08-23-2013 01:26 PM
Has anyone had problems with their baby not eating well? My son is almost 7 months old and has struggled to eat since he was born. He will only take the ready feed formula and not the powder. He would spit up all the time and was recently switched to the no spit formula which has helped. He struggles with a fast flow nipple and it takes anywhere from 25-45 minutes for him to take 3-4oz. He also seems to eat every hour to an hour and a half. We also give him the baby solid food and he seems to do well with it but he still takes a considerable amount of time to eat. He is not gaining a lot of weight, he only gained two pounds between his four month and six month appointment and didn't double his birth weight until six months. Additionally he is not sleeping through the night and will wake up one to two times simply because he his hungry. We have taken him to the doctor and even went to a specialist who simply observed him eat but didn't do any testing and has now recommended an occupational therapist to teach him how to eat. I don't believe this is the issue and I hoping someone out there has had a similar problem. He is developmentally advanced in many other ways. He has been crawling since he was four months old and is now standing and attempting to walk, which is why i believe the doctors don't think anything is wrong with him. Any help is greatly appreciated!
08-29-2013 08:00 AM
I believe that it is important to talk to your doctor about this if you are concerned. Even if your baby is hitting milestones early (smaller babies tend to walk earlier than others) it is important that you make sure there is nothing interfering with him getting the nutrition he needs.
08-29-2013 11:05 AM
Thank you for the response. We have been working with his doctor and are seeing a Specialist and Occupational Therapist. I was hoping someone else had experienced something similar and could provide any adivice or tell me what their doctor recommended or found.
08-31-2013 01:31 PM
To begin with, it's great to know your little guy is responding to solids! That's a huge step!
In your visits with specialists and your physician, has anyone done blood work to test for a nutrient deficiency or food intolerance? From what you've mentioned - in terms of his lack of interest, physical discomfort, and low weight gain - I might guess there are two possible explanations.
One, there is something in the formula that doesn't agree with him. Is it soy or dairy based? If he has an intolerance that is making him uncomfortable (making digestion difficult or impeding the absorption of nutrients), it would make sense that he is less than thrilled to eat large volumes. It might be worth looking into changing to a dairy-based formula (if he's on soy right now), or vice versa, to see if this type of elimination could help.
Two, he might be a little nutrient-deficient, which is why it would be helpful to request a blood test. You should specifically ask that the doctor look at his zinc levels (they are not included in the standard blood test administered to children), as low zinc levels have been linked to low appetite, low weight gain, short stature, and food aversions. Luckily, a zinc supplement and consistent introduction of new foods as he grows can help remedy this quite quickly.
It makes sense that he's taking his time eating the solids when he has them: if his system is only used to small amounts of food at each feeding, it (and he) might be a little overwhelmed.
I hope this helps! Please do keep us posted here on how it's going,
Holistic Health Coach, CHHC AADP
From the Ground Up Wellness
09-03-2013 06:24 AM