Appetite Slump In Toddlers
An appetite slump is normally seen in many children between age 1 and 4. This falloff in appetite reflects a normal slowdown in growth. If children continued to grow at the rapid rate seen during the first year, they could be 10 feet tall! As long as your child doesn't lose weight or act sick, all is well. Since there is no way to make children eat more than they want, your main goal is to keep mealtime pleasant.
- First: Put your child in charge of how much he eats. The normal hunger drive will see to it that your toddler eats enough calories for growth and energy.
- Second: Limit milk to 16 ounces per day. Drinking too much milk fills kids up and dulls the appetite. Also, limit snacks.
- Third: Try serving small portions of food, less than what you think your child will eat.
- Fourth: Give your child a daily vitamin tablet so that you won't have to worry about any nutritional problems.
- Finally and most importantly: Don't pick up his spoon or fork. Forced feeding leads to a power struggle and eating even less. If your child is hungry, he will feed himself.
If you have other questions about your child's appetite, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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