My 12 month old has been eating pretty much everything you would expect for a while now, but over the weekend he caught a little cold and his top front teeth decided to finally poke through. I knew from before that his appetite drops when he's sick or teething, and that he doesn't like drinking from his bottle when his gums are really tender (and he's refusing any other kind of cup.. a whole different battle). But for the last 3 days, he's also been having trouble swallowing foods that he used to gobble up easily. He'll try to eat them, but then gag and cough and start crying. Since yesterday, he can only swallow ripe fruits, yogurt, ice cream, baby-food rice and stage 2 foods, and even then he clearly has to try hard to swallow, and it isn't fun for him. The doctor checked him this morning - ears, throat and lungs all are fine. They said to call in a few days if no change.
Have you ever seen anything like this?
Answer by jilligan362 at 7:30 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 8:56 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 8:57 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
A baby this age would "normally" be breastfeeding (considering the norm for human babies is breastfeeding). When things like this happen older babies/toddlers revert to pretty much exclusive breastfeeding. When the child nurses more, more milk is produced. This helps the child get over the "cold" if that's what is going on, provides nutrition, it is comforting, and provides just what the child needs (over 400 different things are in human milk). The World Health Org recommends bf for at least 2 years.
It's more difficult is the baby isn't breastfed and you just have to do the best you can. I'm not saying anything bad about you, I'm explaining why your child is behaving the way he is.
Answer by Gailll at 11:57 AM on Aug. 18, 2010
Answer by kfroz0415 at 2:47 PM on Aug. 18, 2010