Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Aunt | 2009/03/06


Two and doesnt eat


My neice is two years old. She breastfeeds a bit at night only and during the day she would eat about a spoonful of food and drinks a few sips of water.

She simply doesnt have an appetite. Shh only has bowel movemnets every 2nd day olny. Is there anything we can do do make her eat?

Expert's Reply



Many children do not eat as well as they did before at this age, but your niece's loss of appetite seems to be very severe and unusual. She is obviously eating and drinking far too little to sustain her properly and I am concerned about her. There are many possible causes particularly illnesses such as TB, thyroid conditions, anaemia and worms. Please take her to be seen by a paediatrician. If her mother cannot afford to see a paediatrician in private practice please take her to your nrearest hospital with a paediatric department.

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