National Eating Disorders Association

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child in re-feeding mode

Hi folks; I'm reaching out because my 17 yo daughter is in refeeding mode at a hospital prior to admission to residential treatment at Renfrew, Philly. Holiday weekend is the worst time for treatment. She was admitted to PICU almost 2 days ago because her bloodwork for Renfrew admission was not acceptable. After 1.5 days in PICU her EKG has normalized, bloodwork is almost normal, but she is being sustained on a refeeding diet, and is terribly frustrated.I understand this from a medical and parental perspective (mostly medical), but it is hard. If anyone has any suggestions on how to help her persevere despite hunger I am grateful for your help.