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What Do I Do If My Baby Is A Picky Eater
Are they Happy?: The happy spitter designation is often used for babies who seem undeterred by the spit up and would likely eat again immediately if offered. Also labled "wet burps" this often happens when an air bubble pushes milk up and out as it comes up. The sad spitter is often used for the child that feels bad & really has an illness...They don't want to eat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy?: I would just make sure the snacks available qualify as healthy. Many children reach the age where you can't control when or how much they eat, but you do not need to buy junk food in a quest to make sure the "eat something".I view their day as a feeding debit card, with nibbling until they hit their allotment.If they eat junk, that cancels any room for healthy food. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your baby knows best: Most babies know better than we do what their bodies need to grow. As long as you burp her frequently during the feeding, she will eat the right amount. Don't get hung up on averages published in books/websites. I have seen growing newborns who only wanted 1 1/2 ounces and others who needed 8. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If a child is < 6 months old, not much, and don't worry. If a child is > 6 months old, make sure the food they're eating is healthy. This means no juices or "junk" food. Also, the earlier a child is introduced to "solid" foods, the more likely he/she is to be overweight. To avoid this, wait until at least 4-6 months old to introduce (soft) cereals and fruits/veggies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Picky eaters: Picky eating habits will drive most parents crazy.At 22m their growth rate has slowed to ~5lb/3inch/yr which is much slower than earlier.Feeding matches need. Most feed well 4days a month & nibble the rest.Single item days are common(breads, vegies, etc) & a balanced week is more common than a balanced meal. If you only offer nutritious choices, they will get what they need.Discuss with your dr too. ...Read more
Picky Eaters: Babies taste buds are different than ours. They tend to be more sensitive to taste and texture. As you start introducing solids to your baby, it will take him a while to figure out what to actualy do with this new food in his mouth, be patient. If you have a baby that likes few things, build around what he likes, always offer a variety of colors and textures via veggies & fruits. Make meals fun! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hunger Cues: You'll learn your baby's various cries and cues over time. In the meantime, some hunger cues are fairly universal. While babies cry for all kinds of reasons, if it's been awhile since her last feed, and she begins fussing, puts her hand to her mouth, sucks a lot, or roots her face toward anything that it touches, she's hungry. Feeding at the onset of fussing can prevent the "frantic baby" later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poop, pee and weight: Two ways really... Is baby pooping and peeing often? Most babies will have some urine with each feeding, or close to it. If that is the case and stooling is frequent, then intake should be fine. Also, babies should gain about an ounce per day, or a pound every two weeks for the first 4-6 months. If that is occurring, then intake is very solid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Experience: Little babies will root, turning their head and opening their mouths in a movement of looking for the breast. Tired babies tend not to make eye contact. It never hurts to try a feed. As you get to know your baby and his or her cries, you will become adept and knowing if baby is tired or hungry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several options: There is nothing wrong with preparing your own food. But extra acidity, fats etc are not necessary.Also waiting a few more months for dairy is still recommended. Remember that if you are patient and the baby is really hungry, he will tend to eat.Also some babies when teething have this happen.But this phase does pass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My girlfriend and i are wanting a baby and are wanting to know if it is true a girl can get another girl pregnant. If so, what do I have to do?
Not bad: As long as you have the procedure performed at a reputable facility, your baby's vaccines are up to date, and you perform proper cleaning as instructed, you should be safe to have the piercing performed. Using the surgical steel posts ( more expensive but very 'worth it') will reduce the possibility of allergic reactions. Have fun! ...Read more
My daughter is 2 years old and doesn't want eat. I have tried everything but all she wants is a bottle. What can I do to get her to eat?
Re-examine the issue: My expectation for feeding at that age is 3-5 good feeding days a month & the rest nibbling or grazing.There interest also shifts to carbohydrates to sustain activity rather than protein to sustain growth. Feed at the table & be sure appetizing food is always available in a for they could sample. As long as the growth rate & activity level are normal, relax.Think balanced week not balanced meal. ...Read more
Limited choices: Some ivf centers offer embryo selection and implantation that can assist you on this issue.However, this is expensive and not 100% successful technology. Your chances at any conception run 50% for either sex. You may be better off trying the natural route and accepting what you get. If you are not ready to accept another possible girl into the family, quit now. ...Read more
Weight and diapers: All breastfed babies lose a little weight in the beginning. Signs your baby is getting enough milk: 1) look for the same number of wet diapers as your baby is days old (1 pee on day 1, 2 on day 2...), then by day 4 onward 5-8 wet diapers a day. 2) stool changes from black to yellow by day of life 4. 3) your pediatrician will also check baby's weight frequently the first week of life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Patient persistence: Each infant has his/her own temperament. Infants that are slow to eat solids often have "slow to warm" temperament. That is the are slow to accept change or new experiences, like new foods, new clothes, bathing, etc. If they are slow to accept solids, don't force it. Just patiently continue to try various foods. Once one is accepted then mix it with the next food you are trying to introduce. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it really hunger: The 2 month old is a rapidly growing infant that needs fuel to grow. They will feed more often than older infants.Yet many parents are confused by non-nutritive (self calming) sucking behavior as a sign they need more. Babies are wired to survive and often suck 24/7 it does not always mean hunger. Think of the newborn. Never understood what feeding was about, yet takes to it immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Big child: Thorough assessment by pediatrician as well as a dietitian to explore causes & remedies. ...Read more
What type of food should I start feeding my 6 month old baby so that she does not become a picky eater?
Balance: Feed your baby a balance of foods beginning with various cereals and pureed foods. Allow her to experience a variety of tastes and textures. As she gets older various finger foods , are important to offer. Continue to feed many foods, even those she doesn't like as much. Even with the best of efforts many toddlers will become picky eaters ...Read more
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