Decreased Appetite And Weight Loss In Children Aged 10 Months?
Hello doctor. R n My child is 10 months old but he has very little appetite. And he lost weight. I suspect that my child has worms because of his thin body but his big stomach. What medicines can I safely give my baby?
Underweight children aged 10 months should be considered. From the condition that your child is experiencing, a lack of appetite accompanied by a thin body and a large stomach is not always caused by worms.
Worms in children are usually transmitted through food containing worm eggs, or through direct contact with worms or worm eggs. Worms in children can also be caused by various types of worms.
In general, symptoms of worms, such as decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight not increasing, can be accompanied by blood stools and fever. If the worms are heavy enough, the worms can cluster and block the digestive tract so that the stomach becomes very enlarged and the child cannot defecate. In addition, consuming worm medicine cannot be done carelessly.
But thin weight and decreased appetite are not always caused by worms, there are several other causes that can cause such as what your child is experiencing:
TB infection anemia / lack of red blood cells malnutrition gastrointestinal tract infection obstructive ileus tumors. maybe later additional tests will be done such as blood tests, X-rays, stool examinations or ultrasound if necessary.
give your child protein-containing foods, such as fish, meat, or chicken. Puree these foods, and provide a variety of foods to help increase appetite in children. provide small but frequent portions of food. Maintain hygiene of the food consumed by your child, and wash your hands before eating.
Here's an article that you can read about pinworms
may be useful. thank you