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My dd went from being very skinny with a pointed face to very chubby with a round face in one short week after going on steroids. She does not seem to have noticed, however. I don't know if any kids at school have mentioned it to her ...she wouldn't remember if they did. One kid at church did a double take but didn't say anything (at least not when I was around).<br><br>
Should I talk to her about it? I would hate to think that she is silently suffering, but I don't want to upset her unnecessarily if she is happy in oblivion.
 

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That's a tough one. You may try asking her teacher at school if anyone has said anything. Hopefully someone else will have better advice. I always tend to ask my son things, and then sort of make it nothing if he wasn't upset to begin with. If that makes any sense.
 

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I think I'd talk about it with her. Kids always have things on their radar long before we suspect they might, and creating an opening for dialog might be what she needs sometime soon.<br><br>
You could always talk about it in a way that starts with the treatment, then branches out into what the treatment will mean...for her health, for her body, and then get into the side effects of the medications. She might be wondering why she feels so different (in many ways besides her face/body), but is unable to express her concerns.
 

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I was on steroids a lot as a kid, and it is really hard. I had to figure it out for myself, please please talk to your daughter about it. Even if she hadn't noticed yet, it would be nice for you to be the one to point it out and explain it in a non-hostile, non-judgemental context.
 

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Thanks, all. I will talk to her about it. I was discussing this with my Mom today and Mom said NOT to mention anything to her, which put up a big flag for me that I SHOULD. DD is very open about her epilepsy, so I think she will be open to talking about her body.<br><br>
Hey ShaggyDaddy..sorry you had to figure things out for yourself as a kid. I had to, too. My parents never talked to me about my own epilepsy. It sucked. Hope you are doing ok now.
 

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For me it wasn't for epilepsy just a bunch of medicines I took for asthma mostly. I was on prednisone maybe 3-4 months out of every year. I am doing great now, but side effects were something that completly blind-sided me with like every medicine I took as a kid. It is awesome that you are more aware, and that you are actively trying to keep an open dialogue because steroids can make you feel crazy... The worst for me was feeling shakey crazy hungry even when my stomache was so full that it hurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">: Although once I was a teen, it was so nice to be able to eat like 10 men and never gain any weight. Hah we used to go to a pizza buffet (cici's) and the only reason we would leave is because I got bored... not because I stopped eating. I am suprised they never asked me to leave.
 
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