Childhood Diseases

Posted by: gita | 2012/06/25


3yr old refuses to eat

Hello Dr

My little boy just turned 3. His diet consisted of milk alone up until now. He refused to eat any solids including cereal. I decided to throw his bottles away and stop milk completely. He hasn''t cried for his milk but hardly eats. Eg yesterday he only had 2 small tubs of yogurt and 1 slice of bread. Should I be worried if he eats so little?

Thank you docter.

Expert's Reply



You are welcome.Many children of this age often go through a period when they eat poorly, but your son's appetite appears to be exceptionally poor. The fact that up until now his diet has only been milk may be part of his problem. He may well have an iron deficiency anaemia. It would be a good idea to take him to see your doctor so that your son's blood can be tested for a possible anaemia.

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