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what causes "food coma"?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Bodily hormones: The body shifts from intense hunting for food to calm digestion following a heavy meal. This is the result of hormone shifts within the body. Some persons have more dramatic hormone shifts than others. Some foods induce these hormone shifts or even contain hormones that help shift body function. This is especially prominent at thanksgiving! alcohol adds to the effects.

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Does my baby need more food?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: If your baby is gaining well and he/she is not requiring more and more frequent feeds, then you baby should be getting enough food.
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When will my baby be able to handle large pieces of food?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends: Most infants can start to tolerate more solid foods (such as bits of pasta) around 9 months of age. This often occurs around the same age the baby develops a good pincer grasp. However, some babies have problems which delay the timing (eg. Reflux, feeding aversion or gagging). Also many premature babies need extra time to develop this skills. It is best to consult your doctor on the right timing.
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What should I do if my baby is really particular about the food he eats?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Keep trying: Keep introducing new foods with different textures and flavors. Often they will have to try something up to 10-15 times before liking it. Babies and kids are more likely to eat when they see others eating as well. Be a model for your children and talk about how yummy and healthy the food is. Above all, don't give up, keep introducing those healthy foods and try not to resort to processed foods.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is frozen vegetarian food healthy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Frozen vegetables often maintain nutrients better than vegetables shipped long distances. Make sure the food is not heavy in salt and saturated fats. Read the label carefully.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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Feb 24, 2018
A 46-year-old member asked:

Need to know what's childbirth coma?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Horrible: During childbirth several horrible things can occur to the mother and to the child. Unclear from the question to whom you are referring. Coma of the mother can be caused by intracranial hemorrhage, anoxic damage, severe eclampsia, pituitary apoplexy, etc. In the baby it can be caused by hie (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). Recovery depends on cause and degree of damage.

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