When the baby does not accept to eat anything, the parents’ fear and affliction often causes drastic actions to be taken. It is no use forcing , threatening, punishing or fighting with the child. This will make the situation even worse!
So don’t despair, calm your heart and read this article to the end! He will help you a lot when this situation arises. Good reading!
Is it normal for my baby not to want to eat?
It is important to know that the baby’s age is crucial to understand if this “not eating” is normal or could be a problem. For young babies (between 6 months and 1 year) it is normal and expected that milk is still the main food . Food will complement food.
You must take into account that the baby’s stomach is small and until recently he was fed only with breast milk . Don’t set your sights on thinking he’s going to eat a plateful of food right away. Keep offering and stay calm.
And even in the case of older children, it is important to keep in mind that it is not because your child has refused food a few times or skipped a meal that he will not become malnourished. Keep in mind that lack of appetite can have two different classifications: organic and behavioral .
The lack of organic appetite
A lack of organic appetite occurs when the baby has a nutrient deficiency or an infectious disease . In this case, you will notice some symptoms such as listlessness, drowsiness, dry skin and hair, and cracks in the corner of the mouth . This is the case that you can really worry about and you should look for a pediatrician to find out what is causing and solve the problem.
lack of behavioral appetite
The lack of behavioral appetite originates in the family’s habits and behaviors . Children often do not want to eat because they are distracted (with a cell phone or TV, for example) or because they are tired and very sleepy. A routine review is always important in these cases.
Offering another food with little nutritional value such as chocolate or ice cream, for example, is a big mistake. Forget that famous phrase “better than nothing ”. In that case nothing, most of the time, will be better. That’s because the baby is in the process of forming eating habits and desperate attitudes can put everything to waste.
You may also be interested in the article How to Encourage Your Child to Eat Fruits and Vegetables .
Do not force and do not substitute food!
The most important thing is that you do not force the baby to eat or substitute food . Never use prizes or punishments to make your child eat. Also don’t force “scrape the plate” .
Attitudes like this can make the child get used to eating more than necessary and develop overweight or obesity in the future.
What to do?
Ideally, you should stay calm and rule out organic lack of appetite. Excluding this possibility, when your child is hungry he will eat . Don’t let them pinch between meals and vary the foods in their meals.
When having a meal, create a peaceful environment , free from distractions like cell phones or television, and maintain a connection with the child . Meals should not just be the habit of chewing and swallowing food. Teach your baby to appreciate the timing of the meal and know your body’s signals.
And, of course, be sure to consult your pediatrician to rule out other problems that might be decreasing your baby’s appetite.
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