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Eating less

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Darshita Chheda

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Jan 23, 2013

My 8 month old son has suddenly stopped eating frequently since last 2 days. I used to give him something every 2hrs. However, he is refusing to eat that now. He has a thumb sucking habit. But he puts that only when he is sleepy or hungry. Also, eating less is not making him cranky etc. he is the same active like before. Yes, but he is not gaining weight too. Tried giving him different things.. But not helping.   Anyone can give me an idea what would be this due to... ? Or any remedies... ?

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Aashna

| Jan 28, 2013

Great to know that you have found the cause for his poor appetite. Your son maybe moving to a new eating schedule or a tooth may be on its way! It gives us so much peace of mind when the little ones eat well & hope it continues for your baby :)

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Darshita Chheda

| Jan 25, 2013

Hey Aashna, u were right... Thr was no such problem... It's just that he was not hungry. Today he took the meals well. :)

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Aashna

| Jan 23, 2013

Hi Darshita. Thanks for the update. Do not try to force him into eating solids if he doesnt feel like it,as long as he is drinking his milk and water. Yes, discussing with the doctor is the best solution if he continues this way. Take care.

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Darshita Chheda

| Jan 23, 2013

Hi Aashna, reduced the intake as in... He refuses to eat anything... For eg. Today he had one cup of oats in the morning at 10am. Usually thn at 12 I give him my homemade cereal which he refused to have. Thn at around 1:30 I again tried giving him the same.. He refused, after which he slept for an hour. Thn I nursed him which he took a little. Thn straight in the evening at around 5pm I had to forcefully make him have khichdi which he took a little n thn at around 8 I gave him formula which he had happily. So, I really don't know wether it's the food... Or teething.. Will surely consult his pediac if this continues for a few more days.

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Aashna

| Jan 23, 2013

Also, if he is active and doesnt get tired, then there is nothing much to worry about. You could speak to his doctor about his weight issue, if you are concerned. Please take a look at the following link. It is a link to a similar talk posted by a parent earlier. Hope it helps https://www.parentune.com/parent-talk/food-for-my-10-month-baby/192

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Aashna

| Jan 23, 2013

Hi Darshita. May I ask how much has he reduced his food intake by? Is he not finishing his meals or not wanting to have his snacks? One reason for his sudden loss in appetite could be teething. You may check his gums to see if there is a tooth coming through. Also, I was told by the ped that as babies grow, they can eat more food at a time and can stay full for longer, so maybe your baby does not feel hungry every 2 hours. To help him discover new tastes, you may try giving the same food that you eat, but with very little spices and seasoning. I had started doing that with my son when he was 8-9 months of age. Now he is 11 months old and eats the same food we eat, only milder in flavours :)

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