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Well in this post I will give you detailed information about low appetite in babies, toddlers and the foods which are appetite boosters.
Causes of low appetite in babies, toddlers and kids:There can be many reasons for poor appetite in babies and toddlers. Fever, cold and cough are the main culprits.
Even though the body recovers from fever or cold, the digestion process takes a bit longer to get back in track, resulting in tastelessness and low appetite.
Let’s see the other reasons for less appetite in babies, toddlers and kids.
According to Science, low appetite has been linked to Zinc deficiency in your body. Zinc produces hydrochloric acid which is required for proper digestion of food. A low level of Zinc produces less HCI which leads to poor appetite.
You can increase the levels of Zinc by providing chicken, wheat bran, cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds in your little one’s diet.
Unbalanced agni or digestion
According to Ayurveda, the ‘Pakwagni’ or the fire helps us to burn the food in the tummy and convert it into energy required by the body. Indigestion, gas and flatulence are all caused due to imbalance in this Agni.
In babies and toddlers usually the Agni or digestion process goes seemingly slow due to illnesses like fever, cold or cough.
In toddlers, there can be a constant weight for about 3-4 months. Their growth has slowed down; calorie requirement is less during those months and hence low appetite results.
Babies can also have the constant weight or no increase in weight for a few months. It’s known as ‘failure to thrive’ which is again caused as a result of infections, fever or any other serious illnesses.
Inadequate gaps between meals
When food is given without a proper gap of 3 to 4 hours, it won’t digest properly. In such a case, the baby or toddler won’t feel hungry for a long time.
Whole grains can make the tummies of babies and toddler full for long as it is rich in fibre. It might also cause low appetite.
Too much of milk/ dairy products
You read it right. Too much of cow’s milk or formula can result in low appetite among babies and toddlers. In case of toddlers, limit the cow’s milk or dairy products to 2-3 cups a day.
20 Foods to increase appetite in babies, toddlers and kids:
Here are the 20 foods that can help to increase appetite in babies, toddlers and kids naturally.
Ajwain or omam is an excellent appetite booster. You can give it to babies of 6 months and above in the form of ajwain water, parathas or as the tempering or tadka in food.
Hing, kayam or asafoetida is the anti-flatulent known to increase appetite in babies and toddlers. You can add hing to baby foods like khichdi, butter milk, khadi or rasam.
Ashtachoornam is an Ayurvedic powder made of ‘ashta’ or eight herbs. It can help to increase the appetite in toddlers and kids.
You can mix Ashtachoornam in warm ghee and rice for your toddler. It can also be mixed with buttermilk or warm water for your toddler every day.
Ashtachoornam can be started from the age of 1.
#4. Basil or tulasi
Basil or tulasi can help to improve digestion process and increase appetite in babies above 8 months.
Cinammon can increase appetite in babies, toddlers, kids and even adults. It contains ‘hydroxychalcone’ which increases appetite.