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Common Fussy Eating Issues in Infants

Common Fussy Eating Issues in Infants

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One of the joys of motherhood is to learn to understand your baby’s various moods. This creates a unique bond between you and your child. It also helps you predict your baby’s various needs before they are able to express themselves.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

It is an indescribable feeling to be able to gauge the different emotions and gestures of your infant. However, sometimes, it does become difficult to interpret what your baby needs. On such occasions, you are left desperate looking for the cause of your baby’s reactions.

For example, you have made a delicious preparation that you know your baby enjoys. The moment you start feeding your baby, he turns his head away and refuses to eat. You taste the food yourself to check if there’s something wrong with it, but there isn’t. You try feeding again and after several attempts, you realize that your baby just won’t taste the food. This is one of the classic signs of fussy eating.

Fussy eating is a common problem with infants, toddlers as well as children. Before knowing how to treat fussy eating, you need to know how to detect signs of it. Here’s a list of things to look out for as your baby begins complementary feeding:

1. Avoiding new foods

Some babies are hesitant to try new foods. Unfamiliar smells, tastes, appearances or textures may not go down well with your child.

2. Messy eating

Infants often pick at food kept in a bowl, cup or a plate. They may try to nudge things around and eventually drop things off the table. You may also find them playing with their food, or with the contents of their food bowl spilt all over themselves.

3. Spitting or vomiting

It is not unusual for babies to spit out or vomit foods that they don’t like. This is a common form of fussy eating. However, vomiting may also occur due to reflux, which is when food from the stomach goes backs up into the food pipe.

4. Refusing to eat

If your infant refuses to eat after a couple of spoons, turns his head away and refuses to open his mouth, chances are that he doesn’t like the food.

5. Eating very little or very slowly:

You may have noticed that your baby eats very small amounts of food or takes a long time to finish eating. He or she is easily distracted and often seems disinterested in eating. This is also classified as fussy eating.

When nourishment is a priority, there is no room for fussy eating. Every time your child refuses to eat, he or she loses out on nutrients necessary for growth and development. One of the ways to tackle this issue is to implement certain changes to your child’s feeding regimen. You can choose to resolve the problem by either training your child or bringing about a change in his or her eating habits, or by looking for delicious-yet-nutritious recipes that your child enjoys.

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