Loss of appetite, what to do?

Your child no longer has an appetite and meals become a real test. You worry and he, feeling watched, tensed, resists and sometimes at stake … What to do? The point with Dr. Catherine Laurençon.

Loss of appetite, what to do?
Loss of appetite, what to do?


It has less appetite because its needs evolve

In his first year, your baby had taken 25 cm! However, since, its curves of weight and height are inflected, even if it grows from 10-12 cm. Average it eats less …

What has to be done :

  • Is it going on for a few weeks? Consult your pediatrician. He will measure, weigh your child … and reassure you! A dental flare, an ear infection, an allergy or a small affective problem may be the cause of this lack of appetite.
  • The doctor will prescribe a cure of trace elements: a copper-gold-silver dose alternating with manganese-copper for a month and a half. On the phyto side, a few drops of dandelion extract in fruit juice will give a boost.
  • What to tell him. “You are not very hungry because you are a little trumpet. What dish would you please? “

He is busy elsewhere … and has lost his appetite

For a few weeks, he has been walking. He intends to take advantage of it to explore the vast world. Eating is no longer its priority!

What has to be done :

  • The meal is the occasion to continue its “explorations.” Invite her to participate in the preparation of the dinner. At the table, let him peck the small pieces on his plate and touch the textures … Above all, shorten the meals!
  • What to tell him. “I peel the beans … do you want to make soup with me?” You put them in the pot. “

He says no … by refusing to eat!

Around 18 months, your child needs to affirm his tastes and disgust. Excellent fly, he sees that his “No time! You are upset. He likes to feel the energies mobilized around him.

What has to be done :

  • Do not give in to blackmail. There is no question of serving him anything but the intended dish, let alone two desserts to compensate. When eating only pasta and yogurts, your child will miss certain nutrients.
  • However, accept that he has preferences, offer him varied food. In the morning, small fruit quarters, yogurts, a compote or even – at around 18 months – a toast and a little ham.
  • Do not give it too much: the breakfast cereals are too rich at one year and can cut off your appetite for the next meal.
  • What to tell him. “You have had your dessert already. Next time you will eat your dish better … “

Mom’s lyrics

“Until recently, our daughter was a real” stomach on legs .” However, for some time now she has been sorting out her food, and she is quibbling over everything. However, she does not like that she takes off her plate so … sometimes she comes back! The pediatrician reassured us by explaining that it was a typical passage at her age: eating is not her priority, she discovers other things … Moreover, she is fit, so do not worry! ” Muriel, mother of Hermione 2 years.

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