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8 mth old suddenly has no appetite - please tell me it's just a phase.

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Jojay Fri 03-Aug-07 13:49:57

I weaned my ds at 6 mths and he took to it very enthusiastically. Within a couple of weeks he was eating a varied diet of fruit veg, meat, fish and lentil recipes and some sweet puddings.

He's been eating happily until about a week ago. He's had diarrhoea and was sick on Monday night, but the diarrhoea is getting better and he seems fine within himself - has done throughout the 'bug'.

He's just not interested in his solids. he'll still drink milk, though not loads, considering how little solids he's eating ( about 20 oz a day; prior to weaning he had about 40 oz)

He's gone from eating 3/4 of a jar at each meal( homemade, but use jars to store) to reluctantly eating a few mouthfuls.

He still eats a reasonable amount of porridge with fruit at breakfast, though not as much as before. At lunch and tea, he won't take much at all, though will take yoghurt/ custard / sweet stuff, but even then, he's not that bothered.

A couple of days ago I gave him a stage 2 pot,( wondering if he just didn't like my cooking!!!) with some lumps, and he hardly ate any of that,despite managing lumps fine before.

It'd like he just can't be bothered any more. I gave him some finger food a la BLW, while I ate my lunch today - he should have been hungry but wasn't remotely interested.

Has anyone had anything similar happen??

Or any ideas of what I can do you kich start his appetite again??

I had him weighed yesterday and he'd only put on 2 grams in a month, whereas he's weight gain has been ttextbook until now. He's still on the 50th centile though, so I'm not panicking yet!

TIA

Riss70 Fri 03-Aug-07 13:54:20

Apparently I was a terrible eater as a child and mum had me at many Doctors about it and she was informed that I would not starve myself!!!!

If youa re really concerned try multivitamins or a specialist child formula like Sustagen (all the protiens iron vitamins etc) you mix it with either water or milk

Also my 3 little ones all went through stages where they would not eat I just tried to make sure that it was put there in fromt of them and left there for a while even if they only had a little it was better than nothing

take heart things should get better

Tapster Fri 03-Aug-07 14:08:15

Don't underestimate how long it takes them to get their appetite back after an illness. Its only Friday, its been less than a week. He will eat once he is hungry you can't force him.

Jojay Fri 03-Aug-07 16:59:07

Thanks - is it quite common for them to take a while to regain their appetite then??

gillhowe Fri 03-Aug-07 17:17:49

Took DS 7 - 10 days after a similar sounding bug.

It sounds like he is having as much as he wants - maybe just keep offering, make sure he is taking his fluids and watch his weight if you are still worried.

Aitch Fri 03-Aug-07 17:26:02

dd really went off her food when she had a tummy bug, for at least a week. he's only 8 months old, he'll be fine on milk for the moment i'm sure.

Jojay Fri 03-Aug-07 17:27:11

Thanks - that's good to know. I think I'll give him more milk if he'll take it, as he seems to want that more than anything else.

Have just tried to give him his tea - he took 4 oz milk, then went loopy when I tried to offer him some tuna pasta. He ate a Petit Filous and a spoonful of apple puree.

Hopefully he'll be back to his old self soon.

Aitch Fri 03-Aug-07 17:30:50

thing is, he knows what he wants. nothing that you're offering has the calorific value/comfort level of milk, so if he's sick and fighting an infection his body needs energy.

Jojay Fri 03-Aug-07 17:40:57

I think you're absolutely right. Babies do everything by instinct, and his instinct is telling him to drink milk and not eat food!!!

They don't get brainwashed by outside influences like we do.

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