whats wrong with my baby?

Danielle - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My 3mo has been showing little interest in eating and today and yesterday he's gone 7 HOURS without eating! What's wrong?



Background info:

My son is a healthy little boy. At his last doctors appt he was in the 95th percentile for his height, weight and head circumference. He normally eats 6oz (of expressed breast milk) every 3 to 3.5 hours, he eats 5 to 6 times a day and he sleep through the night (from 9pm to 7am).



These last few days he has showed little interest in eating. He'll play with the nipple with his tongue, push out the bottle with his tongue or turn his head away before finally eating. Recently he's refused the bottle and fussed without taking a drop. Some of his feeding have stretched to 4-5hrs before he finally eats and then yesterday he went 7 HOURS before finally giving in and eating.



I was so worried about him not getting enough to eat that I added 1 tablespoon of rice cereal (for the first time ever) to his dinner bottle (at 6pm) and before bed bottle (at 9pm) which he ate all 6oz of each time and showed no bad reaction to the cereal. But now today, he's refusing to eat once again. I give him milk right after I pump so I thought maybe its something I ate. So I gave him some frozen BM and its the same thing, he doesn't want to eat. I tried burping, changing environments, letting someone else try feeding him and nothing works. He does have wet diapers but they are no where near as full as normal. He is a little more fussy than normal but nothing outragous. I'm really worried.



My mom said he's teeting because he's drooling some and chewing on his hand. But isn't he too young to have teeth?



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Erin - posted on 10/15/2009

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It could be that he is teething too. I have three little boys from 6 years old to 8 and a half months old. Each time their teeth would bother them they would have less of an appetite and drooled like crazy. The usual age to start getting teeth is 4 months old, but my sister had 3 by the time she turned 4 months old. Every baby is different, but unless he continues I would simply make him happy and he will let you know when he is ready to eat.

Yolanda - posted on 10/14/2009

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check for white patches in the mouth if present wipe with wet baby wash cloth if it doesnt come off it thrush in that case there is a natural cure you can get from wholistic store works much better than nightstatin also it could be nipple confusion my second child when thru it he didnt want the breast cause it was too much work didnt want the bottle cause it wasnt his breast you may have to just wait it out as long as hes wetting diapers keep doc informed and keep pumping

Stacy - posted on 10/14/2009

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My oldest had his first tooth at 2 months, and I have read about babies being born with teeth. Maybe he is tired of milk. My kids were eating babyfood when they were 3-4 months, they didn't like formula much anymore. But I would talk to your doctor if you are not comfterable feeding him food yet. If you do decide to try baby food, make sure he still drinks juice and water so he doesn't get bound.

Kelly - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son did this and it turned out he had thrush at 2 months and it can be painful for them to put anything in their mouth. Or he might just be going through a stage where he doesnt want to eat as much then well eat alot..my son went through a few of these stages..but i would call your doctor to be sure..thrush is a bunch of white little spots but i couldnt really see it the doc had to get in there

Stephanie - posted on 10/13/2009

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No he isnt too young for teeth. Teeth can come at any age, it depends on the baby. Some babies are even born with teeth! (can you imagine? Ouch!) As for your baby not eating, I would try a different type of nipple. He might not like the feel of the nipple you are using on his bottle. Some babies can be very picky about this! If that doesnt help, maybe try introducing formula. It could be that your body is making your breastmilk taste funny for whatever reason. The foods you eat, soaps or lotions you use, medications you take, or even if you smoke or drink alcohol can all effect your breastmilk. Also, make sure that you are eating regularly and healthy so that your milk has all the proper nutirents and proteins that babies need. I had a friend who had a similar problem and come to find out her breastmilk had no protein... it was like she was feeding her baby water! If nothin seems to work, CALL YOUR DR. Good luck!

Abbie - posted on 10/13/2009

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I would say take him in, to have everythign checked, they can run blood work to see if he is becoming dehydrated ( my son did that when he had a sore throat) Could be also something so simple as he just isn't that hungry, but I would call the doctor!!

Danielle - posted on 10/13/2009

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we had a doctors appt today to see what was going on with jack. his doctor suspects its nothing more than teething and because he is so big for his age she's not worried that he's skipping meals. she also mentioned that becuase he is developing so quickly that its possible his growing has plateaued and he no longer needs to eat as much. she told me to monitor his eating habits and if they continue or worsen to let her know. thanks again for everyones help! :]

Hanna - posted on 10/12/2009

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your mom could be right. teeth come in stages & you'll get this 4-5 times before they'll actually come out. my son's eating schedule was all screwed up for the longest as he was growing like crazy so normally ate 6-7 times a day, but then would have days when he'd eat 2-3 times. as long as he's not running a fever & is otherwise active, i wouldn't concern too much. however if it goes on for longer than 2-3 days, i would call your doctor. also, just to let u know, while he's teething, he could also get constipated or do #2 less regularly so just be prepared. good luck!

