What is ‘normal’?
Today we took Little Bean back to the Hospital to see the Paediatrician again because we want to rule out that she might/might not be anaemic through iron deficiency. I feel that she has a really poor diet as fruit and vegetables barely feature at all, and she eats very little fresh food at all, perhaps one banana a week, every now and then she may eat raisins and every day she will eat a pouch of fruit puree. She is constantly constipated and we feel that she seems in a consistent state of over-tiredness. By this I mean, she lolls about on the floor, yawns, props her head against the side of the sofa, yawns, lays on me, yawns and then the challenging behaviour kicks in. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that she is of ‘that’ age, the one they call the “terrible twos” but this feels like something other than the terrible twos.
However, when we explained everything to the Paediatrician today, he just kept telling us that she sounded perfectly ‘normal’, the food that she eats is perfectly ‘normal’ for her age. We also voiced our concerns that she has become very ‘spotty’ over recent months and seems to be extra hot and sweaty. Again, he told us that spots were ‘normal’ for children aged 1-7 years and being sweaty was ‘normal’ for age 2-4 years.
If you have children in this age bracket, do you find that your child sounds anything like Little Bean, does she sound ‘normal’ to you?
I’m not trying to put a label on my daughter, I was want to make sure that she is healthy and that if she isn’t, that I can encourage her to eat a diet which would be better for her. I hate to think that what I am feeding her could be damaging her health.