My son won't eat more than 1 ounce of formula. He's 8 months old. Help!

Erin - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Since Breckin was born he's had trouble eating. At 3 months they diagnosed him failure to thrive with acid reflux. He's very active and very skinny. Always has been. Now all of a sudden he doesn't want his bottle. Well, he does but after a certain point he turns away and usually that certain point is around 1 ounce or less. Before he started doing this he was eating anywhere from 2 to 4 ounces and the occasional 5. We were in the hospital for the failure to thrive period. I don't want to go back! Dr. says its a virus. It's not a virus. Any suggestions?

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Kerrianne - posted on 12/02/2009

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Perhaps some advice from an Occupational Therapist may help.Has he ever had a swallowing assessment done?
What do you mean by "he's very active?"

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Jamie - posted on 12/06/2009

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Have you had him checked for a cleft palette or tongue tied, dr.s, specialists, therapist you keep asking until... until what? Until you have an answer that makes you feel safe for your child.

Kelly - posted on 12/04/2009

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first off i breastfed my children until they were 3-4 months old then went to formula we had problems at first with the formula cuz it was to harse on their tummys so i use that simalac sensitive its great now he is 8 months what i would suggest is dont try to force more than he wants on himi would continue with the once for now but put some rice only the rice infant ceral its not as strong as the cereal and oatmeal when you fix his bottle put a teaspoon of the rice cereal in the ounce of formula this way he is getting that extra help the rice helds keep them hydrated as my peditrician told me then in about 45 minutes try giving him about 2 ounces of pedilite my children love the bubble gum flavor cant go wrong there then wait about an hour or so and make a 2 ounce of formula only and give that to him i would just repeat this through out the day and if it seems to start wrking i would up the rice bottle decrease the pedilite and up the just formula till you are happy with the way he is eating. i have 5 children and one on the way and i think i have gone through just about everything infact i have even gone through staples in the head of my oldest boy twice in a year time and i have had to ask to the doctor to admitt my little ones to the hospital over night just for a saline drip cuz that seems to bust their systems and they are fine the next day

Christy - posted on 12/04/2009

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Is he on meds for the acid reflux? Both my kids had it bad and were put on prevacid twice a day. It did wonders.

Renae - posted on 12/04/2009

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I understand, my baby was also in hospital with a feeding disorder. He fed in very small amounts (half an ounce) every 45 minutes from 2 to 6 months (and he can't suck on a bottle - so he was breastfed every 45 min). Hospital is horrible. I'm assuming he was on a tube? Its awful. Mine was diagnosed with reflux and "transitional colic" which is a fancy way of saying "he's in pain but we have no idea why". My baby is 8mo and wont have more than 50ml (google conversion says that's 1.7 ounces) and it took a long time just to get him to drink that.

Did you see speech and OT in hospital? If not you absolutely must see a Speech Pathologist who SPECIALISES in infant feeding and who has experience, not a young person. And you need to see an Occupational Therapist and Paediatric Dietician, both ones who specialise in infant feeding.

Is he on Losec (omeprazole)? In Australia they have only been using that for babies for 4 years so don't know if its used in the US. It really helps but most GP's only prescribe 5mg, that's not enough for bad reflux. My baby has 15mg a day and my friend's baby has a very bad feeding disorder and she has 20mg a day (I believe 20mg is the max they can have). Are you using thickener?

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Is he eating solids? Offer the bottle first before solids. I agree that an ear infection can cause babies to not want to eat. Or getting new teeth. You could try putting it in a sippy cup, maybe he would take that.

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2009

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Not sure if this will be of any help, but I have noticed that sometimes when my kids had ear infections. They would drink a little bit and then not want to anymore. The preasure in their ear would hurt when they would drink. The other thing would be trying to feed him more often while trying to figure out what is wrong. Keep pushing for answers. If your gut is telling you something go with it. Do research and investigate on your own and keep pushing.

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