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Not eating!?!?!
Sep 3, 2007
OK, so this sounds odd but it's true and I'm dumbfounded as to what could be going on!:confused: Sorry if this is a long post...First, I want to say that my daughter is a very healthly eater and has gradually been put on a consistent schedule of 6 oz. every 4 hours and she sleeps through the night 7-8 hours no problem.

So, I started her on rice about 2 weeks ago (per the doctor's advice to start cereals). She is 4 1/2 months old. She ate it with limited issues (being that it was the first time for any food)!:D Then, I started the barley. Within hours, and all the next day before and after the 2nd feeding of the barley she was extrememly moody, very cranky, seemingly overtired and slept more than usual. The next day, I thought that maybe she had an aversion or some kind of allergy to the barley (even though there was no rash or skin discoloration). Just to see if the extreme crankiness would subside w/o the barley, I stopped giving it to her. And ever since that day, (this was last Wednesday), she has been less cranky but it seems that all of a sudden, she doesn't want her bottles. She has started eating less and less and getting really fussy ONLY when I was feeding her and then afterward from gas. It started out with 4 oz. for most of her bottles, then on Friday, my MIL decided to give her oatmeal for the first time to see if she'd take it and she did but she only took 3 oz. from her bottle at 3 of her feedings!!

She turns and shakes her head, purses her lips, and pushes the bottle away!! :o NO matter what I do, she doesn't seem to want to eat. She did better through this weekend (I continued giving her oatmeal once a day) but still not so great...only taking 4 or 5 oz. But this morning, I am most alarmed by this behavior!! After 6 1/2 hours of sleep, she woke up and only ate 1 1/2 oz. and clearly did not want anymore, then proceeded to play happily for the next 2 hours and is now down for a nap!!!

I'm thinking she MUST be pretty sick, but she is not feverish or cranky or any symptoms like that. She has been pretty gasy though and in discomfort after the maybe it's a sudden allergy to the formula??? She's been on the same one for at least 2 months now (I breastfed in the beginning) w/o problems. Or, is this just an adjustment to the new addition to cereal? I've thought of calling my doctor but thought it may just be a phase and now, of course, it's a holiday and I'm most worried!! What do you think is going on here???:confused:

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