Alternate the first breast you offer at each feed ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin which causes contractions of the uterus, helping to stop hemorrhage and initiating weight loss ||After the first hectic weeks, babies take longer naps at predictable times. And you'll become a much better time manager ||Don't allow your pet on the couch while you are holding baby. This makes dogs bigger and taller in relation to your infant and may encourage aggression. ||Trim your baby’s nails weekly after a bath when the nails are softened ||If your child's scalp is very crusty, put some baby oil or olive oil on the scalp 1 hour before washing to soften the crust ||Toddler's appetite may change almost daily. Let her be the judge of how much she needs and wants to eat. ||During the day, don't try to catch up on chores while the baby sleeps. Lie down and rest ||Your toddler may be clumsy simply due to her trials to master so many new physical skills at the same time. The more active she is, the more likely she will drop things, run into things, or fall down. ||
Loss of Appetite in children

 This is a very common problem among children between the ages of 2-6 years.   
 

Usually the parents share in the development of such problem (without knowing) by showing their worries and complaints (in front of her child) that he doesn't eat enough. In the majority of cases this child is a doing well with appropriate weight and height for his age and sex.

Trying to persuade your child to eat more, most probably isn't beneficial, it might even have adverse effects by increasing refusal of eating
 
Causes of loss of appetite:
 

1. As the rate of growth slows down in older toddlers, they often do start to lose appetite as their nutrition requirements may be slightly decreased, and they start to enforce their independence by voicing their likes and dislikes. It is also important to remember that developing personal tastes and a healthy will are perfectly normal and expected at this age.

2. When your child is sick, he or she will probably not want to eat as much. A decrease in appetite is normal with most minor illnesses.
 
3. Correlating the act of eating to an unhappy event

4. Forcing the child to eat more than he wants

5. Eating junk food in between meals

6. Anemia
 

What can I do to help my child? 

 

1. Offering food in an attractive way ( using colored spoons and plates with interesting shapes made especially for kids)

2. Fix the time of your child meals as much as possible

3. Food preferences are developed early in life and once they are established, they are hard to break. Therefore, the earlier you encourage healthy food choices for your child, the better.

4. For a while let your child choose what he eats. Children with decreased appetites usually continue to drink enough fluids.

5. Once you allow your child to be in charge of how much she eats, the unpleasantness at mealtime and your concerns about her health should disappear in a matter of 2 to 4 weeks. Your child's appetite will improve when she becomes older and needs to eat more.

6. Put your child in charge of how much he eats at mealtime.

7. Allow one small snack between meals.

8. Offer more finger foods.

9. Serve small portions of food--less than you think your child will eat.

10. Consider giving your child daily vitamins. (After consultation of your pediatrician)

11. Make meal times pleasant.

12. Avoid conversation about eating.

13. Don't extend mealtime.
 
What Shouldn't I do?
 

1. Don't awake the child at night to feed him.

2. Don't offer the child snacks at short intervals ( less than 2 hours) intervals throughout the day.

3. Don't permit snacks that are larger than a regular meal.

4. Don't try to make the child feel guilty

5. Don't threaten your child

6. Some parents force their child to sit in the high chair for long periods of time after the meal has ended.

7. Never pick up your child's spoon or fork trying various ways to get food into his mouth.

 

When should I call my child's health care provider?

 Call  2356 IMMEDIATELY if:
• Your child is less than 2 months old.
• Your child has not urinated in more than 8 hours.
• Your child starts acting very sick.

Call during office hours if:

• The poor appetite lasts for more than 1 week.
• Your child is not drinking adequate fluids.
• You have other questions or concerns.

 

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