My nine month son does not have appetite in eating foods and drinking milk, what do we need to do in order for him to eat and drink more?
I have a nine month son but we experience hard time of feeding him. He does not eat and drink well, we try to give vitamins but does not work for him. He usually stock the food or milk in his mouth and does not swallow it, and most of the time he vomit it out.
Start by discussing this with your pediatrician who can examine your son and measure his growth. At nine months most children are fed with a spoon pured or some thicker foods. Occasionally a nine month old child can handle small finger foods such as Cheerios. Let him smell, touch, and taste his food and be sure you expect only small amounts for his age especially if he is drinking more than 18 onces of formula a day.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
If your child has a difficult time swallowing food, you should see his primary care provider for an evaluation as soon as possible. Taking vitamins is not a substitute for a healthy diet. Your son's tonsils and/or adenoids may be enlarged, or he may have acid reflux that causes vomiting and heartburn thus making him not want to eat.
Make an appoitment with your child's healthcare provider as soon as possible.