Causes of poor appetite in children

My child does not eat like his peers …… My child suffers from poor appetite

Many mothers repeated this phrase especially after the child reached his first year, where his activity increased and his desire for food was reduced.

Before a mother controls her child with poor appetite or eating a small amount of food below the normal range, she should consider several things:


Children are naturally different in how much they eat. If some of them eat just a small amount of food, there are others who are not satisfied with this ability and want to eat more. This difference is quite normal and does not cause concern for the child’s health as long as the weight increases naturally, and shows no symptoms.

If the mother notices that her baby’s appetite for food has been weakened and that her baby does not grow and does not gain weight clearly, she should consult a doctor about whether the child has a complaint or the reason for poor appetite.


That the child may weaken his appetite for food because he does not crave the food provided by the mother, and may crave the child certain foods and rejected after a period because the appetite of children to food changes over the age. The mother must take into account this aspect and work to recognize what the child wants to eat and try to provide it.


The mother should be aware of the effect of the psychological state on the child’s appetite. It is not necessary for the reason for the weakness of appetite to be an organic cause, but sometimes the reason is psychological in the sense that the child loses his appetite for food for his mood disorder or sense of frustration or depression or feeling bored as it happens to adults completely.


It has also been mentioned in advance that the weakness of the child’s appetite may be due to organic reasons. Childhood warming is the most common organic cause of poor appetite in children. The temperature of the child in many cases such as measles, tonsillitis or influenza, as well as during teething or after vaccination.

There is no risk that the child will eat less than normal during the illness and the mother will compensate for this by providing nutritious fluids such as fruit juices, and some snacks such as vegetable soup, biscuits or yoghurt. Poor appetite may appear in these cases, perhaps before the onset of the disease is obvious, where the child becomes moody, crying, and unpredictable food.

  • In all cases of poor appetite, mothers should not resort to stress or force the child to eat. This behavior usually calls for stubbornness and rejection, and his appetite is further weakened by stress. But you should look for the cause of poor appetite or consult a doctor to prescribe some medications that help to stimulate the child’s appetite or some supplements.

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