If your child is sick or getting cancer treatment, he or she may not feel like eating. But your child will need to get enough protein and calories to grow and develop. Eating well will help your child handle their illness and side effects of treatment better.
Change your child's eating habits to help them get more calories:
Make eating more pleasant and fun:
Infants and babies:
Toddlers and preschool children:
Getting more calories - children
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