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Can teething make a baby lose their appetite?

My 5 month old went from only drinking 6oz to 4oz in the past 3 days and I was wondering if it has anything to do w/ his teething.


Asked by Anonymous at 1:44 AM on Jan. 23, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It sure can. Stay away from orajel - it hardens the gums and makes it more difficult for the teeth to erupt - but numb the gums before feeding him. Stick a clean, damp washcloth in the freezer and give it to him to suck on, use a teething feeder with an ice cube or frozen fruit popped in, something along those lines.

    Answer by xtwistedxlovex at 4:44 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Yes... the pain they are experiencing will make them not want to eat much. Have you ever had a toothache or a tooth pulled? YOu probably didnt want to eat much either. Try giving your baby hard foods like carrots or apple slices in a munchkins fresh food feeder. YOu can get them at walmart. A little pricey but so worth it. Its mesh and seals shut so baby can chew it up and still get the mush that comes through with out worrying about large pieces that baby could possibly choke on.

    Answer by MamaCass05 at 1:58 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • sure can sucking can make the gums hurt worse

    Answer by mom2snsb at 1:58 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • My 1 year old is starting to have her top teeth pop through.. she has been eating a lot less... i give her oral jel.. she hates getting it put on but it helps her out a lot.. so it seems.. she's less fussy and cranky with it.. as well as tylenol if she's running a little fever with it... i'm guessing 4 oz isn't all he drinks in one day.. its just per feeding? he's fine and he won't starve himself.. as long as he's peeing and pooping ok then he's fine..

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 2:46 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Yes it does, get teething tablets they are the cure all of teething woes

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 2:49 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Try teething tablets (my daughter liked those better and no drowsy side effects) and also they make little net things you can put ice or frozen fruit in it. I also used to put my DD's food in the fridge and she liked it better that way. Sometimes when babies teeth they also may pull at their ears or get slight fevers.

    Answer by lildsmommy92908 at 3:23 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Yes, Teething Tablets. Out of all the things, that is what did the trick with all 4 of mine. But as always said, each child is different. A good alternative also was sugar free Flavor- ice, they not only loved them but helped their achy gums.

    Answer by wolfmomma30 at 5:01 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Most definitely! The sucking can hurt when teeth are coming in. Try some oragel (only in the front of the mouth or it can trigger gag reflex) before meal times.

    Answer by Melissa823 at 7:08 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

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