hi my baby is 9 months old. he has not been having food for the last one week. i have tried everything but he doesn't want to open even his mouth. he is taking only breatmilk which is not sufficient for him. pls suggest what to do. i went to doctor also but he suggested to keep trying.

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Answer:
You can try changing the consistency of the food, i.e, if the baby is taking liquid, then try giving thicker and if already thick foods then start with little solids like slice of cucumber/carrot/apple. You may maximum offer a child in this age 3 solid feeds and 3-4 milk feeds. Keep enough gap between his feeds, be it solid or milk to ensure that he is hungry. Again total milk amount can be between 500-650 ml maximum in a day, so that the child doesn't fill his stomach with milk only. Introduce one new food at a time, let the child accept it and gets used to it for few days. Introduce another new food only after a week. Do not introduce new foods back to back, it may confuse the child and would lower his acceptance. Try and keep the consistency thin to semi solid, depending on child's preference and swallowing/chewing capacity. You can give porridge of suji, sago, dalia, rice flakes, ragi etc. Kheer of apple, rice etc. halwa of suji, atta, pumpkin, gajar, sweet potato etc. Khichri, upma, soft scrambled egg yolk, soups, mashed veggies with potato, mashed banana, stewed fruit and juice etc. All the best and do keep us posted.

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