Help! My 4 month old won't eat!

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I am about to lose my mind, for the past week I have been trying so hard to get my 4 month old to eat. This all started after I had daddy take of her for 4 days in a row and now she is all outta wack. I know he wasn't feeding her enough, and now she will barely take a bottle at all, even when I know she is hungry.



Before this she was a champ feeder & she would eat 4oz every 3 to 4 hours with no problem, and she was taking about 30oz per 24hrs. She is 18lbs & 27 inches, she is not teething and her gums are still really soft & gummy. Yesterday I only got 12oz in her and I'm starting to worry, she does not have a fever or cough & I do not think she is ill.



She will chew on her hands, suck her fingers, suck my fingers, lip smack, and suck or chew her toys, but refuses a bottle even after 8 hours of no food (believe me I'm trying like crazy). I have rocked, bounced, and worn her in a sling, nothing is working. I can get her to take about 2oz when she is in that relaxed twlight zone before she drifts off to sleep, and that is the only time. I am feeling horriable because she will just wail until she is tired, and then finally give in to a few sips. I have even tried different bottles & she doesn't use a pacifier.



Ladies I feel like I am doing something wrong. Is this just a phase? Anyone else had a 4 month old who won't eat? When I try to give her the bottle she will turn her head and tongue thrust out the nipple & go right back to lip smacking and chewing her hand. Never had this problem with my 1st baby.

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User - posted on 08/02/2011

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I am going through the same thing right now with my 4 month old. What did you do???

Ekaterina - posted on 11/08/2013

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Hi, guys! I'm new to this website but my 10 month old baby is going through the same thing! And it's been over a week now! She seems to be completely disinterested in eating! It started off with her sucking the bottle a bit , the crying and spitting it out! That lasted a couple of days, now she does not cry anymore, but she pushes the nipple out with her tongue, turns her head away, arches her back etc... The only decent feeding i get into her is before bedtime and at night. I also try to feed her in her sleep just to get something into her..sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt! She is peeing and pooing ok, but it's been nearly two weeks now and I'm starting to think its not just a "phase" and am very worried!!! I'm seeing the doctor next week, but has anyone found out why their kids were going through this? Just to eliminate the obvious-we do not have fever/sore throat/thrush/ear infection. And she seems to be peeing and pooping regularly. Please help!!!

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No she is not having six wet diapers. Today I am counting and writing everything down to make sure I don't forget anything. Her mouth is still moist and her soft spot is not sunken in, and she is still drooling so I know she is not dehydrated yet, key word being YET.



She had her 4 month well baby visit this Monday & I told her Dr. about the problem, and the Dr was not alarmed, she told me to start her on solid food, but I can't because she still hasn't lost the tongue thrust action. I did actually try a little bit of rice cereal just a moment ago & she didn't even swallow it.



I have tried 3 brands of bottles, and she won't take a bottle from me or my husband. thankfully she is not lethargic and she is cooing in her bouncer, but she has not eaten now in 5 hours. I am going bonkers! She will cry & I know she is hungry & then refuse the bottle, I checked them and they are fine, I don't know why my 4 month old won't eat!

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In the long run she ended up being lactose intolerant. She wouldn't take the formula because it made her feel ill & alot of the times vomit.

I switched her 1st to Similac for gas & fussy tummys which has the lactose broken down in it, and then when the recall happened I switched to the babies r us lactose free brand which is 1/2 the cost & foams less. I use it with my 3rd child now too.

It boiled down to the formula had made her feel bad for so long with the vomiting / gas on & off she wouldn't take the bottle. Once I got her tummy issues solved she started to eat like a champ. I found out about her lactose issues on accident, none of the dr's even thought about it they jsut wrote me off as being anxious.

I'd say with in 3 days of the formula switch to the lactose free stuff I had a happy baby back. She even had problems with eczema and rashes that cleared up. She also never had another episode of screaming, colic, gas, and vomiting. I don't know if it's your babys problem, but it is worth a try.

Cassie - posted on 10/06/2013

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The same thing is happening to my 41/2 month old pretty much exactly the same. maybe one full bottle in the morning and then just few ounces after hours and hours. I'm wondering if he's ready for solids-but he can't sit up on his own yet....i'm scared. This is my first baby I don't know what to do!!! The doctors are already wanting him to gain a little more weight because he hasn't had a growth spurt yet, so this can't be good.

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Brooke - posted on 10/25/2013

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Hi all,

My 4.5 month old is now refusing feedings as well he will only eat about 10 ounces now a day vs the usual 35 in a 24hr period. It is very worry some although today we went to the doctor who had no explanation but did recommend using the pediasure electrolyte juice to ensure he does not become dehydrated. I've found that I have to wait to try feeding him until after he had played for a while then when he starts to get the fussy I'm tired now attitude we sit down with a baby Einstein movie and I will coax him into feeding. It's a very tedious and stressful process but after fighting for a while will give in and eat 3-4 ounces. He is showing all signs of teething as well so I'm thinking that this has to be the cause. It's reassuring that I'm not the only one with a problem like this! I hope we all stay sane

Nargis - posted on 11/18/2012

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I am going through the same thing right now with my 4 month old and I am so tired of her bottle refusal. I stick with her for hours just trying to feed her merely few oz.s. I get her eating just when she is sleeping and that's all. I don't know, maybe it's a kind of trait she has. I find your post very helpful. Thanx!!!!!

User - posted on 11/14/2012

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This is almost exactly, word for word, what my 11 wk old is going through now. This was so helpful just to hear someone else going through the same thing, and finding a resolution. My son's pediatrician put him on the antacid Axid, similar to Zantac but without the alcohol she said, and switched to enfamil gentlease. This was just yesterday so I'm hoping it all kicks in and works very soon. Thank you for posting this so you can help new mommies like me.

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You could try having some one else feed her, but if that doesn't work you should definitely take her to the doctor. I have not heard of this happening before except when the nipple was defective on the bottle. Is she having six wet diapers a day because if not she could be dehydrated. I hope you find the solution for your 4 month old who won't eat soon.

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You could try having some one else feed her, but if that doesn't work you should definitely take her to the doctor. I have not heard of this happening before except when the nipple was defective on the bottle. Is she having six wet diapers a day because if not she could be dehydrated. I hope you find the solution for your 4 month old who won't eat soon.

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