My Baby Won't Eat Anymore
My 10 month old was doing fine and now all of a suddenly she doesn't want to eat. She'll cry while we feed her. Why?
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What To Do When 10 Month Old Refuses To Eat
Most children go through episodes when they eat less or even refuse to eat much at all. It can be tricky to figure out why! It can be a tooth, illness coming, that she has decided that she wants to feed herself, or that she recently was ill. Some babies simply can't stand sitting still to eat when they just learned to crawl or walk.
Either way, take it easy and give her foods she seems to like. Most times when babies do this, they compensate a few weeks later with a huge appetite.
Try to understand her signals - will she try some food if it is from your plate? If she gets to hold the spoon? If you give her finger foods to play with?
Whatever you do, don't make it a power struggle
; that will only make things worse.
Also check for signs of illness, such as a sore throat, ears or tummy pain or teething.
Also remember that while eating is of course important, drinking is even more so! Babies get dehydrated quickly, which is very dangerous for them. So offer milk often, or even water.
Hope this helps!
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