Help...she is not eating!

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Registered: 09-23-2005
Help...she is not eating!
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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 9:36am

Ok well she is eating, but not normal at all!

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Registered: 08-12-2004
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 10:40am

Mindy:

It's probably normal. Both my kids go through spells where they don't eat as much as is "normal" for them. And then after a day or two, they gobble up everything in site. Not different from us, really. LOL! And it very well could be teething. I know that with Kate, we notice an appreciable decline in her eating right when she's peaking with a new tooth. Give it a day or too, try to get liquids in her for hydration and watch the diapers. My ped always says as long as they are making wet diapers 6-8 times per day, they are doing fine. If, after a few days, you don't see improvement, then it might be time to give the ped's office a call to talk to one of the nurses. But I'm sure it won't come to that!

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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 1:59pm
My first question would be Does she has any other symptoms of an illness? Like is she more cranky or has a runny nose? Then it may be an infection of some sort. When I had a really hard time getting Sara to eat/drink while she was sick my Mom reminded me that it hurts the ears to chew and/or suck. Now if she is acting like her normal self and doesn't seem "sick" then I would chalk it off to one of those normal slow downs in growth. It won't last long - trust me - it never does!! If you have a hard time keeping her hydrated and you know the only time she will drink is from her bottle then maybe et some non-flavored pedylite and mix it 50 50 with the water to make her formula. My ped suggested this when Sara had a stomach bug - it got the fluid in her but super charged what little I could get her to take. Don't worry about nutrition as much as hydration and if it lasts more then a few days I would call the ped. Can't hurt.
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Registered: 01-12-2004
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 2:10pm

Unless she has other symptoms like runny nose or fever or doesn't seem like herself, it is probably just a lull in the eating department. If that's the case, trust me, you will go through it many times to come. Emma was eating 4-6 oz every time, suddenly she was only eating about 2 and didn't want any solids, well, she was teething! Now she is back to eating again. Same with Sofia, she is getting her 3 year molars and hasn't been eating much lately either. Good thing about kids, unless they are sick, they will eat as much as is needed, and they will eat more or less during different periods. As long as she is getting at least a tbsp of fluids for every hour she should be fine.
If you are really worried call your Ped. Like one of my friend's mom says, why worry alone when you don't have to.