My baby is barely eating :(

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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She's 11 months, and just recovering from Roseola. Her fever is gone, and rash is also almost gone, but her appetite hasn't returned. She fights me hitting the spoon, spitting out the food and everything. I've tried holding her hands down, tried the whole "airplane" act and EVERYTHING. The best I could do was put her food in my dishes and feed her with my tableware, and she ate a little bit that way especially after I pretended to eat it. But then about 5 minutes into that it was back to her old routine. She spends the whole meal time screaming and crying, even if she has a clean diaper and just woke up from her nap. Right now she's eating purees, because we tried to make the transition to solids but once she started teething she didn't want anything to do with them. Now all I can get her to eat is a bottle of milk with rice cereal. I don't know what to do but I've tried putting her to bed at night hungry without dinner after fighting two days in a row and that didn't work either. HELP! I don't want to starve my baby!

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I agree she is still at the age where formula is a wonderful thing! have you tried a few finger foods...green bean, macncheese. Maybe she would be happier if she fed herself. Yes, its messy, but heck its better then frustrating yourself and her!

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2011

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My daughter is 16 months in 4 days, and she is going through a "phase". Basically, one day, she will eat a LOT of food, but then others, she won't want anything. I think it has to do with teething. Also, she does the "I want what Mommy and Daddy eats" thing that you mentioned. I just put extra food on my plate, and she tends to like that. She drinks, at least, 12-16oz of milk a day, and she still acts like this.

She'll eat when she's hungry. That's what my GP said and I've been seeing her since I was 4 yrs old. She said that some babies won't starve themselves and they'll eat when they're hungry. Don't worry... it's nobody's fault. Plus, if she's recovering from a cold, mixed with teething, I'm sure she doesn't feel up to eating solids, yet. My daughter still LOVES when I make rice. Just regular old rice mixed with whatever can of soup we have in the cupboard. ;) Try it, you may be surprised. ;) Good luck!

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She's at the age where it's still okay to just eat lots of formula. I wouldn't mix it with rice cereal in the bottle though. It could be a choking hazard. Just give her formula for a few days and calmly offer food. Don't fight with her or stress about it. She will pick up on your stress and that makes it worse. You won't starve her with formula.

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Rebekah - posted on 06/24/2011

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My daughter is 18 months. Somedays she's a good eater and somedays I can not get her to eat a thing! It is b/c she is teething. I mean think about it. when our teeth hurts, some of us don't want to eat, and sometimes it makes us crabby! I think it's like that for them too! Sometimes my daughter is just not hungry at night time. I give her a sippy cup full of milk, as long as she has milk, she will be okay. I also give my daughter apple sauce and yogurt. If her teeth are hurting her I wiill mash up her food or put it in the blinder. I hope she gets to feeling better. Also. If you are stressed out, she will feel that negative energy from you. If she does not eat, give a sippy cup of milk, and try again later. Hope this helps.

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011

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She's probably just too stressed out for food. I would give her a bottle right now if she'll take it. She's got to get her nutrition some how. You should probably take her back to the doctor though if she's still not eating.

Karen - posted on 06/24/2011

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It may take her up to a week to feel better again and want to eat. Just keep giving her formula and offer her the food. If she starts getting hungry, she'll eat it. Don't put cereal in the bottle tho, it's not recemmended.

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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Yeah I got my son a plastic table and little chairs from Crazy Clarks and he loves eating non messy foods on it (sandwiches, dry crackers, etc.) because he can get up and down and not be strapped into the high chair the whole time.

Christy - posted on 06/23/2011

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As long as she's drinking milk and staying hydrated for a couple more days while her body recovers, she'll be fine. Her appetite will return.

See if her gums are swollen from teething, maybe some baby motrin will reduce the swelling enough that it doesn't hurt to chew on stuff. Also, offer her finger foods for some meals, even if it's just crackers she can suck on.

Not that you want to start into new or bad habits, but possibly changing the meal situation will encourage her to eat. A snack in the middle of the day that's not at the dinner table, just set on a chair at her level so she can grab it at will. Just brain storming. Hope you can find something that will help her!

Chrystal - posted on 06/23/2011

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Aww I'm so sorry you have to go through that with your baby:( I would maybe talk to the pediatrician and see what he/she recommends. Good luck:)

Yvette - posted on 06/23/2011

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Up until bub is about 12 months they don't have to eat meals, as food is more about learning to handle different tastes and textures in their mouths. They are fine to have milk most of the time even if they haven't been unwell. Your baby hasn't got the ability to refuse food like adults do, so don't worry. Her natural instinct will kick in way before she becomes malnourished and make her eat. Babies, toddlers and children need much less food to nourish themselves than we think according to my paediatrician, so as long as bub is still having milk, and you are still trying to introduce a spoon full of food a few times a day, then don't worry! As for witholding food, your baby is still a baby. Withholding food and power struggles aren't going to get you the results you are after. Your worried that shes not eating enough, but shes not as you can see, so stop fighting and worrying and be assured that her body still reacts to her natural instincts and she will be just fine :)

Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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My son wasn't even sick and he went through this phase at 11 months. He stopped eating what we spoon fed him, wouldn't feed himself, would just throw anything we put on his plate. They eventually just start eating again as long as you offer it. He would only eat toast with promite.

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2011

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My daughter is almost 3 and i have a son that is almost 2 years old and the dr told me when they go days with out eating maybe one or 2 bites a day or just drinking milk its fine as long as they dont start losing a lot of weight... have u tried giving her gas drops about 20 mins before eating?

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