Emphasizing that babies choose certain foods after they reach their sense of taste and do not want to eat, in this case, families should not be coercive. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “Sometimes it takes a while before parents understand their children’s taste. When a new food is started, the child may not like it, and may refuse by taking it out of his mouth. “Although such situations are generally perceived as anorexia by parents, there is no need to worry if the baby is at a normal weight.”

Reminding that children may have short-term loss of appetite during their teething period, Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “If the child has an upper respiratory tract infection and cold during the illness, loss of appetite may occur, but these last a maximum of one week and return to normal. In cases that last longer than a week and cause weight loss, a doctor should be consulted and if there is no underlying disease, appropriate propolis, vitamin C and zinc supplements can be given to babies ”.

Attention should be paid if there is no appetite for more than a week.

Emphasizing that loss of appetite that lasts longer than a week and causes weight loss can be a harbinger of serious illnesses, Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “For the diagnosis of anorexia, blood count, urine test, blood, biochemistry, kidney and liver function tests should be done, and the levels of devit and vitamin in the blood should be checked. While physiological conditions improve spontaneously, if there is an underlying cause, diagnosis and treatment of the disease is required.

Especially urinary tract infection may start with anorexia and then continue with fever. “Other growth and development problems, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin D or other vitamin deficiencies, celiac and inflammatory bowel diseases, chronic liver and kidney diseases can also start as anorexia and then growth arrest.”




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