Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Michelle | 2012-03-05

Q.

Refusing to eat

Morning Doctor

My daughter will be 12 months on the 18 March. She is refusing to eat, it seems from a spoon. She goes to daycare where she was eating her porridge and cooked veg. This past 2 weeks, she has been spitting her food out and refusing to take in anything. If i give her finger foods, like polony or viennas or piece of fruit, or anything that she can eat herself, she will eat it after making a mess. Sometimes she eats it properly, other times she plays with the food spitting it out. She is still breastfed at nights only and over weekends. During the day she drinks a 150ml of formula every 3 hours because of her not eating properly. i have taken her for a check up to the dr, everything is fine. She has 7 teeth and the 8th bottom one is coming through, gums very swollen there.
i feel so helpless and yet she seems quite happy and content.

thanks so much for your advice

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

As you say yourself your baby is happy and content and that is the main thing.She seems to be teething now,so this may be part of the reason why she is not eating solids well now. She shows that she knows her own mind by refusing to eat viennas and polony which contain food colourants and preservatives and are not recommneded for babies or young children She is drinking plenty of milk so she probably does not feel very hungry either. Offer her her solids before you offer her milk.She will soon start eating better and for the present she will eat what she needs.

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