gone off food?

Ebony - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 6 and half month old started having solids at about 5 and a half months. he loved them! couldn't get enough! over the last 4 days he has been refusing even his favorite solids, clenching his jaw tight. I think he might be getting more teeth so that might be a part of it. has anyone else had this experience. how did you get them to eat solids again?

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Ebony - posted on 06/22/2009

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Thanks for your replies.
His bowel movements are normal and ao are the amounts of wet nappies. other then refusing to eat solids he is healthy. I've tried about 10 different things, including some of his favorites and he still doesn't want them. I think it really is just his teeth, although i have been giving him things to relieve his pain about 15 mins before trying to give him food. He has added an extra breast feed so he is not hungry (tried not giving him this and he cried but still wouldn't take the solids.
Think i will just monitor it and talk to the doc on friday about it at our app.
Thanks for your help. glad to know I'm not the only one with this problem!

Tammy - posted on 06/21/2009

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I make "ghosts" using a face cloth, an ice cube, and an elastic, they will knaw on it till the ice cube is melted. How are his bowel movements Ebony? if he's constipated he may not wanna eat as much, but as long as he's having good pee's and poo's don't worry too much, as Brittany say's, when he's hungry he'll eat, no child will go hungry without crying about it. Perhaps it's what your feeding him? do you make your own food or buy? experiment with a large variety of foods, perhaps he just doesn't like the yams (or whatever your offering) even at this young of age babes can have food preferences, my 9 month old will eat an alarming amount of carrots, peas, or corn. but I have a hard time getting him to take other green veggies

Nicole - posted on 06/21/2009

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Hello...I am a mother of 3 under the age of 5...I have experienced this with every one of them and it was very normal for them especially when teething...i have learned from the pediatricians that as long as they have wet diapers they will be fine so I would always try to relieve the pain wait a little bit and try something when they seem to be out of pain...rubbing benedryl on the gums works wonders, also teething tablets that disolve under the tongue is a good one to or something cold they could bite on helps. When they are in pain from teething it hurts to nurse or chew so relieving their pain by using simple remedies first and in worse case tylenol or motrin...once teething is done with they will want to use their new teeth on anything they can put in their mouth! LOL! Hope this helps! Let me know if you need anything! :o)

Melissa - posted on 06/21/2009

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I am experiencing the same problem with my 8 month old. He finally erupted his first tooth and all he wants to do is nurse, nurse, nurse for comfort. He isn't excited about his foods anymore either and he was doing so well with solids. You can try offering colder foods or making a type of baby ice-cream with his cereals and fruits. Sometimes you'll just have to be patient...he will come around again and start eating more. My little guy now eats breakfast again but not very much at dinner...we are working on it!

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