Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chrissie | 2012/05/10


14 month old girl

Dear Doctor
Our 14 month old girl has been very healthy up to now. She weight 8.5kg but according to her pediatrician grows fine on the chart. She eats Cerelac cereal in the morning, I cook at home for her pre-cooked meals made up of chicken, butternut, potato, broccoli etc, which she used to enjoy at lunch, she gets a full-cream yoghurt and homemade cooked apple and pear at 4pm and start now to eat what we eat at dinner (very little). She still drinks about 4 x 200ml formula milk during the day and night. Suddenly she starts to refuse to eat her cooked lunch, eats 2 spoons of yoghurt and just little bits of evening dinner. However when my husband has a homemade rusk with his tea at night, she moans for her own rusk! During the course of the day I let her snack on a banana or cut up other fruit. I am not sure why she is now suddenly fussy about her " good food" . Do you think she drinks too much milk (she also has about 2 x sippy cups of water a day). Or is she just fussy because she found out that rusks and other snacks do the trick? Should I keep that away from her for a while?

Thanks for your time.

Expert's Reply



The average weight for a little girl of 14 months is 9.5kg. Your baby daughter's diet seems to be good and she does not appear to be having too much milk to drink. Her refusal to eat some of her food is probably just a temporary stage. She may be getting her molar teeth. She will soon be back to eating normally. Don't let her see that you are worrying about her loss of appetite and preference for food her father eats like the rusks.An occasional rusk will do her no harm other than filling her up.

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