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my 8 month old is refusing to eat

she had a ear infection over 2 weeks ago and was on meds. ever since then she has not eatten right. she is hitting the spoon away and not opening her mouth. she wont eat breakfast and barely tries lunch.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:23 PM on Dec. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • are you still nursing? if so, breastmilk is all she *really* needs for the first year

    Answer by llansky at 10:36 PM on Dec. 24, 2009

  • as long as she's drinking breastmilk or formula she'll be me she won't let herself starve...

    Answer by Allergic2Stupid at 10:47 PM on Dec. 24, 2009

  • llansky is wrong. Children need to start on pureed/solid foods before they're a year to prepare their bodies for the change. I don't agree that breast milk or formula should be the soul provider of food after they're of 4-6 months of age.

    Talk to her doctor and see if there are any side effects like loss of appitite after the medicine has been issued. Was she not eating while she was on the medication?

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 11:19 PM on Dec. 24, 2009

  • Actually, breastmilk really is all she needs to survive for the first year. The solids are to teach them to eat. If you notice the labels they have very little calorie content. Some mothers choose not to introduce solids at all until after the first birthday. Jazz needs to do a little more research before calling people out as being wrong.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 PM on Dec. 24, 2009

  • My DD is 9 months now and around 7 months she started to do exactly what you described is happening with your LO. Before that she loved to eat! For my DD it was just an independence thing. She didn't want US to feed her, SHE wanted to do it herself. We started putting baby food on her tray and she would put her finger in it and put some in her mouth herself. She also started eating more finger foods that she could pick up herself. After that we tried letting her have the spoon....and sometimes that just helps to distract her enough that I can feed her using another spoon. After she's experimented with feeding herself I can usually get her to let me feed her or I can feed her in between her feeding herself. Try that with your LO and see if it makes a difference. It's messy, but she loves it! Good luck!

    Answer by silvia316 at 11:39 PM on Dec. 24, 2009

  • My dd always does that when she's teething. She'll feed herself if you put food on her tray but all hell breaks loose if i try to put a spoon in her mouth.

    Answer by sadiesmom87 at 1:31 AM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • As long as she is nursing, she is getting the nutrition that she needs. Keep offering foods like avocado and baked sweet potato, and eventually she will start eating them again.

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:03 AM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • She'll eat when she wants to. She might not feel 100% better yet. As long as shes still nursing or taking formula, this is fine for a while.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:43 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • JazzLikeMraz, while it isn't something you'd do, it is ok for kids to mostly nurse the first year. My perfectly healthy and thriving 2 and a half year old only began eating a spoonful or two of pureed veggies every 3-4 days until he was 11 months old, and then he showed interest in eating. Breastmilk the entire first year is perfectly fine, and safe, should a family choose that route.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:45 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

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