Q. My baby girl loved her solid food at first. Now she’s not really interested. Any idea what’s going on?
A. Varying eating habits, although common, can be scary for parents. Try reducing stimulation in her environment during feeds. Turn off electronics, limit distractions from siblings, and focus your attention on feeding. As her parent, your job is to offer healthy foods. You can’t force her to eat, and that is ok! Remaining calm creates a peaceful environment for your baby. If you are offering formula before feeding, try offering solids first. Eliminate juice, which is high in sugar and can affect baby’s appetite. If you are concerned that your baby is fussy, has fever, or is otherwise not well, make an appointment with your pediatrician. They can make sure she is growing well and determine if further evaluation is needed.
Dr. Lisa Shumate \ md Pediatric Associates www.mdpedi.com