Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mom | 2011-07-04

Q.

Night feeds

I have an seven month old baby boy who has in the last month started waking at night for a feed. I try and comfort him and offer the dummy etc but he will not settle until he has his bottle. I think he must be hungry and I know night feeds at this age is not a good idea as it is habit forming but I don''t want to do the wrong thing and starve my child as his weight is a little on the low side. He has three meals a day which include cereal, home cooked vegetable and proteins and fruits. He drinks on average 600 mls a day which does not include the 150mls he wakes up for at night. I try and offer him more milk during the day but he loses interest very quickly when drinking but enjoys solid food. He is 7 months, 3 weeks and weighs 7.3 Kgs. Do I try not give the night feed or rather let him have his milk?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The average weight for a baby boy of 7 months is 8.5kg. Your baby son's weight falls on the 10th percentile, the lowest 10% for baby boys of his age.His present fluid requirement per day is 980ml per day. It is certainly possible that he is waking because he feels hungry.It may be worthwhile replacing his night bottle with a special formula called Novalac SD [sweet dreams]

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