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What causes apetite loss in a child? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
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User:hi doctor
User:wanna speck to a pediatrician
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
Doctor:I am a general Physicia
User:my child is 9 month old
Doctor:I can help you within my expertise.
User:he is running away from food since last 3-4 days
User:he is only havg milk and nothg else
User:he is foody by nature,,,but donno why nowadays if we r putting somethg in his mouth he tries puking
User:except water and milk
User:he is also teething frequently,,( brushing upper and lower teeth n making a sound)
User:though he is active ,,playful. But iam concerned abt how he wil sustain with only milk. He used to have evreythg almost before
Doctor:Is he dull and drowsy?
Doctor:Is he running fever?
User:he is playful
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Refusal to eat is definitely concerning to parents.
Doctor:However most pediatricians are not concerned if the child refuses to eat as long as other activities and signs are not concerning.
Doctor:If your child is active, playful, is not drowsy, not vomiting, not passing loose stool and not running fever
Doctor:the current symptoms is not a serious problem.
Doctor:Most children at this age wish to explore their surrounding at most times.
Doctor:They wish to be left alone playing.
User:but there should be some reason why suddenly he is going away from food
Doctor:Hunger strikes them once a while but soon disappears as they get into other activites.
User:becoz he used to love food
Doctor:What you describe is the common nature of every child.
Doctor:You need to bend to his activities.
Doctor:Do not fix regular food timings for your child.
Doctor:Keep trying giving his feeds every 2 hours or may be even every hour if feasible.
Doctor:May be he will accept few feeds this hour; and some more feeds the next hour.
User:ohh ok
Doctor:Most children don't feel appetite because they wish to move around and play.
Doctor:You need to try different preparation, colourful combination and keep trying.
User:then finaly when he r hungry they r sleepy too :)
Doctor:Yes, that's right. The situation is going to improve as they grow.
Doctor:They need to be taught that food has to be taken at specific hours.
Doctor:But now, they don't realize that.
Doctor:So you need to bend yourself to their timing and schedule.
User:ok,,got it
Doctor:If you feel he is still refusing to eat despite repeated trials say for the next one week
Doctor:you can consult a pediatrician.
User:oh ok
User:so will check for a wekk then
Doctor:He/she can examine the child and if needed shall prescribe supplements or even deworming agents.
Doctor:In the meantime, keep a watch on other symptoms that i mentioned earlier as concerning.
User:yeah,,,that fine
Doctor:Have you followed what I suggested?
User:wil keep checking
User:thanx for ur time
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
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