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What Causes Lack Of Weight Gain And Appetite In A Child?

my 9 year old niece has no appetitie and has not been gaining weight. her mom did not want to tell me what it is til it is confirmed by her doctor. her dr. gave her a strong hunch and is just waiting for blood tests to confirm would these symptoms alert you for a name? she did say it is not terminal
Fri, 22 May 2020
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Hi,

Any infections like parasitic infections can affect appetite. Anemia and other nutritional deficiency should be ruled out. Constipation or food allergies can also reduce appetite. Avoid excessive force and push food to the kid. Increase playful activities before meal.Eating should not become a stress to the child.

Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Saranya Ramadoss, General & Family Physician
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What Causes Lack Of Weight Gain And Appetite In A Child?

Hi, Any infections like parasitic infections can affect appetite. Anemia and other nutritional deficiency should be ruled out. Constipation or food allergies can also reduce appetite. Avoid excessive force and push food to the kid. Increase playful activities before meal.Eating should not become a stress to the child. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Saranya Ramadoss, General & Family Physician