My baby girl isnt eating.. what do i do?

Shylene - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My little girl is just about 7 months, will be on the 9th, and she is underweight of what she should be. She is about 13-14lbs and she is supposed to be eating 30 oz/day, but is maybe taking half of that in. When i try to feed her, she might only drink half of her bottle or less. Its really stressful because the health nurse is trying to get me to feed her more, less often, but its completely backfired. all she does is cry, cry, cry. any suggestions?

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Jhea - posted on 11/16/2013

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Hi, Jheanelle here and my Baby will be 6 months on the 22nd. The situation is that she has been bearly eating for the past 2 week. Her intake is 2-3 oz during a 5-6 hour window. I have taken her off the cereal to see if she will just accept the milk and its a fight. I have tried signing to her to calm her down, I have tried talking to her to distract her, I have tried walking and feeding, I have even tried to hold her close to me to see if she would quiet down but that makes situations worst. I do jot want to take her to the ER because they will want to put a cath in and that is not fun for an adult much less a Baby. I would just bawl my eyes out. I am frustrated, stressed and tired. I am fresh out of ideas. All she wants is to drink water. If I give her milk she spits it out but if I give her water and take it away she cries and reaches for the bottle. All she wants to drink is water which has no nutritional value so I am just about burned out. The doctor tell me to keep doing what I am doing but the truth of the matter is that this has been going on for over two weeks now. PLEASE HELP?

Iridescent - posted on 04/03/2010

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Yes, bring her in. With her history there is a lot that could be going on.

Shylene - posted on 04/03/2010

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also to add to that last post of mine, she has always been just above the last line on the wieght chart, shes been fine, up untill now, she is under the line and ya.. getting a little worried. she is a very slim, tall baby. her height is fine, its just her weight.

Shylene - posted on 04/03/2010

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yea, she had gastroschisis (im not sure how to spell it) but basically, when she was in my tummy, she grew with her bowls on the outside so they induced me a couple weeks early to perform surgery the first couple hours she was born. since then, i haven't really had any problems feeding her. the health nurse always told me what she should be drinking in a day, and she would never drink as much as they said she should, but lately, i dont know if its because of teething but she wont eat her bottle. she is on whole grain rice cerial in the morning, bottles throughout the day and then some veggies/fruit/meat in the evening then more bottles. but its been this past week or so that she just doesnt want to eat and all she wants is to sleep. its kind of worrying me. so ya maybe i should just take her to the pediatrition because i know that in the spring time, my allergies start up because of pollen in the air, and same with her daddy, has the same allergies as me, so maybe she could be having the same problem? and i doubt that its a tummy ache because all day every day she refuses to eat i basically have to force it down her throat, sadly, but true. if she had her way, she wouldnt eat.

Donna - posted on 04/03/2010

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Hi Shylene, I have to agree with Jamie some babies do not eat as much as we are told they should, if her height and weight are in proportion then just relax and enjoy your baby, if they are not then get some advice from your doctor.

Donna - posted on 04/03/2010

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My kids never ate as much as the docs told me they should. But they were never under weight. They fell into the bottom 25th percentile. Try adding rice cereal to the bottle. Do you have her on solids yet? Any veggies or fruits? If she cries when you feed her, perhaps, she has a stomach ache or gas. Try baby gasex. I believe it is called Micalon drops. Just add a few drops to her bottle. Also, if it is an upset stomach, try a starlight peppermint in a small amount of water in her bottle. I know we shouldn't be giving the babies water, since it is just empty calories. And you don't want the water filling her up so that she won't drink her bottle. Other than that, I'd demand that the doctor run some test to make sure that there aren't any underling problems.

Iridescent - posted on 04/03/2010

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Something is seriously wrong. It may be as simple as reflux. It could be severe allergies. She needs to see a doctor and get a work-up done with a GI and allergist, and she likely needs ST/OT services to work with this. You're better off taking care of it now than having to get her hospitalized, and considering how little she's eating that may be in your near future.

My youngest was 8 months old and eating 13 ounces per day, vomiting 5 of that. Her weight was very low. She couldn't move anymore as she had lost all energy and ability, and was sleeping 22 hours per day (any time she wasn't eating). It's a big deal. Don't let it risk your child's life.

Jamie - posted on 04/03/2010

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Has she always eaten small amounts? If so, this may be just the way she is. Check with your doctor to see how she is growing, if her height is in proportion to her weight. If she is just a petite little thing chances are she is not going to eat a whole lot. However, if she has always eaten at a "normal" rate before and has slowed down recently for a period of time, then I would suggest taking her to the pediatrician. On the same account if she has slowed down recently it may be she is just getting ready for a growth spurt. My kids did this all the time. Wouldn't eat much for a week and then BAM, they would eat like ravenouse wolves and grow like crazy.

Not knowing your child, I would first suggest checking in with her pediatrician and see what they say. Health nurses are great, but I tend to pay more attention to what the doctors say.

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