Posted by: TK | 2011/04/27


1 year boy not eating

It is now 2 weeks that my boy is not eating well. He had diarrhea but recovered from it. Took him to the pediatrician, she said he is fine and gave him texa. 3 days later there was no improvement I went to the chemist to get Vidaylin. his appetite improved but his stools is black is it because of the Vidaylin that is black?

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Yes it is the iron in the Vidaylin that is causing your baby's stools to be dark in colour.Sometimes after an illness babies take a while to settle down before their appetite returns to normal. Make sure that your baby's nose is not blocked. If it is use saline nose drops to clear his nose.Another reason may be that he is teething.Texa will not help to improve your baby's appetite unless possibly the paediatrician gave it to him to help for a blocked nose.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/04/27

Yes, the iron will make stools dark green or black.

Many children start eating less well at around a year old, as they aren''t growing at such a fast rate anymore.
Just make sure that all the food you offer is healthy and don''t give any sweets, chips, biscuits etc and he will eat what he needs. If the pead says he''s fine after the dirrhea, then he probably is. Also remember that children grow in spurts, so they will go through a few weeks of not eating that well, then they will eat three times the usual amount, and suddenly grow and then revert to normal again and then the cycle just repeats itself. So long as you are always offering healthy food, our child will get what he needs when he needs it.

I found at this age that instead of expecting my child to sit and eat meals, it was easier if I fed him his breakfast, then at mid morning just popped a plat of fruit and cheese cut into bite sized pieces onto our lounge table, and he''d toddle over and eat it while we played, then I''d offer lunch in the high chair, I''d do the loung trick for afternoon snack, supper would be with the familoy and then if he was still hungry before bed we''d have a little snack before I bathed him and read his story. That seemed to work out ok.

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