son wont take bottle HELPP

Lauren - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my son is almost three months old and has recently been rejecting his formula and bottle. he acts like he doesnt know what to do with it. he move his mouth around and cry and for only a second will he actually latch on. before i take him to a doctor or suggest asking one about this does anyone know what i can do? iv changed bottles.. i use a little more water in his formula and nothing seems to change. im taking him on tuesday to see one for acid reflux, thinking that might have a little to do with it.. but i dont want my child to starve. please give advice

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Rebecca - posted on 03/06/2010

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Ear infections and teething can cause pain when a baby sucks on a bottle. You can try a local anesthetic (like Oragel) on his gums if you think it's teething. Once, when my son had an ear infection, I resorted to a dropper (he'd drink if he didn't have to suck)! IF it's an ear infection, then lying down can also increase pressure, so make sure you're not reclining him too far when you're feeding him. I'd definitely see that doctor, though-- if for no other reason than you'll stop worrying when you know why you're baby feels bad and how to handle it. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/06/2010

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Has he had a cold or runny nose recently? Sometimes when babies get ear infections they will not take their bottles very well. The sucking hurts their ears so they end up not eating very much.

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