How can I stimulate my 2 year old's appetite?

How can I stimulate my 2 year old's appetite?
How can I stimulate my 2 year old's appetite?

Q: Hi, I would like some advise on what can I do for my almost 2 years old boy appetite. He is very "picky" and sometimes does not want to eat anything besides milk. Do you know of any multivitamins that will stimulate his appetite? Thanks

A: Having a child who doesn't eat can be both frustrating and worrisome for a parent. You are right to seek help before the problem results in a health issue for your child.

There are many reasons for a child not having an appetite. One of the most common is a vitamin/mineral deficiency. The following nutrient deficiencies can be related to appetite loss:

  • Iron
  • B-Vitamins
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium

Therefore supplementing with a whole-food multi-vitamin/mineral for children may be a good idea to help try to boost appetite. New Chapter is a company I like because their multi is equivalent to eating food and shouldn't upset your child's stomach. Another option is doing a "greens" drink like Greens + for kids. They have a fruit flavored version and this drink will help get lots of needed nutrients into your child's body. Lastly there are a few appetite stimulating products. The first is called Alfalfa plex, which is an UNDA product (Seroyal). It is a homeopathic product and is safe for children. The second product is called Kiddie Florish and can also help to increase hunger in children.

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Lilian is a registered holistic nutritionist who has worked in the nutrition and corporate wellness fields for the over a decade. She teaches pediatric nutrition, delivers corporate and public nutrition seminars, runs a weight-loss program, does one-on-one nutritional counseling and writes on nutrition and wellness topics. Since having her son Noa, Lilian has taken a keen interest in educating mom’s to be and new parents about proper nutrition during these special periods. Lilian has been featured in Elle Magazine, Flare, Today’s Bride and The Weekly Scoop, MSN/Sympatico’s Weight Loss Challenge and appeared on City TV.