possible cause Your child's appetite may be reduced if he or she is in a phase of slow growth or is taking less exercise then previously.

action As long as your child seems well and happy and is not losing weight, there is no cause for concern. However, if your child begins to lose weight or fails to grow normally, you should consult your doctor.

Possible causes Your child may have an underlying illness such as an intestinal disorder that is causing a loss of appetite and poor growth. However, dieting or the eating disorder anorexia nervosa (see Eating disorders, p.139) need to be considered. Consult your doctor.

action Your doctor will examine your child and may arrange for tests to exclude an underlying disorder. If it is appropriate, an assessment by a psychiatrist may be suggested.

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