Getting your baby to eat is one of the most challenging tasks of motherhood. You just don’t understand how to get something down that little throat. There can be an array of feeding problems like mere spit ups, messy eating or refusing to eat. But then there is always a way out for these problems. We know that fighting these feeding hurdles can be frustrating but then if your baby is growing normally, there is usually nothing to worry about. Here are some common reasons why your baby might not be eating and ways to deal with it.
Your baby may refuse food for different reasons: he is not hungry, he is distracted, sick or overtired. Just relax. If your baby is hungry, he will eat. So if your baby is batting the spoon, turning his face away, or clinching his mouth, he is just indicating that he is full. Be guided by your baby. He knows how much food he requires, and never forcefully feed your baby. This can lead to feeding time turning into fighting time. Having said that, if your baby’s refusal to eat is worrying you, it is better to consult your pediatrician.
This is a common complaint of a lot of parents. There are many reasons your baby may be fussy about food. He may be teething, overtired, not ready for solids, or you are just over feeding him. Familiar foods provide comfort to your baby during this time. Although picky eating may go on for a while, your baby will overcome it.
If your baby only wants to be breastfed after he has crossed 6 months, it can be a problem. Although breast milk has all the nutrients that a baby needs, but after he has crossed 6 months, breast milk alone will not provide all the nourishment that your baby requires. A lot of nutrition at this stage comes from a variety of solid foods that are introduced to your baby. A baby’s tummy is very small, so he needs to be fed small amount of different foods. If his tummy is filled with only milk, it will leave no space for getting nourishments from other foods. Also look for symptoms of teething or any throat infection which could cause your baby to refuse to eat and only want breast milk.
Your baby may appear to “go off” solid food. This may be because he doesn’t like the texture and taste of the food being offered to him. There is also a possibility that your baby finds the food too hot or too cold. If your baby is not sick and is breastfeeding properly, it could be that he is not very hungry. Babies’ appetites differ each day and each meal. So if your baby has had a disturbed night with more frequent feeds at night, there is a possibility that he will have a low appetite for solid foods during the day.
Although there may be absolutely nothing wrong with your little one and this could just be one of his or her mood swings, the most common reasons why babies refuse to eat include:
To encourage your baby to eat, try these tricks:
Call your baby’s pediatrician if your baby:
We hope that the above simple remedies are sure to help your baby get better. So go ahead and try out these remedies.
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