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Hi, my name is julescj, and I need some dietary ideas to use with my daughter.
I am the parent of Abigail, my ever growing 14 year old daughter. Abby contracted pneumococcal meningitis, at three and a half months old. She was very poorly at the time, and after recovering from the meningitis, she was left with brain damage, causing hydrocephalus, developmental delay, and learning and behavior difficulties. Abby attends a special needs school, and thankfully is a very happy young lady. I have a number of questions I would like to ask, and I hope someone maybe able to offer some advice. My first question is about any diet ideas anyone may have, to help Abby lose weight. I have cut out crisps and snacks, reduced her meal sizes, and she gets sufficient exercise. Her weight keeps going up and down, despite how well we are doing with her food intake. I have read online, that some people with a head injury, can have damaged the perennial gland in the brain. This gland sends signals to other parts, to begin the metabolism feature, to start breaking down the food. I have suggested this to the neurologist she sees, but he seems reluctant to try and check if hers is damaged. I have know idea how I would go about trying to do this myself, or whether it is just how she is built. If anyone has any knowledge or understanding of the complexities of a brain injury, I would love to hear from you please, Thanks.