Amanda - posted on 10/12/2009

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yea kayden is has only had 2 bottles (6 oz each) and its 430 =/ but shes not screaming like she wants it. is jack sleeping more than usual? im curious to see what her doc has to say tom.

Rachel - posted on 10/12/2009

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my daughter started teethin at about 3 months but they didnt actually come though for a good month after so it could just be that. how is his bowel movements? normal? my daughter is 18months now and she gets really fussy about food when she gets a bit blocked up, maybe if that is the case if you eat a bit more fruit it might help him va the milk. i would see your dr just to make sure, even if he thinks its nothing at least it puts your mind at ease!

Danielle - posted on 10/12/2009

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he finally ate his normal 6oz bottle. He went from 730a to 230p before eating again both today and yesterday. His doctor says she wants to see him but doesn't see it as an emergency so were not going in until tomorrow. Thanks for everyones help! :]

Amanda - posted on 10/12/2009

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kayden is doing the exact same thing and im pretty sure she is teething. she has a dr apt tom and im gonna ask. ill let you know what they say.

Deborah - posted on 10/12/2009

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Wes cut 2 teeth at 3 months! he first cut his eye teeth and he looked like a vampire. He may be getting congested. if his nose is stopped up then he can't breathe while sucking and will refuse to suck.

Melissa - posted on 10/12/2009

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My son is the exact same age right now and doing the exact same thing. My mom's a dentist and said he is teething and it's normal. Sometimes all he wants to do is "gum" the nipple. As long as he eats something he'll be OK. If you're worried though, I would take him to your Dr.

Lisa - posted on 10/12/2009

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could be teething, he may want more to eat than just milk. have you check his milestones against what he's eatting? you can check at gerber.com, they have a chart and stages for food. they do it against what he can do and his growth. it helped me with my 3 girls. then if nothing gets any better, i'd call your doctor, they went to school for a reason, to help you with your questions about your baby. good luck, i know it can be trying.

Kathleen - posted on 10/12/2009

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The best thing to do is to go see your doctor. No amount of anonymous reassurance will do to settle your mind. We've all been there at some point. Call and get an appointment. Good luck!

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he may have something wrong inside his mouth, like an infection or fungus if he is not latching on. he should be seen by his doctor.

Lindsay - posted on 10/12/2009

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As long as he continues to have wet and dirty diapers I wouldn't be too concerned. My pediatrician said that when a baby is hungry they will eat, if they aren't hungry they won't. My daughter would go through spells where she wouldn't drink her bottles maybe only a few ounces over the course of the day, but after a few days she would go back to her normal eating. But call your Dr if you are worried.

ANGIE - posted on 10/12/2009

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my daughter did that when she couldnt poop. if he isnt going #2 his usual schedule then add some prune juice to his bottle. just a half oz. to the bottle. my son did that but after a couple of weeks started eating better. only not as close together. maybe he has decided to change his eating times. it could happen that fast. but definatly call the dr if it will give you peace of mind. they truely wont mind.

Holly - posted on 10/12/2009

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Both of mine did this. Unless there are other symptoms, I would say he will eat when he's hungry. BUT... if he is drooling a lot to chewing... teeth could be coming. And some babies can be born with a few, so I doubt it's unusual. He could be uncomfortable. Have you tried Hyland's teething tablets? They're all natural and may help him calm himself enough to eat. They worked with both my kids.

Mellody - posted on 10/12/2009

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I dont think theres anyything wrong with your son. I think the other mums are right. it may be teething, my daughter is 9 months and doesnt have any teeth yet, but i thought she started at about 3 months she drooled like crazy and liked to chew on everything lol. it could be possible. Also he may be going through a growth spurt. my daughter would do the same as your describing, only i dont think she ever went as long without eating. My mum said its common for babies to be fussy about food.& not want to eat when they are going through large growth spurts. Id say as long as hes eating atleast a few times a day, and maitains a healthy weight then i doubt there is anything to worry about. as long as it deosnt go on for too long. and like the other mums said, if you are really worried call his doctor, and a nurses line. Hope hes back to his regular self soon. Take care.

