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Weaning problems

Babies should start to make the transition from milk to solid foods at around six months old. That’s the point at which they need more nutrition than milk alone can supply, and by the time they are one they should be able to take solid foods happily. Every child does it at their own speed and in their own way, but what if they just can’t seem to take solid food, or after a period of eating normally start rejecting it?

First up, it’s important that your baby is ready for solids before you start weaning. Do it too early and their digestive systems won’t be able to handle the new diet. In order to be ready for solids, they need to be able to sit up, swallow properly, and be interested in grown-up food.

Weaning can be a slow process as they develop all the physical co-ordination necessary to keep food in the mouth and then swallow it, but try them with mashed-up or pureed veg, praise them when they manage to eat it, and if at first they won’t accept solids, keep trying until they do. At the start of the weaning process, just a few days can make all the difference. Kids naturally like to copy their parents, so taking a mouthful yourself can encourage them. Don’t worry too much if they keep wanting to eat the same things, so long as they are getting their five a day.

Teething pains can also prevent children from eating solid foods. They can also find the spoon itself off-putting, so try a little dollop of food on your finger. Between the ages of six and twelve months old, kids’ tastes can change a lot so they may no longer want things they used to like. A bit of trial and error may be necessary in finding the right food, and the right approach to get them going with solids, and you can keep supplementing them with milk throughout their first year.

Gradually, at between six and twelve months, they should naturally get into the habit of eating solids three times a day, but discuss persistent, long-term refusal with your doctor or nurse so they can rule out any more serious problem.

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My baby is 3 months old, and slept through the night from 8 weeks old. For the last few days, she has been restless and waking up in the night because she is hungry. No matter how much milk she has, it doesn't seem enough for her. She is on Cow & Gate stage 1 formula. When my first daughter did this, I weaned her, but she was 4 months old, and this baby has only just turned 3 months old. Should I wean her, or try the second stage formula for hungrier babies?





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my 3 years old son don't want to eat anything just puree soup that i make him eat and fruit the rest he just don't want to try , even at play school he will not eat the snack with the other children. i really would like some help. thanks





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My baby is ten months old and barely eats. He's still exclusively breastfed as we've never been able to get him to use a bottle and takes only small amounts of water from a free-flow spouted cup. A typical days food will be a tiny baby spoon of porridge, a couple of 'carrot' stick crisps and a lump of cheese. He generally cries as we approach him with food, doesn't matter if he eats with us/on his own/with baby friends - he just doesn't like food. As a result he is hungry at night and I'm up feeding him at least twice a night. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated!!!





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my 2 year old son wont eat solid food he only eats stuff like crisps cakes chips i tried him on new things like pasta and that for a couple of days but all he done was play with it and spit it out is there any thing that i am doing wrong or can you give me some advice pleac





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My baby is 9 months old and took to his smooth food reasonably ok but i wouldnt say he was to happy about it but would eat it, it got to 7 months where i thought id try him on the textured next stage food for 7 months pluss he wants it but it get to the back of his tounge he gags and is violantly sick i am begining to get very distressed by this as its scary thinking my son is chooking please could someone advise me in what steps i could take with this i am very desperate





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