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Lack of appetite in a child - when to worry and when to calm down emotions?

Lack of appetite in a child - when to worry and when to calm down emotions?



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The first years of life are extremely important in shaping healthy eating habits. What cannot be done at this stage will be very difficult to change or work out later. The greater responsibility lies with parents, and with it comes pressure and often guilt ...

Where there is so much emotion it is very difficult to remain calm and have a healthy distance to what is happening. Meanwhile, normal for young children fussing and refusing food and periods when children eat exceptionally much, surprising the immediate surroundings as possible so that such a small person could eat so much.

Lack of appetite for a small child

Between 1 and 5 years old it may seem to the parents that the child does not eat anything or very little, that the only way to provide him with a valuable meal is to feed the toddler or bribe like: "You will eat well and I ...".

Unfortunately it's a mistake.

It is important to realize that in the first year of life a child can increase its weight by 7 kilograms. However, in the following years (from 1 to 5 years of age) it is normal to gain weight from 1 to 2 kilograms per year. Growth retardation is natural at this stage, and pediatricians even define these changes in terms of "physiological anorexia." For parents, the important information is that a healthy child eats as much as he needs to grow properly and save energy.

Causes of a lack of appetite in a child

There are many factors that affect a child's appetite:

  • emotional instability
  • level of physical activity (low or no movement reduces appetite)
  • infections (reduce appetite)
  • diseases, e.g. celiac disease (reduces appetite),
  • the age of the child (children around two years old start eating less compared to previous months, this change can be very noticeable, which is why it is often worrying).

On the next page, about two year olds' appetite problems.