Erica - posted on 10/12/2009

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None of what you said sounds very alarming to me. If he still hasnt eaten like you think he should after tomorrow, call your babies doctor and just speak to them about what it could be. Sounds like a teething thing to me too, but just to be sure...what does your gut to you? If he is not dehydrated, then I wouldnt be too concerned. All four of my kids did the same thing randomly. Diferent times for different reasons. None of them have ever had anything wrong with them at any time. Good luck and just listen to your gut. You usually know whats best after you calm down and relax. ;)

Kim - posted on 10/12/2009

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Babies go through a growth spurt at 2, 4 and 6 months. Your son is right in the middle of this time. It is possible that he just isn't as hungry. As long as there is no fever and his urine and bowel movements are normal I would keep doing what you have been. Maybe set his schedule for 4hour feeding and see if it helps. Teething can also affect appetite. My oldest cut her first tooth at 5 months. I'm sure in a couple weeks he will be going through another growth spurt and his eating habits will change once again!

Tami - posted on 10/12/2009

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it's not to early for teething. He could teath for months. Mine started acting like that also along that time & is still teathing today with no teath & i can't feel them under the surface either but she is teething. Babies teething does affect their appatite. I would try some baby oragel a few minutes before trying to feed & see if that helps, also a little baby tylonal or motrin & if it's teething, that should take care of it, if he still doesn't want to eat, I'd check with my doctor. Some babies also change their appetites around that time & some get tired of breast milk & some formulas they are on & need to try different formulas. But try the tylonal & oragel about 5 or 10 minutes before feeding, if that doesn't fix it, it probably is not teething causing him to want it. I would mention it to you babies doctor reguardless of what happens if he eats or continues uninterrested.

Chanda - posted on 10/12/2009

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Be very careful giving cereal to a 3mo. you don't want your child to become constipated on top of him not want to feed from your breast. Call your Dr.

Cori - posted on 10/12/2009

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your mom might be right.. everytime my son gets a tooth coming through he looses interest in food... he still eats but he will sometimes skip lunch or only want to nurse for a short time...its always best to call your dr thats what i did when i felt worried about his lack of interest in food.. keep us posted on whats going on with your little man! we'll be thinking about him!

Becky - posted on 10/12/2009

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I think all babies do this or similar when they are teething, and babies start that process as soon as they are born, some are even born with teeth! My daughter didn't loose her appetite whilst teething, but my son does. My son also is still teething at 20 months and does one at a time where as my daughter did 4 at a time every time!
I am not a medical professional though and i guess the truth is there could be another reason, there is no harm in asking your gp or health visitor (sorry not sure where abouts you are)

Alesha - posted on 10/12/2009

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I'm sorry to hear that your having a rough go right now. But I'm not sure that it's teething. Not to offend you or anything, but it maybe that your breast milk may not settle to well with him. So, try buying some Similiac with Iron and following the directions on the back, but instead of using tap water, buy some bottled spring water and try that instead. I would also call your doctor, and sometimes it is not all ways good for them to start on food before six months, so I would make sure it is ok with the doctor. You may want to also ask if he is lactose intolerant.

Miriam - posted on 10/12/2009

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He is not to young to have teeth bodering him, my boy also got them around that time. Are his gums swolen? You can put your finger on his mouth to check, if he starts complaining, it means the answer is yes.

ps: call the doctor, he is your best help!

Kelly - posted on 10/12/2009

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my daughter did the same kind of thing. as long as he is eating some, he should be ok. He might lose a little bit of weight, but the teething shouldn't have anything to do with it. If it continues to go on for another day or two, or if you are really worried, call the doctor.

Jodie - posted on 10/12/2009

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For one he's isn't too young to have teeth. My son had two teeth at 3 mths. Now, he ate when you gave him some rice in his milk. Try that. He may be like my son was. He was hungry and the BM wasn't enough. I added rice cereal everytime. He would eat that more than he would just milk without cereal. Try that and if he keeps not eating then he could be getting teeth and it'll be over with soon.

Robin - posted on 10/12/2009

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I would take him to the walk in, see what they say or call the 24 hr nurse line, more than likely he may just have an upset tummy, and teething can start this young, it doesnt mean he will have teeth in a week, it can take up to 3 mo for them to pop through the gums after the teething has started, I didnt know this till after talking to other moms.



My first recommendation is to get medical advice.

Stephanie - posted on 10/12/2009

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His teeth could be shifting around causing pain. You can try some orajel. have you looked in his mouth to see if you see anything? maybe thrush, that can cause him not to want to eat. If he keeps doing it, call your doctor! Even if it's piece of mind. No shame is calling the doctor. I hope he starts eating for you. He could also just be slowing down on his eating.. good luck.

Karen - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hey Danielle. My son did this too and it ended up being normal. But I would contact your Dr. just to make sure.

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