My baby is weak and has no appetite, what should I do?

My baby is weak and has no appetite, what should I do?

This question ranks first among nutritional problems. In fact, the weight and height increase -the rate of increase changes every month- is it normal or not? Every mother has thought and worried several times in her life that her baby is like this, or she was worried that she might have problems in the future due to malnutrition and that she would be physically behind her peers.

In fact, when development is evaluated, six types of anorexia or feeding difficulties have been identified, and only one of them fits the definition of organic disease. Children who choose food, misjudged by parents, active, fearful of eating, and withdrawn fit the other five definitions. While making definitions, the situation in the development cards according to age and/or month is examined.

Of course, I would like to think that every child is a child health specialist who monitors their growth, does the necessary examinations to relieve the concerns of mothers when appropriate, and supports the supplements they need to take with complementary and functional foods first.

Then, our first answer must be a pediatrician so that he can detect the growth problem of our "weak and lack of appetite" child. Secondly, it is necessary to determine whether there is a need for laboratory and radiological examination by defining both physical and neurological retardation in growth. If not needed, I suggest making a nutrition chart.

  • No appetite, not eating anything.
  • He has no appetite, he does not eat any fruit or vegetables.
  • He has no appetite, he never eats breakfast.
  • No appetite, gets full very quickly. 
  • He has no appetite, keeps it in his mouth, does not swallow.
  • He doesn't have an appetite, doesn't say he's ever hungry.
  • He has no appetite, he chooses a lot of food.
  • He has no appetite, he vomits if I force it.
  • He has no appetite, never eats solid food.
  • He has no appetite, he always wants to drink milk.
  • He has no appetite, he doesn't even know how to chew.
  • He has no appetite, chews but does not swallow.
  • He has no appetite, he eats very slowly.
  • He has no appetite, does not drink milk at all.

If these are your problems, evaluation together with physician control will be beneficial.

exp. Dr. Ahmet Memesa

Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology Specialist

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