Loss Of Appetite In Toddlers - Causes & Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

Loss Of Appetite In Toddlers

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Are you a worried mother who always complains that your child doesn’t eat enough? Are you worried that your growing toddler may suffer from nutrient deficiency? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea!

Poor diet or loss of appetite among toddlers is a common mommy woe. Do you feel all your efforts at cooking delicacies for your little one go down the drain due to his loss of appetite? Is teething and loss of appetite in to

ddlers related? Well, most toddlers turn out to be fussy eaters and convincing them to lick their plate clean is no mean achievement! Want to know why most toddlers suffer from ‘physiological anorexia’? Read on!

What Is Loss Of Appetite or Appetite Slump?

A loss of appetite simply implies that you are not hungry, and you don’t want to eat anything.

What Are The Causes Of Loss Of Appetite In Toddlers?

It’s not uncommon for toddlers to eat less than what they consumed as babies.So,what causes loss of appetite in toddlers?You would notice the loss of appetite in all children between one to five years of age. As long as your child is energetic, happy and active, you really shouldn’t worry about the appetite slump. [1] One thing to note here is that as your baby turned one he had doubled or even tripled his birth weight. But as a toddler he will gain weight less often. Most children gain just four to five pounds a year after their first birthday. Their body does not grow as rapidly as it did when they were infants. The appetite center in your child’s brain regulates his changed dietary needs. So, toddlers would eat as much food as they would need for growth and energy during this stage. Hence, they experience a physiological anorexia.

However,there are other reasons for loss of appetite in toddlers: [3]

Stress And Depression: Well, there could be many reasons that explain your toddler’s stress. Did you move to a new house? Is he missing his old friends? Has he joined a new school? Did he get bullied? You will find your child has become quiet or may be a little aggressive if he is suffering from stress, anxiety or depression. This could be the cause of sudden loss of appetite in toddlers.

Any Health Issue: Did your child fall ill recently? Did your pediatrician prescribe any medication for him? After falling sick your toddler’s body would take some time to get back to normal. A loss of appetite is pretty normal while recuperating. Loss of appetite in toddlers with fever happens normally.

Munching and Drinking Between Meals: Is your child snacking a lot or is gulping down too many glasses of juice between meals? Either of the two habits can explain his inability to finish his meal.

Physically Inactive: Is your child spending all his time and energy watching TV and playing games on your Smartphone? Lack of exercise too can take a toll on your toddler’s digestion and appetite.

[ Read: Fun Physical Activities For Toddlers ]

When To Seek Medical Help?

Seek a pediatrician’s advice in the following situations:

  • You notice a weight loss in your child without any apparent reason.
  • If your child has not gained any weight during the last six months.
  • If your child is suffering from diarrhea or fever.
  • If your child throws up after every meal.

[ Read: Signs Of Stress In Toddlers ]