My 7month old stopped eating and only has....

Chantal - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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3bottles a day...not sure what to do...she is teething and hates warm weather, but she's been extremely klingy and has temper tantrums if she doesnt get what she wants...not sure what to do :( please help fellow mummies



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Heather - posted on 06/13/2009

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Please don't freak out if your baby is not eating. I'm sure it is just a phase, but if you start feeling really anxious and worried your baby will feel that too and it will just perpetuate the situation. It is hard to deal with but it is probably just the teething. I would suggest that if the situation gets worse you should ask your pediatrition to refer you to a feeling specialist. My daughter was nine months old when she began to go through the same thing. If your childis still drinking than that is a really good thing. My daughter stopped eating and drinking. It got less and less everyday until she wasn't eating AT ALL and was beginning to get dehydrated. We had to hospitalize her for a short period but she was okay after that. Once we were out of the hospital she pretty much immediatley wanted to eat real food instead of baby food and there has not been another occurance since. It' easier to say than to do- but try not to give the behavior of not eating much attention (and don't give the temper tantrums attention either for that matter), but the fact that she is still drinking positive enforcement and I am sure everything will work out fine.

-Heather Merrill

Belinda - posted on 06/13/2009

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Mine stopped eating for a few days before her first two teeth appeared and for the week after, then went back to normal one day. I used to give her ice cubes in those little mesh bag things that they can hold onto and she used to just suck on them all day. I've also heard if you soak a washer in apple juice and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so and then give it to them to chew and suck on it can help. I try to distract my daughter if she starts to muck up a bit with toys or a book or a song. And if that fails I just ignore the bad behaviour....... depends on how stubborn your child is as to the results you get though!

Nichol - posted on 06/13/2009

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i would ask the doctor. unless someone on here is a doctor....in which case ask them. my son is 6 1/2 months, two teeth coming in, still eats like a horse! but as for the tantrums.....i dont know what theyre like but my son is beginning to cry hard around people who are unfamiliar and loud

Crystal - posted on 06/13/2009

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My son was the same way with not eating when he got teeth. The doctor told me not to worry about it and once the tooth came through he ate like crazy. Try giving her a bottle of ice water, that might help with the teeth pain and the hot weather.

Taylor - posted on 06/13/2009

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thanks chanteal mclaughlin for asking that question my son is go threw the same thing. he 9 months and has 3 teeth coming in at the same time. and kliny he won't let me do a hole lot.but at least when they are done teething they will go back to be there selfs.hopefully lol

Erica - posted on 06/13/2009

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Well people tend to eat less in warm weather. Then on top of that your baby is teething and has sore, swollen gums. So not having an appetite is normal. I think your baby should be drinking alittle more than 3 bottles a day though. I would try to substitute the bottles with something else, like pediasure, juice, or even freezy pops. Just make sure that your baby is staying hydrated. That's the important thing. Well, good luck..

Julie - posted on 06/13/2009

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i suggest giving her some pedialite here and there to help keep her hydrated seeing as its designed for kids who are sick and unable to keep things down if ur really worried. My son went through a phase of not really wanting food just liquid...while teething. it should pass and if it doesnt and u become concerned head to the doctor. just watch for signs of dehydration and such.

Kathleen - posted on 06/12/2009

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I found my daughter when teething had no appetite and well I don't know to many people that want to eat when they are hot. Just keep them well hydrated. As to the tantrums I still have figured out what to do with mine when she has them yet. I just put her in her crib and walk away for a bit, just long enough to calm myself down, I find that she's usually calmed down by then to or is ready to calm down.

Felicia - posted on 06/12/2009

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I'm sure you've heard this before but...she will eat when she is hungry. A lot of people eat less when the weather is hot and especially if her gums are sore. I would not worry about the eating. Being all hot and sweaty is very uncomfortable for adults so imagine how it must feel to someone so small :/. I use to use a cool washcloth on my son on really hot days and splash with him in a kiddy pool.



As far as the temper tantrums go....I would just wait them out and she'll learn that kicking and screaming does not get her what she wants. Many parents think that babies are not capable of learning consequences to their actions but they are! It may be hard but it is better then just giving in and raising her to believe she really will always get what she wants.



Every child is different so you'll just have to see what she prefers to soothe her gums....whether she likes orajel or cold maybe even frozen teething rings, maybe cold applesauce or cold water in her bottle.

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