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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Mommy | 2005/01/04

Q.

Toddler does not want to eat

My 2 year old was hospitalised about 2 weeks ago because she had the Rotavirus and was extremely ill (throwing up and had a runny tummy). She is now perfectly fine, but absolutely refuses to eat. She only drinks milk (almost 1l per day!). She has now started to eat baked potato chips, but still refuses meat or veggies or porriage. Must I just keep on giving milk and keep up offering food whenever it is meal time? How can I get her to eat again? She was always a very fussy eater, but now she doesn't want to eat anything. I am very worried that she doesn't get in all the nutrients that she needs. Whenever I try to feed her, she kicks and screams and run away. I do not want to force her to eat - and she spit out anything, anyhow, that maybe lands in her mouth. Any suggestions?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I think you are doing all the right things and my advice would be to offer healthy food at meal times without forcing her to eat. Please do not offer unhealthy alternatives (such as sweets or chips) to seduce her. She will eat again when her body is ready and as long as she is not dehydrated or ill and is physically active and playful, there is no reason to worry.

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