It is very common for all children, particularly toddlers, to go through a stage of being less interested in food and to be fussier about the foods that they will eat.
After the first year the rate at which small children grow becomes slower and their appetite will naturally reduce.
However if you are worried about your child’s weight or growth then you should discuss these with your health visitor.
Also, at this stage, children are very busy learning new skills and are less interested in stopping what they are doing and sitting down to eat. Toddlers and young children also are needing to become more independent – they will be eager to feed themselves and refusing food is a good way of asserting themselves!
Don’t worry about what your child eats at each meal or during each day. We all have days when we will eat more or less than others. It’s better if you can think about what your child eats over the period of a week.
If your child is well and has plenty of energy then they are getting what they need!
Remember things like a period of illness, teething or being constipated will also affect appetite and advice for managing these concerns can be given by your health visitor.
If you have tried these helpful strategies and are still concerned about your child’s eating then please contact the Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service to make a referral for further support.
Our admin team can be contacted at the address and phone number below.
If you have a message for a specific therapist, please contact our admin team and they will pass the message onto the therapist.
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service,
Cardiff and Vale UHB,
Phone: 029 2183 6585
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