS Veteran<br><font color=orange>If I ever have a

    Apr 6, 2004
    i would hesitate on milkshakes or anything that has to be taken with a straw.
    reson being is i had jaw surgery years ago and found that any area in the mouth where there are sores or stitches are made more painful by use of a straw. the sucking action tugs at the sores and makes it more painfull.
    honestly, the most soothing and somewhat nutritious food i could get down was warmed (not hot) broth with soft noodles or SMALL soft veggies/meat. if i had been aware of it at the time i probably would have lived on miso or wor won-ton soup. it seemed that slightly warm liquids were very soothing. anything acidic made my mouth feel on fire-so not orange or lemon based juices (i did a lot of room temp cranberry). another thought-sounds wierd but it worked for me-if she likes pasta sauce, make up a batch and puree some veggies, melt cheese into it. then she can eat it like a soup, perhaps even dip soft french bread into it. i found that allot of soft foods are terribly bland, so by makeing up a batch of this it might entice her to consume more.
  18. Magix

    Magix <font color=navy>Blackhearted Pirate<br><font colo

    Jun 24, 2003
    I have a friend going through chemo and radiation for lung cancer currently and the treatments give her esophagitis, which makes it extremely painful for her to eat or drink anything. Sounds like this may be what's happening to this poor child. Honestly, the feeding tube may be the only way to effectively get her the nutrients she needs. That's the point that my friend has now come to, although as an adult she actually WANTS the tube. Medication has not been enough to cut the pain.

    How terrible that a 3 1/2 year old should have to suffer through something like this...
  19. disney1990

    disney1990 <font color=royalblue>Wow, it make my heart skip a

    Aug 24, 1999
    My 9 year old granddaughter has been undergoing chemo for cancer. She experienced the same kind of sores in her mouth and throat. Thankfully, after the first round of chemo, she didn't get them anymore. However, she was so sick from the chemo, she still wasn't eating. She had a tube put down her nose that went into her stomach. Every night she was hooked to a pump that pumped nutrition into her. She went all the way to a size 5T when her weight was at the lowest.

    Thankfully, she has just finished her LAST chemo and is eating again. She even has hair about 1/2 inch long. :woohoo:
  20. CEDmom

    CEDmom <font color=FF3300>Knows 101 things to do with an

    Apr 10, 2003
    The poor little thing:sad1: . My heart goes out to your whole family:grouphug: .

    My only suggestion would be to get her favorites. This isn't in the same league at all but when my DD was younger than your niece she had cronic ear infections and didn't want to eat. We basically let her have anything she wanted just to get calories in her. She went for cold stuff like ice cream, juice pops and yogurt pops (made in an ice pop mold). She still wasn't getting all the calories she needed but it was enough for her to get better.
  21. hydster

    hydster <font color=teal>Self Proclaimed <font color=green

    Jan 29, 2002
    Our nephew was diagnosed with ALL when he was 2 1/2 and has had the mouth sore issues on and off depending on the round of chemo and other issues. For him I know my sil said she fed him
    Mac n Cheese
    Cottage Cheese
    Mashed Potatoes
    Ice Cream
    Baby food
    Warm bullion

    Her pediatric oncologist told her to avoid at all cost

    Chips or Pretzels
    Raw fruits and veggies *except bananas and applesauce*
    Vinegar based anything
    Anything with any spice in it
    Anything salty
    Fruit juices like orange or tomato

    The ped oncologist also suggested using a straw whenever possible, using a smaller than normal spoon *like a baby spoon*, have him suck on ice chips, to try foods at room temp or a little cooler as hot foods had a tendency to irritate the sores, and to cut the food into the smallest pieces possible.

    Best of luck for all of you involved with this horrible disease! My nephew has been to hell and back quite a few times and he still has another 2 years of treatment ahead of him.

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