Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: kerry | 2008/10/06

Q.

5 month old not drinking

hi. i am breastfeeding my 5 month old. for the past week he has hardly been drinking at all. i think he is teething as hes biting down hard on everything and drooling a lot. is this why he wouldnt drink? he is not crying a lot and doesnt seem to be unwell at all hes just lost his appetite. hes still having about 6 wet nappies a day. ive been giving him teething powders and teejel but cant get him to drink more. do teething babies do this and must i just wait it out. its a bit distressing to have baby not drinking.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

If your baby is not taking any fluids at all then you have a problem. His refusal to breastfeed is almost certainly due to teething, but it is extremely unusual that your baby does not want to feed at all.I presume that you have tried to bottle feed him just to see if he will take a bottle. Apply Pansoral gel to his lower gums. If he still won't drink I am concerned about him becoming dehydrated so you will need to see your paediatrician.

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