Altered taste and smell

One common reason why children on treatment do not eat is because, for them, food has no taste or tastes bad. If the problem is food having no taste, try serving highly seasoned food (e.g., Italian, Mexican, or curried foods). If foods taste bitter or metallic, avoid using metal pots, pans, and utensils. Serve the child's food with plastic knives, forks, and spoons. Replace red meat with tofu, chicken or turkey, eggs, and dairy products.

For some children, taste returns to normal when maintenance starts; for others, it returns after treatment ends; and for a few children, it is years before some foods taste pleasant again.

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