Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jackie | 2009/04/15


Eating problem

This is the second time I am now asking for help. My first correspondence was marked reflux relating eating problem and I was referred to a peadiatrician. I did go and was told that nothing is the matter with the baby (7 months old). The has got reflux but that can not cause him to not eat. The doctor feels that because the baby was taught to eat with a dummy - because he never wanted to eat and that was the only way the daycare could get him to eat - he now has to start to learn to eat from scratch. Even while using the dummy to help him eat, he would still scream/cry if you put the food in his mouth, but would be comforted when getting his dummy. Obviously once he sucked on the dummy, it caused him to swallow. We accepted the doctor' s opinion and tried to feed him with a lot more patience BUT he screams and cries and WILL NOT CLOSE HIS MOUTH if he suspects anything is in there. The daycare now refuses to try and feed him, because she still feels that something is not right, that is why he never wanted to eat from the beginning. He has still got no teeth, but his pallet from the one side of his mouth to the other is white. It looks like his gums look now close to teething - hope you understand this. She noticed this, while comparing him with a little girl 2 weeks younger than him. She also noticed that his pallet was deeper that hers????? I' m mentioning everything, in case it means something.

The daycare suggested that we do not try and FEED him anything now, and see how he reacts in a months time. He have increased his milk and that is currently all he takes at least 5 times a day.

Other than what ever advise you give, do you not know of a specialist or anyone that can help us with this eating " problem" . I would love to see my baby enjoy eating.

Expert's Reply



I am not at all happy with the story you outline here. I am not certainn if I have your baby's age correctly but if he is only 7 months now there is no need for great concern.Many babies only start with solids at 6 months. At present your baby seems to have a thrush infection in his mouth which must be treated.Once he is better start him on a rice cereal only at first, just a teaspoon or two twice day, gradually increasing the amount Keep mealtimes happy and calm and don't transmit your anxiety to your baby. Be very patient with him. Gradually introduce new foods always very finely pureed such as apple and pear. Continue then with butternut and pumpkin and gradually introduce other foods always well pureed only.

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