There are several reasons why your child might have a poor appetite. Minor illnesses like colds and ear infections temporarily suppress appetite. Drinking quantities of milk or sweet juice, or eating too many snacks can make a child feel too full to eat at mealtimes.

By Dr. Carlene Wilson

For the Chronicle


Many parents worry when a child who ate ravenously as a baby becomes uninterested in food and seems to eat very little. This often happens around the second birthday, when the child’s growth rate slows. Parents are

concerned that their child is not getting enough nutrition. There may be days when a toddler eats only a few mouthfuls, or insists on eating only certain foods.