There are 130 million babies born each year.
With each baby comes a worried parent, or two, who are very nervous if their baby refuses to eat. After all, many parents are closely monitoring growth charts to ensure their child is caught up to their peers.
While we understand this can be frightening and worrisome when your baby won't eat, so let's take a look at some of the top reasons your little one is refusing their food. We'll also offer up some tips for feeding your baby.
Change up Their Food
Babies are tiny humans. While they can't talk, that doesn't mean that they don't have food preferences, or that they don't get bored with the same old, same old.
If you find your baby not eating, try switching up what's on the menu. They may have just become bored with what they're being served and want to move on to something more appetizing.
Add More Fiber to Their Diet or Give Them Prune Juice
While babies are tiny humans, they eat when we feed them. Because they can't necessarily eat out of boredom or "eat their feelings," they aren't like their adult counterparts who may be able to continue to eat despite being constipated.
If your child is constipated, they may very well refuse what you're giving them. Try giving them prune juice or adding more fiber to their diet. But make sure you're using age-appropriate constipation solutions.
If they don't work, consult your child's pediatrician, as they may have more insight into your child's constipation.
They May Be Temporarily Sick
If your baby has a cold, cough, or ear infection, they'll be less inclined to eat their food. After your child has been diagnosed with one of these, don't overanalyze your baby's eating habits too much. In the event that it continues after your child has recovered, then it is time to seek the advice of a professional.
Teething doesn't feel good. Cutting teeth is dreadfully painful, and often, babies become moody during this time. Food temperature may affect them, or they may simply not want to eat because food doesn't feel great on their teething gums.
If this is the case for your baby, don't force them to eat the same foods. You may wish to switch up to something softer or cooler on their teeth, which may prompt them to want to eat again.
You may need to seek advice from a pediatrician
Parents often jump to this conclusion first, and it's easy to understand why. It's human nature to jump to the worst-case scenarios.
Not eating may be a sign of something more sinister, but it also may be a sign of something much more common. Some serious conditions can be treated and then your child will resume their normal eating habits, whilst others are lifelong conditions.
It is important that you don't let your imagination run away with you, and to seek advice from your pediatrician.
What to Do When Your Baby Refuses to Eat
If your baby refuses to eat, it is important that you take everything into consideration before jumping to a conclusion. It is also imperative that you seek professional advice before attempting to diagnose or treat your child.
Most often, if your baby refuses to eat, it is an easily fixable issue and may include switching up what to feed your baby.
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