TRAVEL AND TRANSITION
INDIFFERENCE TO FOOD
Surprisingly, some children, even if malnourished, are indifferent to food. These children usually have significant failure to thrive, but normal or near-normal cognitive development. These children often seem oblivious of hunger and never request snacks and meals. Their dismayed parents are at a loss to understand why a malnourished child refuses food or is indifferent to food; psychological problems between parent and child often ensue. These children must be carefully evaluated for medical reasons for failure to thrive. Occasionally, supplemental nighttime feeds are needed, and may eventually trigger normal hunger responses. Careful interventions may allow these children to eventually learn to eat properly; many never seem to particularly enjoy eating.
From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.