Childhood Diseases

Posted by: tots | 2010/11/27


child not eating

dear doc.
my lg is now 26 months she doesnt have an appetite she would eat kellogs or soft poridge only in the morning then for the rest of the day she would drink water. i give her creche guard but that does not help and she has wind time and again. a friend of mine recomended i de-worm her she said i must give her vermox maybe she will be fine. im concerned what can i do with her. its not nice seeing your child not eating the whole day. but she look ok, she is happy and growing acording to the chart at the clinic. when i took her for her weighing in september she weighed 16kg they said she was fine.pleas help

Expert's Reply



It is surprising that your little girl's weight is so good seeing as she hardly eats. Is she drinking a lot of milk? With her poor appetite and if she is drinking a lot of milk she may have an iron deficiency. Ask your clinic sister to check her blood for a possible iron deficiency which causes a form of anaemia.If she has an iron deficiciency she will benefit a lot from having extra iron. Many children of this age do not eat as well as they may have done previously. Do not worry too much. She will eat what she needs. This is usually only a temporary problem and her appetite will return.

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