Q. What can be done to improve the appetite of 22 months old baby?

Answered by
Dr. Shilpa Reddy Diggireddy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 03, 2018

Hello doctor,

My 22 months old baby girl had a fever on Wednesday and was on Babygesic and Sinarest-AF drops for cold and fever. Until now she did not have fever but now she has raised temperature. She has not eaten solids from Wednesday. I am very worried. Please help. She is such a poor eater and is currently on Dee drops, Aptivate for hunger on a daily basis. Vitamin D test was performed last year.

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Hello,

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First of all your baby is quite underweight. She has to be above 13 kg by 22 months (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Coming to the fever part, she requires an antibiotic for the fever to subside. Please give her syrup Azee (Azithromycin) 200 - 2.5ml once a day for three days.

Now, her not eating solid food issue. Do not force her in any way or else she will develop an aversion to food and will become fussier. It is okay if she does not want to, do not come under pressure from the people surrounding you. They do not know your baby as you do. Please add the Pediasure powder to her milk and give it compulsorily twice a day. Her weight will improve in two weeks. I cannot stress this enough. Do not force food on her.

For more information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician


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Thank you doctor,

She does not drink juice also, and now because of fever, she is not drinking milk. How will I give her medicines on an empty stomach? Currently, I am giving her junior Horlicks but looks like she is catching a cold quite often because of that. Will Pediasure help her? She does not like anything sweet.

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Giving medicines to her in empty stomach is not an issue. So, do not worry. If you are worried about getting her stomach upset, you can give her syrup Rantac 4 ml 20 minutes before any medication. It will soothe her tummy.

Coming to Pediasure, yes it is a little sweet but not anything very high in sugar. So add Pediasure to plain warm milk. They have few flavors and also single-use sachets, you can try those.

I am stressing again do not force her, if you do, then she will not take what she is taking now too. The infection will reduce her appetite a little so give her a few days to feel better then you can start Pediasure. Presently, let her have whatever she likes.

For more information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician


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Thank you doctor,

I will try Pediasure. She says that her leg is hurting off late. I am scared doctor. Can I continue to give her Aptivate or any other medicine that will increase her appetite?

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Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Her leg pain is mostly due to the deficiency of proper nutrition which shall improve over time. You can give her Aptivate (Cuminum Cyminum, Embelia Ribes, etc.) but stop that till she has completed her present medication course because it will be difficult for you as well as her to take so many medications.

For more information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician


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