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lost interest in solids - another update pg 2

Postby j_libs » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:17 pm

DS just turned 8 months and for the past couple weeks, he's had very little interest in eating pureed food or cereal. He'll take a spoonful or two, then refuse to eat any more of it. We try 3 or 4 times a day.

He is drinking formula as usual, and appears healthy as ever. Still no teeth. The loss of interest in his baby food seems to have started around the same time he mastered crawling and started standing up. He will eat puffs and teething biscuits but there's not much nutrition there.

Should I be worried? He has a check up at 9 months - should I call the pedi before that? The last time we were at the doctor, she told us to give him 3 solid meals a day and about 24 oz of formula. He's on the skinny side being around 15th percentile for weight. Should I keep on trying to give him the puree or just move on to strictly finger foods? The baby food is getting expensive just to end up throwing it away. Thanks for any thoughts.
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Postby bethann » Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:16 pm

That sometimes happens when they start new milestones. But if he is eating the puffs and biscuits maybe he is ready for "real" food? We never really did baby food and went straight to Baby Led Weaning "food" at 6 months. Go to wholesomebabyfood.com and they have some good tips or google Baby Led Weaning or Baby led solids. He may be ready to start feeding himself. Things like string cheese, baked sweet potatoe cut into fries, baked apple cut into fries, steamed broccoli- things like that. But as far as nutrition- if he is taking his formula then he is getting all the nutrition he needs and is perfectly healthy!
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Postby Nikkijames » Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:22 pm

Honestly none of my kids would take purees after about 8 months. He probably wants to feed himself! You could try a mesh feeder if you are worried about choking, but by 8 months he really shouldn't have an issue with soft finger foods (even with no teeth, my kids tend not to get teeth till close to a year!)
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Postby ete29 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:04 pm

I dont want to scare you, but my DD stopped eating solids because of an abdominal mass. Unless his feeding has iimproved, consider a trip to the pedi to be safe.
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Postby BeccaM » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:55 am

If you've ruled out any serious issues, I would consider that maybe your little guy just is sick of "baby" food! Mine actually went on a strike and refused any purees or spoon feeding around 7 months. I started giving him finger foods and bites of what we were eating around then, and now he eats fine. He wanted solid foods, not purees. Now he just eats what we eat (minus a few allergic or difficult-to-chew type foods) and his solid food eating has taken off! He loves it now.(and it's cheaper and easier for me, too).
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Postby j_libs » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:01 pm

Just giving an update - he's still refusing baby food. I still have some sitting around and I'll occasionally try it. He might take a spoonful or two but that's it. Not worth buying the stuff anymore.

He's just getting a bit of whatever we're eating. He LOVES tomatoes, which is good because we have a garden full of them now. I'm glad he's moved on to feeding himself because spoon feeding was getting rather tedious for me!

I will definitely mention it to the pedi, though - he has a 9 month appt. next week. Thanks for everyone's input :)
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Postby victoria_1024 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:53 pm

We had pretty much stopped spoon-feeding with my DS by 8 months. I remember that he was 8 months old on thanksgiving and we gave him little bits of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries. :) He didn't have any teeth, but he did just fine with the pieces of meat.
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Postby j_libs » Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:54 am

Another Update:

So he had his 9 month checkup yesterday.

He's only 10th percentile for weight and the doctor said he really doesn't want to see him go below that. He said I really need to push solids and cut back the amount of formula I'm giving him (which is about 36 oz a day).

DS will eat finger foods, but not much is getting in there before he decides to start playing with it. He's still refusing to eat more than a spoonful or maybe 2 of a puree. The doctor suggested putting olive oil on his tomatoes and potatoes to make them more calorie rich. Any other suggestions like this to beef up the calories of finger foods? Or any ideas of finger foods I could buy or cook for him? He'll try nearly anything and doesn't seem to have any allergies.
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Postby meg1492 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:17 am

Honestly, I'm confused by your pedi.

The formula should have all the calories that your child needs up until one year and the solids should just be play and exploration. 10% isn't a bad place to be. Is his head still growing? How is his height?
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Postby Leighsah » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:37 am

meg1492 wrote:Honestly, I'm confused by your pedi.

The formula should have all the calories that your child needs up until one year and the solids should just be play and exploration. 10% isn't a bad place to be. Is his head still growing? How is his height?


