Food for thought?
Although everyone loves holidays, this time of the year (whether in southern summer or northern winter) can often be more stressful than most. It seems that we dedicate days to eating! And with family gatherings, and more meals, and lots of laughter and fun, it's often the person with PWS who finds it most difficult; too much temptation, food left out, people not watching. The main characteristics of PWS are brought sharply into focus - the desire to eat as much as possible and whenever possible. We all know the pitfalls...
The most worrisome outcome of overeating, or bingeing, is that of gastropaersis which may go unnoticed if your child does not complain of pain, or is usually trim because of Growth Hormone treatment. Please be aware of the symptoms and characteristics of this dangerous issue.
The very sad account of a 24-year-old man with PWS who presented with "abdominal pain, nausea, and emesis 3 days after ingesting 8 pounds of raisins and 48 ounces of peanut butter during a food binge" - luckily after some serious surgery, he survived. Ref
I always remember one mother who had a t-shirt made up for her little boy which said "If you feed me, my mother will slap you!" I know - not necessarily politically correct, but she was at her wits end and it worked!