Should Toddlers Be Given Vitamins To Increase Their Appetite?
My child is 1 year 3 months old, it is very difficult to eat and drink milk, only 5 kg a month. Does my child need to be given appetite vitamins?
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Almost every baby will have a difficult phase of eating. This condition can occur due to various factors, but the most common is related to the wrong diet, for example:
Forcing children to eat
Punish children when they don't want to eat
Provide food that is not appropriate for the child's age
Give a boring menu
Give food an unattractive appearance
Get children used to eating while playing, taking a walk
Giving gadgets to eat with children
Giving too many snacks between meals
Not being disciplined in determining a child's meal schedule, and so on
Apart from the things above, there are many other factors that cause children to have difficulty eating, for example indigestion, infections (including tuberculosis), mouth sores, swollen gums, before teething, sore throat, and so on.
Each of the possible causes above needs to be evaluated first before deciding on an appetite enhancer supplement. Giving improper appetite enhancing supplements risks causing your child to experience allergies and other health problems.
Our advice, first try to overcome your child's eating difficulties with the following steps:
Give the child to eat at the same time every day 2 to 4 times a day
Give the child a moderate but regular meal
Adjust the taste and consistency of food to the child's taste
Vary the daily diet
Teach him to eat alone as early as possible
Accompany him to eat together
Create a pleasant dining atmosphere
Do not force, let alone punish children when they don't want to eat
Nor does it give a child gifts when he eats right
Not giving excessive snacks between meals
Usually, difficulty eating in children will pass by itself in 1 to 2 weeks so there is no need to worry. There is also no requirement that you need to consume formula milk at the age of 1 year or more.
Therefore, you try to do the steps above consistently and with great patience. If within 2 weeks you don't see a meaningful difference, you can check your child directly to a doctor or pediatrician so that they are given the best treatment according to the condition that underlies the complaint.
I hope this helps.