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Unusual eating behavior —6mo

My 6mo daughter, who up until this point has been wonderfully enthusiastic about consuming/starting solids, all puréed food so far, has suddenly stopped showing interest. She spits most out, even her favorites, bangs her hands on her tray and sticks her fingers in her mouth, etc. Additionally, her bottle feeds (she’s exclusively formula fed) have become borderline violent— she bows her whole body, hits the bottle with her hands repeatedly...it’s a battle! This has been going on for a little more than a week now and is starting to get really frustrating. Has anyone experienced anything like this? It’s quite a dramatic change. I’ve experienced dealing with no appetite due to having a bad cold, this is not it.

  • Kim
    Oct 27, 2018

    Yes, my son stopped wanting to eat solids and drinking formula for almost two weeks but he was sick at this time (ear infection and oral thrush). I resorted to feeding him while he was sleeping or napping just to make sure he was hydrated. As far as solids, he’s still uninterested when it’s time for him to eat but he seems to want to eat when he sees other people eating. I got the go ahead from our pedi to start giving him water, so when feeding solids I would spoon him water and then spoon him solids and alternate until he was done. She may also be teething. My son had two bottom teeth come in around 3 months and then he’s sprouting two more right now (almost 7 months). So she may not like eating right now because her gums are hurting.

  • Jenn
    Oct 27, 2018

    Probably teething. Makes babies not want to eat because it can be painful. Maybe try a little Tylenol for the pain and then see if she will eat more. If it continues for much longer, I'd say go to her dr to make sure it isn't something else.

  • Jess
    Oct 27, 2018

    Omg yes. My son stopped wanting to eat solids after about 2 months in. Stressed me out! Turns out he was teething, and I guess it didn’t feel very good on his gums. Only wanted a bottle. But he also wanted to use his hands and feed himself after his first two teeth came through. He still has days where he isn’t interested. I try to mix it up and give him mashed sweet potato or grated apple or something he can pick up and eat/play with to get him interested again. Good luck!

  • Paige
    Oct 27, 2018

    My son went through that for a few weeks. I blame teething. I would take a break from feeding and rub something on his gums to help the pain for a few seconds and it started helping. It would soothe his pain enough to eat his food or bottle. Then after eating I’d give him a teething toy to play with and chew on.

  • Paige
    Oct 27, 2018

    I’ve also started giving him banana rice husks and he can chew on them and they dissolve in his mouth after a few seconds. It helps with teething and it’s also a snack. Win win!

  • Julie
    Oct 27, 2018

    Teething or maybe an ear infection!!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 27, 2018

    Yeah I agree with teething! My son gets so weird about eating when teething.... I’ve noticed it’s a few good weeks then a bad week then good weeks then bad. Just up and down. Keep offering 🤷🏽‍♀️ maybe she’s not hungry? Have you tried waiting for her to “ask” to eat vs giving her a bottle?