10 month old won't eat anymore! Help!

Jill - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 10 month-old used to eat stage 2 baby food GREAT, but for about the past two months he's been reluctant to eat...and now he really won't eat hardly anything at all! I'd blamed it on teething for awhile, and that could be it, but it seems other kids his age are eating finger foods already and I can't introduce anything new, since he's refusing the things he used to love! When I do try to sneak in something soft but more textured, he gags and then won't take another bite. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Jennifer - posted on 10/17/2012

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My 10 month old won't eat either she takes a few bites then starts spitting it out or playing with it and then won't eat anymore plus if only taking about 18 ounces if formula a day....any suggestions

Erica Diann - posted on 05/08/2013

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i have a 10 month old and she refuses to eat baby food. I dont know why she does it but lately she just doesnt want to eat anything? help me?!?!?! Erica

Harneet - posted on 05/09/2013

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Hi my 10 month baby not eating for last 4 days i am worried about him please help me and he has 19 pound weight

Samjhana - posted on 06/02/2012

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hi my 16 month old son is not eating anything since ,5 days after he was sick...he only nurse day and night but my breastmilk is not enough for him...please help!!

Michelle - posted on 07/04/2012

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Thank you for easing my mind. Geez they make us worry 24 -7. God Love em.

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WILLIDA - posted on 01/15/2013

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hallo i have twins they are 14months now the 1 is still drinking lactogen and the other stopped drinking milk at 12months he also like crackers chips mashmallows and dont want to eat rice vegatables and potato he drink so many fluents i need some advice he dont want any milk at all. should i be worried and he got 12teeth allready

Kim - posted on 06/27/2012

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You know I remember when my little girl was a baby (she's now 7) sitting down feeding her and eating half, if not all ,of it myself ... i'd get so frustrated, and bored because she wasn't eating that it was the only thing I could do. Then I'd sit there and think, 'She's eaten nothing, you ate it ... she's going to starve!!'

I don't know why your lovely son is not eating but it won't last - no kid in the western world has starved itself at least not to my knowledge. Just keep persisting with different foods - it's just another one of those crazy phases that your baby is going through - there are so many of them (and so many opportunities to worry) but when you reflect, you think 'huh, i got through that one no worries. All will be well.'

Obviously, if your son starts looking sick etc then that's an issue for the GP.

Kendra - posted on 06/25/2012

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@ALICIA MENDOZA

Your post really made me take a deep breath, wipe my forehead, and exhale. My daughter has been a good eater since day one - for a 10 month old she is huge! This past week she has been anti-food; three bites and she's done. I think today was the first time she really ate anything and it was sweet potato fries of all things!



Anyway, thankyou for making me feel better.

I am a first time mom and the biggest worrywart in the world.

Ecstacyindahouse - posted on 02/27/2012

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My LO who just turned 10 months is also giving me a hard time when it comes to food. All that she loved previously, she refuses now. But one thing she hasn't seem to refuse. Fruits like mangoes (her big fav! She'd shut her mouth tight when i try to feed her her meals but when its mango time, she'd open them widely!), bananas, papayas n d different types of fruit purree. It seems like she's on a fruit diet mainly! Even milk she refuses from time to time. Sigh. I just hope she'll be fine on just fruits!!

So u might wanna try fruits!

Caroline - posted on 02/05/2012

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hi

i was watching a programme about FUSSY EATERS once, toddler not eating what mum and dad put on his plate, and saying try it, its yummy,..toddler refusing.

the thing that was suggested to the parents, which i thought was great, - blind fold yourselves, get someone to give u something to eat and say,.,try it, its yummy, WOULD U EAT IT JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE SAYS ITS YUMMY ???

Also, they pureed the food, and said to the parents, eat that food, but because it was good food, pureed, it didnt look good, just aload of dull green colouring...would u eat it,



give him time, introduce things gradually, put finger foods on his plate that he does like, and some new ones, he'll soon figure it out,,i use to give my son (now 15 years) lots of different food, that he wud happily eat, but he wouldnt eat them now, fussy person,.,lol x

good luck , and dont worry !

Jen - posted on 09/13/2009

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my daughter refused to eat...and then i figured out she would only eat jar bayfood if it was straight out of the fridge...guess it felt good on her gums...

