Feeding a baby with low appetite for food can be a strenuous task to some parents, reason being that such baby will always refuse every food thrown at him/her due to the low appetite for food. Feeding time can be a trying process. So how does a parent improve the eating habit of her baby with low appetite for food? There are lots of tricks that can be applied to improve the eating habit of their little one.
- Keep the baby away from distractions
Get the baby to solely focus on the food set before him/her. If there are toys around the baby, pack them away. When a baby gets distracted during feeding, such baby tends to eat less due to the distractions. It is advisable to keep a baby with low appetite for food away from distractions. Anything that could draw the attention of the baby away from food should be dealt with.
- Excess Water
Few hours to the meal time, try to avoid giving the baby excess liquid. When you fill the baby’s tommy with much water, the baby may suffer appetite loss due to such act. When the baby is thirsty prior to the meal time, small amount of water that won’t cause appetite loss should be given to the baby.
- Is the baby really Hungry?
Babies are likely to eat less when they are not hungry. When feeding the baby, make sure he/she is really hungry before being fed. The baby may knock back the food when he/she is not feeling hungry. In other words, feed the baby when he/she is hungry.
- Solid foods
Babies generally tend to consume foods in liquid form. When solids foods are introduced to them, the baby may feel reluctant in consuming solid foods for days. Such baby needs some time to adjust to the changes being made in the type of food. In other words, there will definitely be loss of appetite for food but with time the baby will adjust.
Overheating can be another reason for the loss of appetite for food in your baby. If overheating is not controlled, it may leads to dehydration which can make the baby feel uneasy. It’s important the baby stays hydrated. If the baby is well-hydrated, there will be an improvement in the baby’s appetite. Consult your physician if your baby’s appetite does not improve.
When the baby is teething, she tends to have low appetite for food. As a result of this, she will hold back from eating food. In such situation, it is advisable to provide the baby with a safe object to chew on or perhaps rub the baby’s gum with a clean finger for 3 minute at a time. Oral pain relievers should be used to reduce the pain and improve the appetite of the baby towards food.