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Baby does not want to eat

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: September 6, 2020 9:35 AM
Anonymous 14 months

Hi Doctor, my 2 year old baby gone from 10kg to 9kg in one week and refuses to eat any solids. Only drink milk. What can I do about this?

Dr Sashini Seeni 15 months
General Practitioner

Hi, thank you for contacted us to get our professional view.

Baby could be so fussy to eat and it could be normal, but sometimes the normal is caused by abnormal conditions. Baby can rapidly lose weight due to a number of environmental, physical, psychological or medical conditions.

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

If you are worried that your baby experiencing weight loss due to medical condition, these are some signs and symptoms that can be seen :

  • Tiredness
  • Dehydration
  • Constipation
  • Feeling cold or low body temperature
  • Behavioral changes

There are few ways to encourage your baby to eat well :

  • Let them decide : you may involved them during the grocceries shop, let them involved in tasting the food before you served.
  • Gentle approach : you can use few phrases to encourage your baby to eat such as "if you eat this rice, you will grow bigger and can ride tricycle soon ! "
  • Different but the same : baby sometimes could be fussy of a particular food because of the texture or color of the food, why not you try to present it in different way such as make a smoothie out of bananas.
  • Make it fun : you might try to use fun utensils to excite them to have their meal. You also might want to decorate the plate more following their favorite characters.

Boost your children’s immunity and let them explore

We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your baby’s wellness or you can speak to us (DoctorOnCall) through a private consultation. Thank you !


Last Updated: Sun Sep 06 2020 09:35:16 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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