2 years

3 year old wont drink formula or eat

After recovering from his fever, My 3 year old wont drink his formula milk and hardly eat anything. All he wants is orange juice/sunquick. What should I do?

Greetings! Thank you for your question.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding this matter. For your information, food refusal in children (1 to 5 years old) is part of their normal psychological development. Otherwise, if your child has symptoms such as vomiting and choking, loss of weight, your child would need a proper evaluation by a doctor.

You may also try the following tips:

  • Offer rejected food at another time. Keep trying. Do not give up.
  • Keep introducing new types of food to your child.
  • Discourage eating meals or snacks while watching TV as it will distract your child’s attention. Make the eating environment as relaxed as possible.
  • Eating with the family also encourages your child to look forward to meals. It also gives you a chance to focus on her and even teach her about the food she’s eating.
  • Set a good example by eating a variety of foods and make sure she knows that you are enjoying every mouthful.
  • Prepare different food (include those that the child likes) at each meal.
  • Present food in an interesting manner and in a variety of ways .
  • Avoid sugary snacks in between meals.
  • You can give your child multivitamin supplements for a period when your child refuses certain foods.

Boost your children’s immunity and let them explore.

However, this answer is just a general description. In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor for full examination with imaging studies. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

Give your little ones the medical attention they need. Speak to a pediatrician to discuss your child’s health problems.


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