Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: hk | 2010-04-12

Q.

CONSTANT BATTLE

My 11 month old weighs about 10kg. He appears healthy and quite happy. He is teething and has 2 bottom teeth and often has a runny stomach.
My concern is that recently he does not eat well as he used to or at all. He tends to only have two or three morsels (solids) or 3-4spoons (cereals) and then spits everything out. I try to then force feed him as he has not eaten anything but he simply cries and howls. Its a constant battle. He is breastfeeding about 3 - 4 times a day.
Should I be concerned as I am not sure how much protein and other nutrients he needs right now.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby's weight is excellent and is above the average weight for his age despite not eating well. He seems to be benefiting from his breast feeding which provides the important nutrients he needs.Do not force him to eat but offer him the solids he seems to like best. Start off with solids only twice a day and gradually introduce solids at lunchtime as well,one food at a time and always very soft and mushy until he is ready for more coarse foods. Do not force him to eat, he will eat what he needs and wants.

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