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comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
+1 for taking into accounts natural peaks (and lows) in children's growth and behaviours and looking out for overall growth (heigth and not just weight). The timeframe (2-3 weeks) you mention is I think the one that is comfortable for me. Incidently her appetite has picked up again and she's put the weight back on, and overall her loss of appetite lasted I'd say 3 weeks.
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comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
Yes, i was worried, but not after 2 days; i guess i was trying to say in my comment on your answer is that it shows that parents may respond differently to this situation depending on their own circumstances, their child and their way on handling things. So you worry after 2 days, when I wouln't :)
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comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
Thank you for your answer, but to me this is more like an opinion (which I fully respect :)) about what you would do in your own context. The "couple of days" timeframe you mention seems very short - from what I have read and heard it is quite common for toddlers to have periods of time when they just eat less (I have another child who has huge fluctuations in appetite yet is very healthy). For the 10% loss, my taking (see my comment to Torben's answer) is that it needs to be checked over time (so a one-off weighing is not sufficient).
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comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
Another comment is that I am not sure I understand about the first criterium "When the child is already low in the weight chart". If a child is for example at 95th and drops to 50th, I would say it would be more worrying than one who is at 10th dropping to 5th. Wouldn't it be better to say "if child crosses x curves" or if child loses more than x% body weight?
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comment When should you worry about a toddler's loss of appetite and weight?
+1 - I like your answer although I would welcome some qualifyers around the criteria listed (e.g. more than one applying, symptoms for a period of time, etc.). Also if a child is sick, it can be expected that (s)he will be losing some weight, but regain it quite quickly. Incidently, I weighed my daughter today and she has regained 1 kilo (not sure how :)), so I am taking as a lesson learnt that weight loss should be checked over a period of time (just not sure how long).