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What's a food aversion?

What's a food aversion?

Repulsed by food. : When the thought or sight of a certain food makes you feel mentally or physically sick. Common in pregnancy. You don't actally have to eat it to feel this way. ...Read more

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What are food aversions?

What are food aversions?

Foods you dislike: Food aversions are when you begin to be turned off to certain foods. Sometimes this is from an intense dislike of the smell - this can happen in early pregnancy, for example. Foods that were palatable become the opposite, and you become completely disgusted by them. ...Read more

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Can sudden food aversion to anything sweet be a sign of diabetes?

Can sudden food aversion to anything sweet be a sign of diabetes?

Unlikely : Early symptoms of diabetes include making lots of urine and always being thirsty, fatigue, maybe weight loss, inability to sleep through the night because of need to drink and void. ...Read more

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What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones: Two hormones, estrogen and Progesterone are quite elevated in a normal pregnancy. Both are likely responsible for the nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) experienced in the early part of pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the nausea gets better but most women continue to find that even the thought of certain foods makes them feel ill. Fortunately, things go back to normal after birth. ...Read more

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What treatment is available for food aversion in a child?

What treatment is available for food aversion in a child?

Hunger.: Food aversion is mainly the result of the mismatch between the child's true caloric needs (quite small, between 12 months of age and puberty) and parents' perceptions of when and how much the child should eat. Let them get hungry, don't try to force feed, and remember that when they are only hungry "for" a specific food, they are really not hungry. And avoid juices and sweetened drinks. ...Read more

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From which day of pregnancy food aversions may start ?

From which day of pregnancy food aversions may start ?

Usually none: The food aversions or cravings may never occur in pregnancy and this symptom varies greatly from person to person. Best to maintain and normal healthy diet throughout the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have food aversions around the time of your period?

Is it normal to have food aversions around the time of your period?

It makes sense.: As you period approaches, the estrogen and Progesterone levels are near their peak, then fall rapidly. This change can affect you in many ways, including taste and smell, which are important in enjoyment of food. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to have food aversions (fish) during a period?

Could it be healthy to have food aversions (fish) during a period?

No unhealthy: Either. Food aversions are something that we don't understand incredibly well, just like food compulsions. But it's unlikely to be unhealthy if it's only fish and just during your period. This may just be something unique to you and the respective hormone changes that occur during your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Is there a way to determine if your child has a food aversion versus an allergy, like peanut butter versus something cooked in peanut oil?

Is there a way to determine if your child has a food aversion versus an allergy, like peanut butter versus something cooked in peanut oil?

Allergy blood test: Your pedi can do blood testing for peanut allergy. Allergy symptoms can include itchy mouth, lip or tongue or facial swelling, difficulty breathing, or hives. Food intolerance means child may have mild symptoms and will likely outgrow the allergy. Only 30% of kids outgrow peanut allergy sometime between 6 yrs and 16 yrs.Problem. Peanut allergy can be life threatening and related to any peanut p. ...Read more

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5y/o tonsils never went down after infection 3yrs ago. Snores & food aversions cuz foods cause him to gag. Dr wont refer for removal. 2nd opinion?

Enlarged tonsils: If you do not feel secure with the explanation you have received regarding your child's condition, you most certainly should seek a second opinion. Enlarged tonsils that interfere with sleep and eating are valid cause for concern. ...Read more