Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Bellaloo | 2011/03/15


3 year old doesnt want to eat

My daughter is turning 3 in April. She has never been a big eater. Sy weighed 2.96kg with birth on 40weeks (51cm). I weigh 49kg and am 1.78m tall, so i am small. She was in hospital for the rotavirus 4weeks ago. We moved from PE to JHB in January 2011. She started in a new school and away from all our family. Ever since she is in the new school, she doesnt really eat. They only told me after she started getting sick and landing up in hospital for the rotavirus. Every second or third day, they would tell me at school that she didnt eat anything, not her breakfast, lunch or snacks. She drinks liquid, but not alot to fill her tummy.
What can i give her to give her a better appetite?

Expert's Reply



Your daughter has never been a good eater but since moving to JHB and starting at a new school she is much worse.The regular daily routine of children of this age is easily upset by changes like this. Your daughter may also have some separation anxiety being away from you and the family and in unfamiliar surroundings.Also she landed up in hospital recently with the rotavirus infection. She is not eating at all well but other than giving her an immune booster such as Scotts emulsion there is little else that needs to be done. She will gradually settle in more at her new school and with time start to eat better. Perhaps she would prefer to eat food that you send along with her.

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Posted by: Bellaloo | 2011/03/17

Thank you doctor!!!!!!! :-)

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Posted by: Bellaloo | 2011/03/15

I am moving her to a new creche beginning of April.
I dont like the school she is in now.
In her previous school, her teacher and " sisi"  (the nanny) would sit with her until she ate almost everything.

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