Ever since my son Okra stopped his appetite stimulant, we have seen a reduction in the frequency of his extreme tantrums. He used to have them frequently and they lasted 1.5 hours to 2 hours. After he stopped his meds, he had two of these tantrums in January and none in February. He does still throw tantrums and is whiny but he does not throw a tantrum out of the blue and they don’t last 2 hours. In terms of eating, he seems to be pickier than before. He seems to be uninterested in a variety of food that he used to eat, and some days getting him to come to the table for lunch and dinner has become a chore. He would refuse to come or would hide. When he does come, he would eat a piece or two and declare that he is done. I became worried about his weight so I weighed him last week. He has lost about half a pound. After I weighed him, I was very sad and was trying to hold my tears. Despite my best effort, I shed a few tears while brushing Okra’s teeth. He looked at me and asked, “Mommy, why are you sad?” Bob heard my sniffles and came to ask what happened. I was so thankful that instead of asking me not to cry, he took me and Okra to our bed. He and Okra snuggled with me and rubbed my back while I cried my heart out. I needed that loving tenderness in that moment. Ever since that day, I have again become intentional in what I give Okra for each meal. I add butter, coconut oil, or avocado oil in bread, rice, muffin, or pancakes. I am trying smoothies with him again. He hasn’t liked it in the past but it doesn’t hurt to expose him again and again. I am even giving him and his sister ice cream a couple of times a week. I am keeping a food journal to see exactly what he is consuming each day. I messaged his GI specialist who suggested putting Okra back on the appetite stimulant to let him gain some weight again. I am very hesitant in doing so because of the extreme tantrums. I am part of a FB group of caregivers who struggle to help their kids gain weight. Many people are/were in the same situation where the medication causes their children’s moodiness. Some suggested reducing the dosage or to only take the dose at bed time. Okra has a follow up appointment with the GI specialist in a couple of weeks. I will be armed with loads of questions and hopefully make an informed decision. In the mean time, I am happy to report that Okra has been eating pretty well for a few days in a row. He hasn’t refused to come to a meal, and he actually has been eating most of the food offered to him on his plate/bowl. It has been hard to do, but I am trying to focus on it one day at a time and choose to celebrate small victories whenever I can.