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Why does the baby refuse to eat?


Children are observed during periods of increased interest in food and moments when the toddler refuses to eat. Parents are usually worried about the latter situation. Is that right

When can an infant refuse to eat?

Aversion to food and a developmental leap

Less interest in food, nervousness, difficulty falling asleep can be caused by a developmental jump.

In the first year of life, children undergo seven developmental jumps. Each difficult period can last a day or several days. Poor appetite at this time is a natural symptom. You don't have to worry about him.

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Reluctance to eat and expanding the diet

Decreased appetite is sometimes observed in children when expanding their diet. This is because new foods often digest for longer, remain in the stomach, and the toddler needs to convince himself and get used to the new food.

The best advice for this time: nothing for strength, calmly and patiently. It will pass!

Aversion to food and interest in the world

Around four months old children often refuse to eat during the day. Sucking the breast or pacifier interrupt, looking around with interest or trying to make contact with the caregiver. It is typical for babies of this age to catch up at night, when the child, having nothing else to "do", enthusiastically starts eating, effectively interrupting parents' sleep.

How can you deal with this problem? First of all, find a quiet room and reduce the amount of stimuli during feeding. Mastering and the right tactics will come in handy, because over time reduced interest in eating during the day can become typical. When the child begins to sit, crawl and walk, refusal to eat can be even more firm, and nighttime motives more frequent, so make sure you have a calm atmosphere while eating.

Aversion to food and illness

Children usually eat worse when they are sick. Decreased appetite is also observed a day or two before infection. At this time, the toddler is more depressed, drowsy, irritable. In the event of infection, especially at elevated temperature, it is worth consulting a doctor.

The reason for reluctance to suck may be a blocked nose, aphthae in the infant and thrush, as well as celiac disease, anemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, food allergy.