Mother’s are more worried about their child’s appetite especially urban mothers. Most pediatrician opine that if your child is not eating enough, but is otherwise active and full of life, there is probably nothing wrong with him.
Loss Of Appetite In Infants
Loss of appetitive would certainly be of concern, if the infant stops suckling mother’s milk due to thrush in mouth.
The bulk of the cases of loss of appetite belong to the age group of 1 to 3 years.
Occasionally to attract attention the child may refuse food and it becomes very difficult for the mother, to determine whether the child is really sick or making a fuss.
Causes Of Loss Of Appetite In Children
If the loss of appetite lasts for more than two days and you suspect loss of weight and poor growth in an infant, you should consult a pediatrician.
Illness such as fever, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infection will cause general loss of appetite in an infant. See also Appetite Control Foods
An older child who is losing weight or who gets tired easily and appears unwell and listless may also need a thorough check-up. He may be anemic or may have diseases like jaundice, tuberculosis or urinary tract infection.
How To Increase Appetite In Babies
Home remedies for loss of appetite in children:
- Alfalfa is a natural appetite stimulant traditionally used for loss of appetite in children.
- Angelica root tea is another herbal remedy which should be tried in children who have loss of appetite.
- Apple juice is useful in stimulating the child’s appetite. It helps digestion by stimulating the secretion of pepsin an enzyme useful in loss of appetite.
- Avoid giving child commercially prepared fast food.
- Create a habit in your child to sit and eat together with whole family. This will encourage him to eat more.