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What causes lack of appetite in child?

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: My Son XXXXXXX is 3.5 yrs old and he is reducing his diet with time. any suggestion to get him interested to proper diet
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (13 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You have to coax your child to eat someway or the other

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

Many children are fussy eaters and many parents frequently complain of difficulty in making their child eat. I will suggest the following:
* Avoid distractions like television during eating.
* Eat together with your family and make the child eat along with others on the same table.
* Keep the meal times fixed.
* Involve the child in minor chores. Take the child along when you go to fetch the groceries. Ask him to choose fruits and vegetables of his choice. Make preparations giving importance to his wishes.
* Avoid junk food and chocolates.
* Give a fibre rich diet. Try to include green leafy vegetables in the diet.
* You can give fibre supplements like isabgol on regular basis.
* You will have to coax your child to eat but do not force feed him.
* There are no short cuts that can be provided

Hope that helps.

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Dr. Diptanshu Das
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What causes lack of appetite in child?

Brief Answer: You have to coax your child to eat someway or the other Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. Many children are fussy eaters and many parents frequently complain of difficulty in making their child eat. I will suggest the following: * Avoid distractions like television during eating. * Eat together with your family and make the child eat along with others on the same table. * Keep the meal times fixed. * Involve the child in minor chores. Take the child along when you go to fetch the groceries. Ask him to choose fruits and vegetables of his choice. Make preparations giving importance to his wishes. * Avoid junk food and chocolates. * Give a fibre rich diet. Try to include green leafy vegetables in the diet. * You can give fibre supplements like isabgol on regular basis. * You will have to coax your child to eat but do not force feed him. * There are no short cuts that can be provided Hope that helps. Regards Dr. Diptanshu Das