ALICIA - posted on 09/12/2009

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I have noticed that they go through phases of not wanting to eat (for weeks) for a new mom that can be crazy. They need to eat, right. Well we are wrong, the doctors and nutrionist have told me that every couple of months when kids are little. They will go through "eating strikes". They do not want to eat anything. You will notice in a couple of week (maybe a month) that he will eat agian. And he will eat a lot. Right now my three year old is on a pizza roll phase, that is all he wants to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have had to start making pizza rolls myself and putting other stuff in them besides pizza. Good luck.

HAZEL - posted on 09/12/2009

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i have the same problem too,, my baby stopped taking his milk when he reached a year old. so now he eats the same food that mommy eats.. also he gets very picky with what he eats.. most of the time he eats yogurts and crackers. i still panic once in a while but i make sure to try different things.. gets me frustrated too. all i can do is make sure he eats something (crackers, etc).. just do the same and baby will be fine. also never stop breastfeeding or giving him milk. thats what he needs the most ;)

Jasmine - posted on 09/12/2009

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Since your 10 month old won't eat I would try to find some real soft finger food and let him try to feed himself. my daughter didn't want me to feed her and she wouldn't eat if i feed her. she would do it if i let her feed herself. i also put 2 table spoons of cereal in her bottle twice a day. they make bottles for food and cereal. you can also mix food in with milk. if you don't want to buy another bottle and you have extras you can take a needle and make the hole a little bigger so it comes out. be careful not to make it to big though

Diana - posted on 09/11/2009

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don't rush, but try getting to eat talk food. soft stuff and starting giving new taste

Vanessa - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son did sort of the same thing, but he was a little older. Don't worry that your 10 month old won't eat, just keep offering different things...from cherrios to gummy vitamins...he's bound to like something! Have you check to see if his throat or glands are swollen? Or if he's been tugging at his ears? If a baby has an ear ache, or sore throat -- it may make it too difficult to swallow...but he's not quite old enough to tell mommy that it hurts. I hope it works out for you. Be patient, when he gets hungry enough, he'll eat. Just don't force it and try to make yum yum time fun! (like the "there's a party in my tummy, so yummy so yummy" song -- that did wonders for my son! ♥

Jacklyn - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son up and decided one day that he didn't eat baby food any more. News to me. so he started eating the snacks that they make and i would peel english peas or early peas whatver and at wal mart they have cubed carrots in a package to take in a lunch which is perfectly proportioned. He also eats cut up peaches and pears. It's soft and easy to chew with his gums since he only has two teeth. I would give that a try since your 10 month old won't eat. My sis said my niece did the same thing at that age.

Sylvia - posted on 09/10/2009

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I dunno what "stage 2 baby food is", so I'm kinda flying blind here -- sorry :) But I'd say that as long as he's still nursing well and gaining weight and healthy and everything, there's probably nothing much to worry about if your 10 month old won't eat. If he's interested in finger foods, he'll grab them (my daughter would never eat anything she couldn't grab and shove into her mouth herself, which I guess explains my total ignorance about baby foods!), and if he can't pick up finger foods yet, chances are he's not ready to eat them yet either. IIRC, our paediatrician told me he doesn't worry about non-eaters until at least after their first birthday, unless there are other signs that something's wrong (weight loss, lack of weight gain, other signs of ill health).

Anna - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son is exactly the same - was eating 3 meals a day until 8 months and now won't hardly eat at all. I figure it's just a stage he's going through and it is common during teething. He does like to eat off his parents' plates though. When your 10 month old won't eat have you tried offering him what you're eating? My son will eat little pieces of bread, egg yolk, soft vegetables, rice, fruit, cheese - but only when we are eating it. He also seems to be more keen to eat if we let him feed himself - just give him some food to play with and some of it goes in his mouth. Try having a picnic outdoors - then he can be free to make a bit of a mess and have fun with it.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009

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Hi,

It sounds like it could be sensory stuff causing your 10 month old to not eat. "look up a book sensory processing diorders - the answers" my son had this issue and i was so frustrated we ended up consulting a occupational Therapist who understood sensory issues. apparently a very common problem.. i would have him evaluated.. just to rule it out.. the therapist was awesome.. and taught him how to move his tounge around etc.. to prevent gagging. and helped him with textured food which he apparently had an issue with.. she taught me that i needed to wake up his mouth before feeding.. an electric toothbrush for little kids are available at target. slower rotating/soft brush.. which helped tremendously.. try that technique. I also consulted an gastro doctor and he also had reflux which was silent because he never threw up etc. like my daughter.. which def. contributed to his gagging too. hope this helps with your 10 month old who won't eat. jenn

Nikki - posted on 09/10/2009

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Breast milk is all baby needs until the first birthday. Don't panic if your 10 month old won't eat, just keep offering a variety of soft foods after nursing. You should encourage finger foods!! They are new and fun and there is nothing wrong with offering new foods if he doesn't want what he's had before, just keep an eye out for allergies by only offering one new food per week. You'll figure out what he'll eat over time, but right now its all extra, so NO WORRIES.

