Potential problems

Anorexia, refusal to eat

These children often have a small appetite and are particularly prone to nausea. Do not worry; this attitude may take root if your child sees you concerned or upset.

You should know that your child’s diet is tailored to his or her appetite and, even if he or she does not eat much, enteral nutrition ensures sufficient nutrients for normal growth. If he or she refuses to eat despite usually having a normal appetite, try to find out the cause of this refusal and, especially, whether your child has begun to decompensate.


Intercurrent diseases and other situations that heighten the risk of decompensation

Certain situations can increase the risk of acute decompensation:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, diarrhoea;
  • Fever due to any cause;
  • Infectious diseases;
  • Anaesthesia and surgery;
  • Fasting for long periods.


In all these cases, and depending on the presence or lack of clinical signs, the healthcare centre responsible for your child will outline the measures to be taken. _