my 8 month old daughter refuse to eat any solids

Storme - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my daughter is the youngest of 6 children and i am having a problem that i had with none of the other in that she refuses to eat anything it is getting very frustrating and i dont know wat to do about it every time i try feed her she gags on her food or just screams at me and shakes her head any suggestions?????everyone keeeps saying she will be fine but she should be eating something by this stage.

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Mindee - posted on 03/26/2010

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My little one wasn't interested in solids either; she just wanted to nurse. The one thing she thought was 'neat' was crackers. They can usually hold those in their hands and even have the whole cracker without choking being a problem. She wasn't really interested in solids until 10 or 11 months, and even then it was very specific. I've read that some little ones are very sensitive to textures... that could be one reason she gags. As for the shying away from spoons and such, get her some baby spoons/bowls in fun colors and let her play with them on her tray. She may not be so afraid of them once she feels comfortable with them as objects.
i wish you luck. =)

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Yeah, sounds like you've tried everything. Consult a doctor. I know it's disconcerting, but if she checks out fine, and is healthy, she may just not be ready to start solids yet.

Rosemary - posted on 03/26/2010

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Maybe you need to find a developmental pediatrician or consult a ear nose and throat doc. maybe there could be an underlying cause.

Storme - posted on 03/26/2010

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Thanx guys. she will sometimes have baby food or cereal mixed in her bottle, i have tried the finger food she just mushes it in her chair or throws it on the ground, i have tried giving her solids before her milk with no success, she will watch when i am eating but when i try give her some she turns her head away,she wont let a spoon or even my hand any where near her mouth she is not under weight and is happy and she does drink a lot of bottles.

Christina - posted on 03/20/2010

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The way I got mine to eat solids was at around 3 months when they were always hungry I started adding half a container of baby food and a little bit of cereal to their milk.Shook it up and gave it to them in a bottle with a bigger nipple.The nipple does need to be bigger so it will come out.Try it I'm sure she will love the taste.Babies normally like the fruits and carrots alot.As she is doing better with the taste then start with the spoon when she is not overly hungry.

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2010

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My first son was in a similar position. he would eat baby food but nothing else up to a year and a half. i did consult my dr and he said as long as hes eating regular food by age 2 there is no worry, if he didnt by age 2 he would have to be reffered to a specialist. So i would say consult your dr see what they says, i know it can be very frustrating

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Yes i had the same problem with my now 14 mth old.She had a check -up when she was 8 months and was underweight at 16lbs so not dangerously under.. and i was telling my daughters health nurse she was teething and had her first tooth by 3 months she just wont eat.The health nurse wasnt to concerned as my little one looked very healthy and not starving looking lol.I just had to give her extra bottles to keep her full but from 12 months she has started to eat solids.



she also had the problem with gaging but now shes much better and eating shes not a big eater but its something.

I tried it all with small pieces of finger food so that she can feed herself and she had a few choking moments& then i tried just to make it smooth solids runny so it would be easy for her and that didnt work..it was driving me mad.If she wont eat but drinks her milk give her extra my daughter looked for it as she was hungry so i gave it to her.Just give it time and talk to your doctor or health nurse.

Cari - posted on 03/20/2010

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i have the same problem and everyone keeps saying its fine and that he will eat but he is 9 months. the only thing that i can get him to eat is the baby yogurt and porridge

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I would try giving her solids before her milk (if she is screaming cause she is so hungry give her half a bottle) and make the puree really really runny,almost to the point of water and let her suck it off a spoon. Also you could either try putting some puree on your finger and putting it in her mouth untill she gets used to the taste or just cut up some soft fruit and put it in front of her and she may pick it up and eat it. If all else false go to the doctor, they will be able to find out why she isnt eating.

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If you could post what kind of things you have tried I might have better advice. Does she not eat anything but milk? Have you tried very thin (runny) baby cereal mixed with her milk? Will she eat if she can feed herself? Do you try to give her solids before her milk? Does she sit with you while you eat? My kids would eat anything as long as it was on my plate. That's all I can think of for now.

Priscilla - posted on 03/20/2010

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You have probably tried most of these ideas but here goes. Try putting one tiny finger food item in front of her. One cheerio. One piece of fruit. You can also let her finger paint on a plate with food - applesauce, all the baby foods, etc. You know how it is, everything ends up in the mouth. Peanut butter is usually not advised but ask the doc if the other types are okay - almond butter, etc.It's messy but, it works with a lot of reluctant eaters. Make a picture on her plate out of food. Smiley faces, etc. Or eat off the same plate. Starting with just you eating not offering her any unless she shows some interest. Then offer to share. My daughter at that age wouldn't eat anything that even remotely resembled meat. But fortunately she ate other things.

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