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10 months old refusing to eat or drink

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10 months old refusing to eat or drink

Postby wingtleung » Fri 19 Apr, 2013 2:12 pm

My 10 months old has all of a sudden refused to eat solids or drink milk whilst in child care.

At home he has refused solids, but I am still able to give him some formula. However, I have to say he is not eating/drinking like he used to. Whilst refusing solids, he is only drinking half or quarter of the volume compare to what he normally does.

I have no idea what is wrong. In the past month, he has been unwell and we have been to the doctors and out last visit, the doctor advise there is nothing wrong with him. So the sudden reject of both food and milk is a surprise!

I am at a loss as he is getting really unsettled in child care as the day progress with not eating and hence not sleeping due to hunger.

I have thought he is teething, but when he has already has his first two bottom teeth, he was not like this.

I am at a total loss and I need help as to why there is a sudden change? How do I get him eating again? How long will this period last?
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Re: 10 months old refusing to eat or drink

Postby NgalaOnline » Mon 22 Apr, 2013 7:33 pm

Hi there. Thanks for your post. It can be hard when a little one does not seem interested in his food and milk. However is quite common for babies to go off their food when they are sick, or have been unwell. This is usually no cause for concern and most parents find that their child will return to a good appetite when they are well again, often eating with gusto to "make up for lost time". We would certainly recommend that you see a health professional if your baby is not eating or drinking but you mention that you have seen your Doctor.
Generally it is best to just keep offering foods but not be concerned if the child does not eat very much. The focus when children are unwell is to keep up with their fluid requirements as much as you are able, although there can be times when little ones are disinterested in stopping for food and drink.
It is very normal for his taste preferences to change and so long as you can continue to offer a health variety of combinations (even though they may not be to your taste!) you are on the right path.
If you continue to have concerns about his total daily intake try to offer morning tea and afternoon tea as well as 3 meals. Perhaps some cold vegetable strips, chilled fruit pieces at these times would be a healthy snack choice, particularly if you feel that gum tenderness has a role to play.
Sometimes babies of this age are too busy to stop and eat, and hence do not seem interested in eating and drinking. It could be helpful to limit your son's time in the highchair as he could become frustrated about spending time ‘confined’. In addition offering as many finger foods as possible and offering milk in sipper cups can help if growing independence is an issue.
If you remain concerned do seek further medical advice or feel free to ring the Ngala Helpline if you live in Western Australia.
Hope things go well for your from here.
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