Loss of Appetite

Loss of Appetite

Illness sometimes causes loss of appetite. Loss of appetite can occur from sore throat, fever, nausea, vomiting, or changes in a food’s taste or smell that may make a child not feel like eating. If illness is not the cause of the appetite loss, there are several other reasons why your child may not be eating. This may include:

  • Your child is eating between meals
  • Your child is drinking juice or other liquids between meals
  • Your child is exerting less energy than usual

Suggestions to help with loss of appetite:

  • Try a liquid or powdered meal replacement such as Carnation Instant Breakfast, Pediasure, Boost Kid Essentials, etc when it is hard you to eat. Discuss this with your provider.
  • Try small frequent meals throughout the day, rather than big meals.
  • Keep snacks available. Cheese and crackers, muffins, peanut butter, fruit or pudding.
  • Even if you do not feel like eating solid foods, try to drink beverages during the day. Soups, milkshakes, yogurt, and other milk based foods/fluids may give you more calories and nutrients.
  • Try to have something at bedtime.
  • Take advantage of times when you do feel well, and have a larger meal then. Some people have a better appetite in the morning, when they are well rested.
  • During meals, sip only small amounts of liquids because it can make you feel full. Try drinking 30-60 minutes before or after a meal.
  • Make mealtimes as relaxed and pleasant as possible. Present foods or meals in an attractive way may also help.
  • Regular physical activity may also help with your appetite.




Source: American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition and http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/en/healthaz/healthandwellness/nutrition/pages/appetite-slump-in-toddlers.aspx