Low Appetite Child and Nutrition Therapy Approaches

Toprak K., Samur G.

GUNCEL PEDIATRI-JOURNAL OF CURRENT PEDIATRICS, vol.17, no.2, pp.314-324, 2019 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.32941/pediatri.600348
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.314-324
  • Keywords: low appetite, limited appetite, picky eaters, food neofobia, food rejection, FEEDING DISORDERS, FOOD NEOPHOBIA, LEPTIN LEVELS, RISK-FACTORS, GROWTH, ASSOCIATION, GHRELIN, ANOREXIA, DENSITY, WEIGHT
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Lack of appetite and nutritional difficulties such as food selection and food phobia are common health problems in childhood, especially in infants and young children. Under each nutritional behavior, there can be important physiological causes as well as psychological reasons. The primary aim of treatment is to determine the underlying causes of loss of appetite and other nutritional problems. In the presence of an underlying organic cause, priority treatment should be elimination of this cause. One of the other important approaches is the identification of nutritional problems. This situation is important for the effectiveness of treatment approaches. Nutritional principles appropriate for the age of the child or baby may support the effective treatment of nutritional problems in practice. Determination of the nutritional strength of the patient and the planning of treatment methods for it are important for the effectiveness of the treatment.