Question by  GaGal (13)

What should I do about a 4 month old's loss of appetite who is eating 19 ounces a day?


Answer by  maggiec1179aolcom (754)

I would suggest calling your childs doctor. They may want to check to make sure that there are no issues. My personal suggestion is try a new formula - the current formula may cause gassiness and discomfort. In addition I would try to feed more frequently with smaller amounts in each feeding.


Answer by  hmmm (290)

My daughter was never a big eater either. The doctor told me not to worry as long as she wasn't losing a lot of weight. They will eat when they get hungry just offer them food(a bottle) reguarly and let them eat what they eat. It is not uncommon for them to go through phases of not wanting to eat.


Answer by  beelala (102)

I would strongly recommend that you take the child to see a doctor to rule out any possibilities of food allergies or disease that may be negatively affecting the childs appetite. At the age of four months, the child should have already developed a regular eating pattern. You could also try changing formula.


Answer by  Anonymous

19 ounce a day is ok. the loss of appetite could be a temporary phenomenon as she may be teething. pl check and an appropriate bottle and a cold wet cloth could be used if she is teething. if you see there is a substantial wt loss contact doctor immediately.


Answer by  brandi10 (816)

Wait a day to see if the infant's appetite changes. It could be just a phase. If it does not return, contact your pediatritian.


Answer by  Brett (7986)

If it is only for a day or two, this might be okay. However, if this is a continuing trend, I would make sure you take the four month old to your family doctor.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

If your infant has a loss of appetite you really need to get her to her pediatrician or an after hours clinic to determine the problem.


Answer by  NSL (81)

I would suggest that you have your baby examined by his doctor. It could be something like thrush or simply that maybe your baby is sick. Sometimes some formula's upset babies stomaches. It is always good to make sure that there are no real medical issues at hand with the infant.


Answer by  MelindaS (1694)

The best thing to do is keep trying to feed the baby, but if your baby continues to refuse food, call the pediatrician.

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