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hi, i have 3 boys age 7, 4.5 and 1.2 yrs, they have bad apetite, they don't eat much. also they sleep very less only 9 or 10 hrs in 24 hrs. pls help me?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sounds normal: I think 9-10 hours is ok at this age unless the kids are showing signs of sleep deficit (night terrors, sleep walking, frequent cat naps). Most in these age groups are picky eaters & may eat well only 4-5 days /mo. As long as the food you offer is nutritious & they are growing steadily on their annual exam, i'd leave it alone. Try not to be talked into "treats" just so they will eat something.

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