Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: concerned father | 2009-02-18

Q.

Eating problems and Grinding Teeth

MY Son is 1 years old, he started getting teeth about 3 months back, it has been almost 2 months since they are out. He refuses to eat anything. Due to hime not eating during the day he now wakes between 3 - 5 times each evening for a bottle. This was never a problem in the past as he was sleeping through from 2 months old.

Do we need to be concerned about him not eating and is there something we can do? By the way he is very healthy.

Secondly he started to grind his teeth over the weekend and now does it all the time? Is this ok and should we be concerned?

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby son was struggling with his molar teeth which seem to have come through now. He has also become very used to having all these feeds at night. He does not need more than a single borttle at bedtime. You may have to decide to try the controlled crying technique to break this habit otherwise no one in the family will get much sleep if he keeps getting 5 bottles at night.
Teeth grinding is a difficult habit to break once it starts. It is said to be due to baies getting used to having all their teeth at this age. The only good news is that this habit is usually temporary in children and even if it persists for some time it stops once the permanent teeth come through later on.

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