HomeAnswersPediatricsloss of appetiteMy 2-year-old daughter is not eating anything and has developed a cough and cold since yesterday. Kindly help.

What can cause loss of appetite associated with cough and cold in children?

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Published At November 17, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My daughter is two years old. She has not been eating anything and has developed a cough and cold since yesterday. Although we have been administering medication, she still refuses to eat. This has been going on for the past ten days. She seems to keep her mouth closed, cries frequently, and is experiencing sleep disturbances. The medications we are giving her include syrup containing a combination of Ambroxol, Guifenesin and Levosalbutamol and a tablet of Cyproheptadine. Kindly help.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understood your concern. I have reviewed the prescription. The prescription was provided for diarrhea. The decreased appetite could be attributed to the presence of a cough and cold. I suggest you discontinue syrup containing a combination of Ambroxol, Guifenesin and Levosalbutamol and a tablet of Cyproheptadine. I also suggest you start the below mentioned medications:

  1. Syrup Levosalbutamol 0.067 ounces twice a day for five to seven days.
  2. Syrup containing Montelukast and Levocetirizine 0.067 ounces twice a day for ten days.

Additionally, I suggest having the child physically assessed for potential constipation. If constipation is present, it can lead to reduced appetite and weight. In such cases, Cyproheptadine tablet will not be effective. If the situation does not improve or worsens, I suggest you consult a specialist, talk with them and take the medications with their consent. I hope this has helped you. Kindly follow up if you have more doubts.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Pediatrics

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