Common Causes of Loss of Appetite in Babies

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Nothing pleases a parent that holding their babies for the first time. Nothing scares a parent more than a dwindling appetite for their baby. Every mother will bend over backward to ensure that their babies get the very best of everything, including nutrition as they grow up to be well-rounded individuals.

This is why most parents will forgo their sleep and even miss meal just to ensure the baby is well fed. If you notice is a drastic change in your baby’s eating chances are they are suffering from a poor appetite, which could easily open floodgates to health concerns. There are numerous reasons why your baby could be experiencing this problem. Discussed below are some of the reasons behind loss of appetite in babies.

1. Teething
Babies grow at an astonishingly high rate. Before you know it, there are already teeth in their mouth. Teething is an important milestone in a baby’s life. However, teething is known to cause loss of appetite due to the discomfort associated with this development stage. Teething starts between the 4th and 7th months. Giving your baby something to chew on, such as a teething toy will give them some relief. At this stage, you should consider feeding your little one cold food such as mashed fruits and yogurt. Breastfeeding is likely to further worsen the pain so feeding them with a cup might be the best option.

2. Taking too much fluid
Another common reason why your baby could be experiencing a loss of appetite could be due to consuming too many fluids. The milk your little one consumes is sufficient to meet his hydration needs for the first 6 months. Too much water will interfere with their ability to absorb nutrient present in the breast milk. Over consumption of fluids will leave your baby feeling full and with a lower appetite.

3. Infections
Certain viral and bacterial infections are known to disturb baby’s appetite. Some of these conditions including bronchitis, flu, and ear infections result in serious discomfort affecting your baby’s appetite and sleep. If your baby is experiencing any of these conditions, it is paramount that you seek urgent medical assistance and to have your little one vaccinated against most of these infections. Pacifiers have been known to increase the risk of infections by 33 percent.

4. Hot weather
Hot weather can seriously affect our babies. Overheating has been known to make babies cranky, develop skin rashes and ultimately affecting their appetite. In extreme cases, it can even result in dehydration. Caution should be exercised to ensure that your baby is adequately hydrated and kept in a cool room.

5. Food intolerance
Intolerance to foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs, and soy could leave your baby experiencing different symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, itching, vomiting, and loss of appetite. You should be cautious of the foods that react with your body and avoid them. If your baby is allergic to milk protein, use hypoallergenic formula to curb the symptoms of the reaction.

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