Lack of appetite in children is a common problem. Children are not interested in eating healthy food but they are happier to eat fast foods. Regular eating of fast food causes inflammation of the intestine that reduces the appetite in children. Parents often consult a child specialist for lack of appetite in kids. Liver is the main organ that helps to stimulate the production of bile that helps in proper digestion of food. Appetite is also controlled by the liver. Parents become worried when their child does not eat properly. There are some children who do not like to eat anything whereas there are some kids who want the food of their choice. Lack of appetite can produce many other problems in children. It causes loss of energy and child feels weak and tired all the time. Child does not want to go out for play and does not take interest in studies or any other activity as well.
Some children eat junk food at wrong times due to which they lose appetite. Parents should keep a check on their children and try to give them nutritious food.
Causes of lack of appetite in children
There are different causes of lack of appetite in kids. Every child having decreased appetite may have a different reason for the problem. Some of the common causes of lack of appetite in children are:
The most common cause of loss of appetite in kids is influenza. When children have influenza, the taste of their mouth is not good and they do not like to eat anything. They have decreased energy and do not like to eat anything. You may offer liquid diet during influenza of flu.
Some children have too much stress on their mind. Stress is another important cause that may produce lack of appetite in children. If you see that your child is irritable and wants to remain aloof then you should sit and talk to your child. Your child may have a fight in school or have pressure of exams due to which he/she may have lack of appetite. Do not force your child to eat but ask the exact reason to solve the problem.
Sometimes children lose appetite due to distraction. They are sometimes busy in playing games or watching television. It is important that parents should not give food to their children when they are busy in some other task.
Sometimes, the child may not be hungry and if you force him/her to eat food, he/she will reject the food. You should offer the food to the child only when he/she feels hungry and have an urgent desire to eat the food.
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Treatment for lack of appetite in children
Lack of appetite in kids is an important concern for parents and they should consult a physician if their child does not eat anything for many days. Lack of appetite will lead to stunted growth. Child will have weakness in the whole body and mental development of the child will also slow down. A natural product such as Liv-T is a combination of homeopathic remedies for lack of appetite in children. Liv-T is an excellent tonic of liver for kids. This homeopathic product consists of best homeopathic remedies for the treatment of diseases of liver for kids. The details of Liv-T are discussed below:
Carduus Marianus: This is an excellent homeopathic remedy for the treatment of diseases of liver. It helps to give relief from swelling of liver. It improves the appetite in children by boosting up the functioning of the liver.
Chelidonium Majus: This homeopathic remedy is one of the best remedy for jaundice and enlarged liver. It is recommended for children who suffer from loss of appetite due to constipation. There may be vomiting and diarrhoea due to weak liver.
Andrographis Paniculata: It is an excellent remedy for the treatment of liver diseases. It is recommended for digestive disorders in children. It helps to improve appetite in children by stimulating the functioning of the liver.
Hydrastis Canadensis: It is recommended for jaundice and other diseases of the liver. It is an excellent remedy for loss of appetite in children. It also helps to improve the digestion. The tongue is coated. There may be fullness of stomach due to digestive disorder.
Taraxacum: This homeopathic remedy is recommended for liver obstruction. It helps to improve the digestion in children. It acts on the liver cells and helps in improving the functioning of the liver. It also helps in removal of the renal and gall stones.
Podophyllum Peltatum: This homeopathic remedy is indicated when there is jaundice of liver along with constipation. There is extreme pain on the right side. Area on the right side may be sensitive to touch due to liver colic.
Ipecacuanha: It is the best remedy when there is nausea and vomiting. It helps in relieving the gallstone colic. This helps to improve the liver functioning by boosting up the energy.
It is recommended to give one tea spoon, three times in a day to get best results.
Home remedies for lack of appetite in children
- You may prepare a menu for your child that includes healthy food so that your child may pick up healthy food.
- The foods that you prepare for your child should be healthy and try to present the food in such a way that your child gets easily attracted to it and like to eat it quickly.
- Do not give snacks to your child before regular meal times. It will create problem and your child may not eat food at the time of meals.
- Try to sit with your child when he/she is eating food and see that your child should finish complete food.
- You may give papaya and other fruits to eat because papaya is an excellent remedy for stimulation of liver cells and it helps to improve the appetite in children.
- Ginger is also an excellent stimulant. You may take out juice of ginger and give one teaspoon everyday to stimulate appetite.