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In a 9 year old, how common is it for the flu to cause you to have no appetite? she's drinking, but she's not really hungry?

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

The illness triggers release of chemical factors that can suppress appetite. If you concentrate on offering simple carbohydrates like breads/rice/potatoes/applesauce this can sometime trigger more feeding activity.

Answered Oct 29, 2022

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

It is quite common. Offer soft foods, soup and other non acidic fluids. If there are signs of dehydration, shortness of breath or prolonged cough, please see your physician. The duration of the illness is usually around 10 to 14 days.

Answered Oct 31, 2022

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

As with any illness, the flu can cause decreased appetite for both children and adults.In an otherwise healthy child, eating less solid foods will not present much of a problem, but fluid intake is most important (even fluidy foods count for this), so that they don’t become dehydrated. Fever can also increase loss of fluids, so be sure that they are drinking enough to urinate and call Dr if worse.

Answered Oct 31, 2022

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