my 10mnth old wont eat, only wants bottle, help?

Joanne - posted on 05/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son is 10 months old and the last 6 weeks he has gone really bad with his eating, he hasnt eaten a thing for weeks, when i try him with food he turns his head and crys n crys till he gets a bottle, he was easier to feed at 5/6/7 months old, now meal times dont happen

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Stacey - posted on 05/02/2009

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you'll have to test new things for him. Make sure you test things for three days that way you know if hes allergic to something...another thing you can do is place some baby food example peaches in a bottle with what ever your giving him ie: Milk or formula if he likes it after a couple days switch to the spoon and make a thicker consistantcy...of it.

Mel - posted on 05/02/2009

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id honestly just keep persisting dont force him he looks healthy enough. mine is 13 months and wont eat and has no baby fat on her so i wouldnt worry just yet and wait and see if he picks up before hes one. over him finger food put it in front of him let him pick it up. mine likes finger food she chews and spits it where as with spoon feeding she will not have a bar of it

Cathy - posted on 05/02/2009

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hi my son is the same but he is 22 months he has been like this for a while, people tell me not to give him so many bottlesand he will start eating but i have tried that and doesnt work. he does eat little bits but only like couple of bites of something, healthy kids dont starve he will eventually eat (hopefully my son will aswell) just keep what ur doing and give him the bottles as long as he is having milk. good luck

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A few things I've learned from personal and professional experience is that food generally shouldn't be given through a bottle and presentation can be everything. For one, habits form with repetition, so if you have certain times of the day that he eats you can predict when he'll be hungriest. The bottom line is that when he's hungry, he'll eat (granted it may be a challenge as to what). Try sneaking in a spoonful of whole-fat yogurt before the bottle or in between. After a while, he may associate the yogurt with the bottle at a certain time of day. I also noticed that temperature suddenly made a difference with my daughter around this age. She didn't always eat her food when warmed, then suddenly would only eat it warmed. Babies suck down bottles better when they resemble Mother's Milk, so the association isn't hard to grasp. You can also try the food net used best with fruits like watermelon. My daughter loved it because it was also fun to chew on and I loved it (this was before the real solid food days) because she couldn't choke on anything. Good luck!

Christie - posted on 05/01/2009

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No problem. I wish you success. I am sure you'll have a little garberator in no time :)

Joanne - posted on 05/01/2009

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i also think that he may be a little scared to eat coz he has choacked a few times on baby biscuits and now whenever i put his food in his mouth he stores it in there and bourks and usually ends up bein sick. i cant even give him a full milkey button because he swallows it whole and choakes. but thanks for your advice i will just start over again like i did when he first started feeding.

Christie - posted on 05/01/2009

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My son wouldn't eat for a few weeks after his first time throwing up. It can be traumatic for them because they don't know why its happening. It sounds like he's connected the two events (eating and throwing up together). Maybe just try mixing some baby cereal in with his bottles for now and start slow again like you did when he first started eating. You could also try just setting a bowl or dry cheerios down near where he plays and he might just help himself after a little while.

Joanne - posted on 05/01/2009

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i was feeding him with heinz jars of baby food, he was taking them fine for months then i started givin him our food but blended, he took that then he got a cold and was vomiting and ever since then he wont eat. i have tried him with everythin, from our food to ice cream to porridge, he will only take bottle. his weight gain has slowed down which i think is due to him not eating. i dont no what to do about it, he needs to eat but he refuses every time.

Christie - posted on 05/01/2009

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Are you still feeding him baby food? My kids refused to eat baby food after 7 months old and would only eat real food. Try giving him some food off your plate and see what he does. If he still wont take it, it could be that he is teething and it hurts to chew and swallow his food. As long as he is still gaining weight, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Try him again in a week and see if he'll take it then.

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