I have a 4-month-old baby, who suddenlty stopped eating. She was a very good eater, she use to drink 3-4oz every 2-3 hours, but out of no where she has lost her interest in drinking her milk. I am very worried about her at the moment, it has been 1 week that she has started to have no interest in drinking.
She plays and she still a happy baby.
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Reasons Why A 4-Month-Old Baby May Lose Appetite
It is easy to relate to your worrying – how much the baby eats is probably one of the most common reasons for parents worrying for their babies, me included.
I don’t know how many times I’ve rushed off to the doctor with my babies – only to find out that they are gaining weight as they should, or that the next day they are teething or a cold has started.
There are many reasons why a baby loses his or her appetite:
- At four months old one reason is actually that they start growing less rapidly and hence might be less hungry than earlier.
- Another reason at this age may be teething.
- Also, the minute you start introducing solid foods, some babies become less interested in their milk.
- In addition, babies that have recently been ill or are about to become ill often have less appetite.
- And then finally the appetite simply varies – just like for adults!
It is a very good sign that your baby is happy and playing. Is she also wetting her diapers as usual? If she is, then all these are very good signs that she actually gets the milk she needs. If she isn’t wetting her diaper or she is showing any other signs of dehydration, then the situation is different and more alarming. In such case, you need to take her to the doctor immediately.
If she doesn’t seem ill at all, I’d probably wait a few more days to see if a tooth or illness may be the reason for her lost appetite. Then pay a visit to her health nurse to weigh her and see if she is losing weight. There you can also discuss if you should start introducing solid foods to her or any other actions needed if her lost interest in milk prevails.
I hope this helps! Unless your daughter shows signs of illness or is losing weight, just relax and enjoy her and trust that she knows when she is hungry. Here is another thread regarding 4 month old babies that won’t eat.
Hope this helps,
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