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My baby has suddenly started eating less than usual. Is this usual, or is there something wrong?

My baby has suddenly started eating less than usual. Is this usual, or is there something wrong?

They could be sick: Problems feeding or significant changes in feeding patterns can be a sign that something is wrong with your infant. Every infant can vary their feeding patterns, so a happy infant, without a fever, who just feeds less during one feed, is not concerning. However, if your infants is feeding much less or if they are very sleepy and hard to arouse, you should call your pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Appetite Changes (Definition)

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What can cause the scale to go up if you are eating less than usual?

What can cause the scale to go up if you are eating less than usual?

Fluid or poo: accumulation, both of which vary during the day. Can be about 1-2 pounds of variance. ...Read more

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2 m/o son has been sleeping more and eating less than usual. His temperature is normally between 97.1 & 97.4, but atm it's 97.4 should I be worried?

2 m/o son has been sleeping more and eating less than usual. His temperature is normally between 97.1 & 97.4, but atm it's 97.4 should I be worried?

Hard to Say: To give good advice we would need more information such as how long this has gone on (a day, a week, a month could all mean something diferent). Also, is he sleeping longer at a time or longer during the day, and just how drastic is the change in his eating? If it is alarming to you, call his pediatrician's office to see if they think you need to bring him in. ...Read more

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Why does my baby seem to be eating less?

Why does my baby seem to be eating less?

Can be normal: Children have appetites that vary. As toddlers (12-24 months in particular) they will have days they eat like an adult and days they eat not at all. As long as baby feels good and acts normal just monitor appetite.Be sure he/she is drinking to stay hydrated. Sometimes appetite decreases when teething or if they are feeling badly. ...Read more

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My baby boy is 7 weeks old and has been sleeping a lot more through the day and eating less. Just wanting to know if this is normal?

My baby boy is 7 weeks old and has been sleeping a lot more through the day and eating less. Just wanting to know if this is normal?

Checkup: He is due for his 8wk check up; so as long as he is not obviously dehydrated take him in on an appt for routine followup and get him weighed; be sure to bring your concerns up and make sure all is well. It is normal to sleep alot; but as long as your baby is getting enough food and fluids his weight should be fine and a good indicator of how well he is doing. ...Read more

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My 7 months baby boy sleeping more and eating less, is it normal?

My 7 months baby boy sleeping more and eating less, is it normal?

Keep an eye: May be he is coming down with a viral infection or so. Keep an eye on him and if he doesn't improve better get him checked out. ...Read more

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My 19 month old has had diarrhea for the past three days. Her fluid intake is the same as usual but she is eating less than normal. Should I take her to her doctor?

My 19 month old has had diarrhea for the past three days. Her fluid intake is the same as usual but she is eating less than normal. Should I take her to her doctor?

Why not?: Doctors are often taught that parents know their children best, and that when there is a significant change in their behavior, particularly when they are unable to clearly vocalize the reasons, it is prudent to follow up and make sure that nothing significant is taking place. On the other hand, this may well be a viral illness which will resolve quickly. ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose about 5kg without exercising nor eating less? I used to gym frequently though.

Is it normal to lose about 5kg without exercising nor eating less? I used to gym frequently though.

Maybe: So, you go to gym frequently but not exercising? I am not sure i got that right. Losing 5 kgs (~12lbs) w/out exercising or changing in diet and having no other symptoms may be somewhat hard to explain. Sometimes restructuring your eating pattern may help (eating less dinner, for example). Also, weighing yourself on the same scale is very important, as different scales may show different #s. ...Read more

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How i find my natural weight? 5ft8 female 16 147 pounds at my heaviest when i wasn't doing much exercise i'm currently 119 eating less exercising more

How i find my natural weight? 5ft8 female 16 147 pounds at my heaviest when i wasn't doing much exercise i'm currently 119 eating less exercising more

Wide range of normal: For adults, we use body mass index (http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm) to calculate normal weight for given height, regardless of age, gender & skeletal frame etc. For children, we use bmi-tile (http://apps.Nccd.Cdc.Gov/dnpabmi/) for which 5-85% is healthy. Assuming you turned 16yo today, 111# to 162# is healthy corresponding to bmi of 16.9 to 24.8 (close to adult norms). ...Read more

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How do I find my natural weight i was 147 pounds at my heaviest when i wasn't doing much exercise and I am currently 119 and eating less and exercisin?

How do I find my natural weight i was 147 pounds at my heaviest when i wasn't doing much exercise and I am currently 119 and eating less and exercisin?

Wide range of normal: We use body mass index (http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm) to calculate normal weight for given height, regardless of gender & skeletal frame. As you can see, one size doesn't fit all. Still aiming for bmi of 18.5-24.9 is considered normal, assuming female waist <35" & male waist <40". Ugh, but if you're <19yo, we also need to take age & gender into account using bmi-tile. ...Read more

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How can you work on eating less and losing weight.?

How can you work on eating less and losing weight.?

Make up your mind: You need to have a determination to lose weight. It is more of a behavior control and will power than anything else. You should get into a daily discipline to eat less and exercise more.....And the weight loss will follow. You just have to be persistent and keep your patience. It is a long term discipline and change of habbits which will lead to success. ...Read more

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Will i lose weight by eating less and smaller portions?

Will i lose weight by eating less and smaller portions?

Yes, but . . .: In most cases the answer is yes, but the types of foods and their nutrient and calorie density is an even greater determinant. You could eat smaller portions of very high calorie and low nutrient food and get fatter! consider paleolithic nutrition or speaking to a nutritional specialist for your individual needs. ...Read more

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Is eating less or more causes reducing or gaining weight?

Diet: You will gain weight if you eat more and do not burn these additional calories through exercise. Our metabolism slows as we age unless we exercise regularly. If you eat the same as time goes on, do not exercise you will gain weight. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My three week old is eating less and I have no idea what's wrong?

My three week old is eating less and I have no idea what's wrong?

Unsure: Baby eating is very confusing to parents. You have to look at all the factors. Is the baby doing well all other areas. This is why we do well baby exams. ...Read more

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My 11 week old is eating less but more frequently, is this a problem?

My 11 week old is eating less but more frequently, is this a problem?

Is the baby gaining?: If your baby is gaining weight, you do not need to be concerned. If not, you should contact your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Reduced Appetite (Definition)

diminished ...Read more