Jasmine - posted on 09/12/2009

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Since your 10 month old won't eat I would try to find some real soft finger food and let him try to feed himself. my daughter didn't want me to feed her and she wouldn't eat if i feed her. she would do it if i let her feed herself. i also put 2 table spoons of cereal in her bottle twice a day. they make bottles for food and cereal. you can also mix food in with milk. if you don't want to buy another bottle and you have extras you can take a needle and make the hole a little bigger so it comes out. be careful not to make it to big though

Vanessa - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son did sort of the same thing, but he was a little older. Don't worry that your 10 month old won't eat, just keep offering different things...from cherrios to gummy vitamins...he's bound to like something! Have you check to see if his throat or glands are swollen? Or if he's been tugging at his ears? If a baby has an ear ache, or sore throat -- it may make it too difficult to swallow...but he's not quite old enough to tell mommy that it hurts. I hope it works out for you. Be patient, when he gets hungry enough, he'll eat. Just don't force it and try to make yum yum time fun! (like the "there's a party in my tummy, so yummy so yummy" song -- that did wonders for my son! ♥

Jacklyn - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son up and decided one day that he didn't eat baby food any more. News to me. so he started eating the snacks that they make and i would peel english peas or early peas whatver and at wal mart they have cubed carrots in a package to take in a lunch which is perfectly proportioned. He also eats cut up peaches and pears. It's soft and easy to chew with his gums since he only has two teeth. I would give that a try since your 10 month old won't eat. My sis said my niece did the same thing at that age.

Sylvia - posted on 09/10/2009

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I dunno what "stage 2 baby food is", so I'm kinda flying blind here -- sorry :) But I'd say that as long as he's still nursing well and gaining weight and healthy and everything, there's probably nothing much to worry about if your 10 month old won't eat. If he's interested in finger foods, he'll grab them (my daughter would never eat anything she couldn't grab and shove into her mouth herself, which I guess explains my total ignorance about baby foods!), and if he can't pick up finger foods yet, chances are he's not ready to eat them yet either. IIRC, our paediatrician told me he doesn't worry about non-eaters until at least after their first birthday, unless there are other signs that something's wrong (weight loss, lack of weight gain, other signs of ill health).

Anna - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son is exactly the same - was eating 3 meals a day until 8 months and now won't hardly eat at all. I figure it's just a stage he's going through and it is common during teething. He does like to eat off his parents' plates though. When your 10 month old won't eat have you tried offering him what you're eating? My son will eat little pieces of bread, egg yolk, soft vegetables, rice, fruit, cheese - but only when we are eating it. He also seems to be more keen to eat if we let him feed himself - just give him some food to play with and some of it goes in his mouth. Try having a picnic outdoors - then he can be free to make a bit of a mess and have fun with it.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009

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Hi,

It sounds like it could be sensory stuff causing your 10 month old to not eat. "look up a book sensory processing diorders - the answers" my son had this issue and i was so frustrated we ended up consulting a occupational Therapist who understood sensory issues. apparently a very common problem.. i would have him evaluated.. just to rule it out.. the therapist was awesome.. and taught him how to move his tounge around etc.. to prevent gagging. and helped him with textured food which he apparently had an issue with.. she taught me that i needed to wake up his mouth before feeding.. an electric toothbrush for little kids are available at target. slower rotating/soft brush.. which helped tremendously.. try that technique. I also consulted an gastro doctor and he also had reflux which was silent because he never threw up etc. like my daughter.. which def. contributed to his gagging too. hope this helps with your 10 month old who won't eat. jenn

Nikki - posted on 09/10/2009

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Breast milk is all baby needs until the first birthday. Don't panic if your 10 month old won't eat, just keep offering a variety of soft foods after nursing. You should encourage finger foods!! They are new and fun and there is nothing wrong with offering new foods if he doesn't want what he's had before, just keep an eye out for allergies by only offering one new food per week. You'll figure out what he'll eat over time, but right now its all extra, so NO WORRIES.

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