Children Aged 3 Years Look Weak, Do Not Want To Eat After Recovering From Diarrhea?
I have a 3-year-old daughter who is still breast milk … from a baby who does not want to get milk and until now she is breastfeeding with her 6-month-old sister … it’s hard to wean her, for some days she looks weak, lethargic and lackluster and eat a little … but he drinks water and a lot of breast milk … sometimes his body temperature is warm and a little diarrhea but it goes away by itself … he often touches the inside of his mouth, I think maybe he has thrush … but he still wants to play , indeed before a few weeks ago he was sick with diarrhea, vomiting and a slight fever and the medicine given by the doctor was not spent because he was very difficult to take medicine … his condition now makes me worry, do I need to take him to a pediatrician? and does still drinking ASI at this age affect his health … my child is small but he is very rarely sick … please explain … thank you.
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We understand the concerns that you feel
A sign of a healthy toddler, he will experience growth and development according to his age, and actively play and interact with the surrounding environment.
Children who appear weak, lethargic and not excited can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Daily nutritional deficiencies Lack of fluids / dehydration Children fatigue with activities undertaken Children have anemia / low hemoglobin levels Suffer from infectious diseases, such as respiratory or digestive infections
To find out more, we recommend that you take your child to the nearest doctor or pediatrician. The doctor will evaluate the condition of your child and look for possible causes that cause these complaints. If necessary, investigations such as blood laboratories may be needed to assess blood hemoglobin levels and look for possible infections in the child's body.
However, as a parent, you should also evaluate how the intake / intake of food consumed by your child. Consumption of unbalanced food can cause children to experience symptoms of nutritional deficiencies such as growth that tends to be thin, not reaching ideal body weight, and becoming less active. At the age of toddlers, they can already choose the food he wants and he wants, so at that age they tend to be choosy food (pitchy eater) which causes them to be difficult to eat. Of course this often makes parents feel confused and if the condition is left, it will have an impact on the child's growth. To respond to these conditions, parents should be sensitive to the wishes of children, offer food what children want and try to try a variety of food variations so that children are not bored with the food consumed.
Lack of nutrients such as iron can trigger anemia in children which can cause similar symptoms. Anemia is very common in children under five. This is generally not realized by parents.
Ideally, infants aged 6 months and older than 1 year old are advised to consume iron supplements to meet the daily iron needs of children, because breastfeeding alone is not enough to meet iron needs. Iron is needed for blood cells, avoid anemia, and affect children's intelligence in the future. Iron is also easily obtained from animal protein such as chicken liver, beef liver, red meat and vegetables.
Infection in the mouth or digestive tract can also cause children to be less active / not passionate, weak and decreased appetite.
The thing to do is look for the basic cause of the complaint.
However, you do not need to worry because your child's condition is not included in the category of dangerous symptoms, but should be evaluated further.
Give adequate nutrition, by providing enough food 5-6 times a day. Do not give children food in large portions and force to spend because it can make children feel depressed and increasingly refuse to eat. Give high calorie healthy snacks. In addition, provide adequate fluid intake to avoid the risk of dehydration.
Breastfeeding is recommended until the age of 2 years. After 2 years, children are expected to get nutrients from staple foods in full. Although breastfeeding continued for up to 3 years does not have any effect on the child, but the habit should be stopped by weaning it lovingly. If the sister continues to get breast milk until the age of 3 years, it is feared that the younger brother who is 6 months old does not get optimal nutrition. Though we need to know that babies under 1 year of age need optimal nutrition with exclusive breastfeeding at the age of 0-6 months and continued with the provision of MPASI. Optimal nutrition in infants is very important in the growth and development of children in the future.
Thus the information we can convey, hopefully helps