Nutrition in Anorexia Children

Loss of appetite in children is one of the important problems that almost every parent complains about and has difficulty in finding a solution to. You can solve this problem, which can last from 8-9 months to school age, by choosing the right food at the right time, but most importantly, by approaching your child correctly.

“I can’t get my child to eat”, “He doesn’t care if I don’t give food for hours”… We often hear such complaints, because almost every mother has the same problem: children with no appetite!

Although the child’s desire to eat changes in certain periods according to the growth rate and personal situation, especially between the ages of 1-2, it is the period when the appetite is at its lowest level. In this period, especially the behavior of choosing food and refusing to eat is one of the problems that are frequently encountered. In addition, if your child is accustomed to eating frequently and little, you do not need to worry that he is not getting enough nutrients, since the food eaten in this way can have as much nutritional value as the main meal. However, if he has been losing weight for a long time without appetite, you should definitely consult a doctor as this problem may be caused by intestinal parasites, constipation, anemia or urinary tract infection.


Anorexia problem in children occurs in health problems such as teething, anemia and febrile diseases, psychological traumas such as divorce of parents, but mostly as a result of mistakes made by parents about nutrition. Because putting pressure on the child not to eat, rewarding him if he eats, punishing him when he doesn’t don’t work, and it causes the problem to get worse.

• Children with anorexia should first be examined by a pediatrician. Lack of appetite, iron deficiency, stomach problems, etc. It can have many physiological causes. Apart from this, some problems in the inner world of the child may also cause loss of appetite. If a physical or mental problem is detected, it must be resolved.

• Care should be taken to ensure that children with anorexia problems are fed little and often. The child should be offered as much food as he can consume. The large amount of food he will see on his plate may turn his appetite even more and intimidate him.

• Care should be taken not to consume too much liquid before meals.

• Meal times should be determined and care should be taken to eat and chat with the family at the table.

• Some children may not want to consume certain foods. At this point, the correct nutrition education to be given to the child is very important. The method of insisting or punishing the child is not appropriate in this regard. This may push the child further away from that food.

• A child who does not want to drink milk should be told about the benefits of milk as it will strengthen him. The consumption of a child who does not want to drink plain milk can be made easier by adding foods such as fresh fruit and honey to the milk. The separate and different shapes of the milk glass and the use of different straws can make drinking milk more attractive. It will be an exemplary behavior for the mother and father to consume milk with the child.

• Likewise, children who do not want to consume yoghurt can consume ayran or cacık, which is the diluted form of yoghurt, more easily.

• A child who does not want to eat cheese can easily consume the cheese in omelet, pastry, toast, or the cheese can be cut into animal shapes and decorated with various vegetables and presented to the child. A child who does not want to consume feta cheese can enjoy cheddar cheese, knitted cheese or tongue cheese.

• What needs to be done here is to make the unwanted food available to the child and to make the presentation in a way that appeals to him.

• School-age children like to measure how much they’ve grown from year to year. They want to be successful in school. Seeing that they get all these when they eat healthy will make them happy and motivate them.

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