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21 weeks old not feeding, getting skinnier

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AnaKristina Fri 01-Dec-17 19:34:27

I didn't weight him but he is getting skinnier and has been eating much less since more than a week. Bottle fed and from taking 7oz every ,3 hours except for the nights where he sleeps 5-7 hours with no feeds to 4-5 Oz every 3-5 hours. Not hungry. Have to feed him in 2-3 goes as he stops after 2-3 Oz. Is this normal? Does it mean he needs weaning? Getting concerned now. Thanks

lillylollylandy Fri 01-Dec-17 19:39:36

How old is baby? How many wet and dirty nappies is he producing per day?

Itscurtainsforyou Fri 01-Dec-17 19:40:49

Make an appointment with your gp/Hv. It could be that he has silent reflux or cows milk problems and so is associating milk with pain (& hence having less)

SandysMam Fri 01-Dec-17 19:41:15

With all due respect, I would get him to the GP or Health Visitor on Monday, any doubts about baby should be checked out really.

AssassinatedBeauty Fri 01-Dec-17 19:44:41

Weaning won't help as anything he'll eat has less calories and nutrients than food. Babies shouldn't lose weight at all, I would see a GP as soon as you can, probably Monday now, and get an expert opinion.

AnaKristina Fri 01-Dec-17 19:49:52

He is 21 weeks and has reflux well treated with ranitidine. Wet and dirty nappies are fine, plenty of wet nappies. He is happy.

AnaKristina Fri 01-Dec-17 20:32:47

Friends pediatrician told her to exclude urine and ear infections so I'll call 111 to have him seen. My GP clinic is a nightmare and dismissing and minimizing concerns always when I go there. I would get a standard reply plenty of wet nappies he must be ok.

minipie Fri 01-Dec-17 20:34:33

Teething perhaps? Does he appear uncomfortable with feeding (comes off the bottle a lot for eg?)

AnaKristina Fri 01-Dec-17 21:03:56

Thanks, no just stops at say 3-5 Oz and moves his head away. Like he had enough. Not crying because of hunger every three hours which is normal for him.

minipie Sat 02-Dec-17 00:10:42

He may well just have been having a growth spurt - they feed extra for a week or so, get fatter, then appetite shrinks and they get longer and thinner. Are his babygrows looking a bit shorter maybe? I'd take him to the baby clinic and see if he has actually lost weight, if so then speak to a HV, if not I'd be inclined to relax assuming he seems happy and settled.

AnaKristina Sat 02-Dec-17 02:08:38

Thanks all. Out of hours GP had seen him. No signs of infections or anything sinister. I managed to collect a bit of urine for analysis. It could be teething she said. He did have a growth spurt recently and babygrows are now almost short in the body. But baggy as he is skinny. He is a long baby towards centile 99 but weight always between 25 and 50. Long and slim. I'll speak to the HV on Monday.

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