Ditto......the formula is more important......and 10% isn't bad. My son hovered at 3-5th percentile for a long time during infancy.
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Postby j_libs » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:49 am

Height is around 15%, down from 75% at 6 mos. He grew half an inch in 3 months. Head circumference... I forget but it wasn't a concern.

The pedi told me he should be eating more solids, less formula. He said if there's no improvement by 12 months, he's going to refer us to a feeding specialist. :dunno:

He said it might be a "texture issue" which a lot of babies have and it's better to address it now, rather than later, when he's older and switched to cow's milk at 1 year. It's better to have a more varied diet by then.
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Postby meg1492 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Momma, you need a new pedi.

Your child is growing. Head and height have both gone up.

Your pedi is WRONG about formula and solids. Formula is all that is nutritionally required by your child for the entire first year. Sure, introduce new and different foods. But don't fret about it, just keep offering different and varied foods. Let your child's need for a varied diet inspire yours to be just as varied. Studies have shown it can take up to 12 times for a child to even try a new food.

Personally, rather than listening to some random woman on the internet (LOL), I would check out another pediatrician and ask what they think.
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Postby j_libs » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:53 pm

It's a very big, highly recommended practice with 10 different physicians. I try to see a different doctor every time so we get a varied opinion. The doctor we saw at 6 months said the same thing... Try to cut back to 24 oz of formula a day and to do at least 3 meals of solids. The other doctor we saw yesterday is a young guy so I'm sure he's aware of current practice.

In any case, I'm going to try to follow their advice, but of course I'm not going to deny DS formula if he wants it. Someone gave me a recipe for chicken & veggie meatballs so I'll try those. Def more calories than puffs and tomatoes. DH and I don't eat much meat - we eat a lot of spicy vegan style food so often what we eat isn't really suitable for a baby.

Thanks for reassuring me! I'm not really worried, more just annoyed if I have to take him to a "feeding specialist". DH and I are both pretty chubby so it's a relief DS is a skinny kid lol.
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Postby molly » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:18 am

I am having to bulk up my LO as she is below weight as well, but has milk allergy & food intolerances. But, we see a children's dietician linked to our pedi and she said to put Canola oil (1 teaspoon) in with her formula, to get her onto eating meat (chicken and then beef) asap as it will put weight on the fastest as well as adding a scoop of formula to any puree. Apparently Canola oil is supposed to be the best to add to foods. Good luck! I know how hard it is!
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Postby shermy » Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:14 pm

We were encouraged to bulk up our kiddo as well.

-I have found a lot of luck with smoothies and full fat/greek yogurt and berries (I use frozen just because that is what our budget dictates) also, we put honey in them to sweeten them (greek yogurt plain can be a bit rough - Wes is 13 months). Wes will drink way more smoothie than he will drink milk, and I can pack a lot of nutrition into a single smoothie

-Meats (We don't eat a ton either, but Wes LOVES it. His favorite is shredded beef from the crock pot, I just put in a roast, some broth, some wine, some veggies salt+pepper and away it goes and then we have it there for him), spaghetti with meat sauce,

Here is a little thing about spinach in smoothies:
http://surefoodsliving.com/2009/03/spin ... will-love/

-Mac & Cheese Honestly, I just go for it. Full fat milk, cheese, butter, it is all fair game,

-Mashed potatoes with butter and cream

-Wes ends up eating a fair amount of dairy cheese/yogurt because he loves it.

- AVOCADO!!!!!

-Plain pasta tossed with butter/olive oil

-peas, corn, potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes are all higher calorie vegetables

-Hummus

- Really, my biggest piece of advice is it give them what they want and to to just go with it. If Wes is eating shredded beef like a wild beast, then he can have it for three meals in a row, I don't care.

-Also, I used to sneak in as much puree in as I could while he was occupied with feeding himself.

-Qunoia mixed in with oatmeal, with cream.

-Lastly, I always put out a large spread of food (a little at a time) so he has tons of choices. So he can go ahead and pig out on what he wants (well, withing the frame of the foods I give him to choose from). So for example, at meal time I will put out meat, avocado, tomatoes, corn, butternut squash and some qunoia. I just keep bigger portions in the fridge and dole out what I need when I need it.
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