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Doctors all agree that she is a healthy weight for a four-year-old, but the problem is that she's not four years old. She's not even a one-year-old...
This AmoMama article is about an eight-month-old girl in Pujab, India who suffers from an unknown condition that her doctor is unable to understand. Chahat Kumar keeps picking up weight, and no one knows why.
She is not your average baby, in fact, she is twice the size of the average baby, weighing roughly the same as a 4-year-old, and eating as much as a ten-year-old.
At 17 kilograms, Chahat is considered morbidly obese.
According to her parents, Suraj and Reena she was born a normal, healthy baby.
But four months later she had started to rapidly gain weight and was constantly hungry and crying for food.
They did not want to overfeed her, but what is a mother to do when her child cries non-stop from hunger pains?
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“Her weight is increasing excessively and it has to be controlled. She has to eat less. She eats like a 10-year-old kid.”
But how could any child be constantly eating, especially at an age that they can be difficult to feed?
Their local doctor in Pujab has thus far been unable to make a diagnosis. It is a condition that he had not ever seen in his career as a medical practitioner.
There is another thing that baffles the good doctor, and it is not her rapid weight gain. It's her skin.
Chahat has abnormally thick, hard skin, and with the layers of fat underneath, it is incredibly difficult to draw blood samples for proper testing.
The toddler is simply riddled with oddities and anomalies that no one has been able to make sense of.
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Her young parent's only hope is to take her to specialists, but due to their financial situation it has not been possible.
Reena had expressed deep concerns about the health of her child, and so has their doctors. If they can't find a solution to her weight soon, it could spell disaster for little Chahat.
Reena and Suraj had already lost a baby before, and have not the strength to go through the same ordeal a second time.
Chahat struggles with her breathing and suffers from sleeplessness as a result.
Both the parents and their doctor are at wit's end. Unless they can afford to see a specialist, they might not be able to properly treat Chahat.
While the obvious answer would seem to restrict her diet, it is simply not that straight forward.
Her parents want only the best for her, and hopefully they can get the best treatment for her as well, before it is too late.
It's easy to judge and say, "Just feed the child less," but what would you have done if it was your child? We would love to hear your thoughts if you have children of your own.
SOURCE: DAILY STAR