Eating Disorders

Eating DisordersThere are a number of disorders and difficulties that can occur in infants during or after feeding. Here, we will talk about more frequent and mild disorders. If your infant stubbornly refuses to take enough milk and does not gain weight as he/she should, contact your doctor or nurse.

Crying during or after feeding

Infants who are artificially fed (to the bottle) can cry because the food is not mixed to the correct density. If they are not fed enough, infants cry because they are suffering from malnutrition (another sign of malnutrition is a small, hard, dark green stool). If the infant’s food is too thick, he/she will get too much weight and too much salt, and will cry because he/she is thirsty. To avoid this, always prepare the food according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you think your child needs more food, increase the amount. Most infants will stop eating when they are full. Another reason for crying can be thirst, especially when it is hot. Try to give your child boiled water via bottle or a teaspoon. The child can cry just because he/she asks you to pay more attention to him/her.

Inactive food intake

In the first few weeks, some infants start to eat fast, but quickly falls asleep. If this is the case with your child, wake him up and try to encourage him to continue to eat. In a healthy infant this stage is short, but if your baby continues too eat too fast or eats too slow, contact your doctor.

Vomiting after feeding

Most babies throw up little milk, especially when they burp, and that is quite normal. Some infants – especially those who are very lively – often vomit, but this usually stops when they start eating solid food, and vomiting generally disappears before the ninth month. If your child continues to vomit, this may be a serious condition caused by disorders such as pyloric stenosis, so be sure to contact your doctor.