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Food advice for 6 month old baby other than milk - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you
User :   my baby is 6 1/2 months old
Doctor :  
please proceed with your query
Doctor :  
ok
User :   she is not taking bottle
User :   i mean not sucking the tits
Doctor :  
ok
User :   we have not feed her today from morning
User :   we are tryinhg to feed her from bpttle only
User :   its 3.00 pm now
Doctor :   ok

User :   will this work or not
Doctor :  
i will help u in this
Doctor :  
can i ask few q
User :   we were feeding her with spoon
User :   yes
Doctor :   she is still breast fed
User :   yes mostly at night
Doctor :   ok
User :   but breast milk is lesser now
Doctor :  
how is the breast feeding , is she take it well
User :   sometimes well sometimes no
Doctor :  
ok
User :   she is crying now just trying with bottle
Doctor :  
is the baby active
User :   yes
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :   which company nipples are yu using
User :   pur
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
not to worry
Doctor :  
initially most of the baby will reject it
Doctor :  
as they get used to it
Doctor :  
they enjoy the feed and use it properly
User :   today we have not feed her
User :   she is hungry from morning
User :   but till now she is not sucking bottle nipples
Doctor :  
use the same nipples after soaking in a hot water
Doctor :  
it will become little soft
Doctor :  
so the baby can easily take it
User :   we are using the soft nipples
Doctor :  
its ok
Doctor :  
mild soakage with hot water is good
User :   we have done that
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
use spoon feeding for some days
User :   shall we continue trying or else what shall we do now
Doctor :  
need to continue the nipple feed at least once a day
Doctor :   so that the baby gets used to it
User :   ok
Doctor :  
with out milk also u can use the plain nipples
Doctor :   use this atleast once a day
User :   we have tryed everything
Doctor :  
when baby is not hungry
User :   does not work
Doctor :  
its baby will take time to accept new things
User :   she does not take it or suck it
Doctor :  
yu are taking it away from mother feed will take time for the baby to adjust
User :   shall we stop trying bolltle now
Doctor :  
how is the spoon feedign
Doctor :  
no not to stop it use atleast once a day when baby is not hungry
User :   she akes it but lots of spill out
User :   good
Doctor :   so will get used to it
Doctor :  
not a issue
Doctor :  
main purpose is good amount of milk need to enter the baby
Doctor :  
its very good to continue the breast feeding
User :   spooning feeding her clothes become wet
Doctor :  
its very important
Doctor :  
yes i understand
User :   what we do now
Doctor :   other than milk are yu giving other food items now
User :   she is hungry from moring
User :   yes
Doctor :  
yu can feed the baby with banana
Doctor :   nicely cooked and mashed rice with little ghee
Doctor :  
is very good
User :   yes giving it with farex
Doctor :  
can also use well cooked and mashed dal
User :   yes we giving her dal
Doctor :  
1. to continue breast feeding at least once or twice a day
User :   ok
Doctor :  
2. do spoon feeding for 2 times day for few days
Doctor :  
3. nipples she will refuse due to the taste
Doctor :  
but its good to use it atleast once a day
Doctor :   in later day the baby will accept it
User :   ok
Doctor :  
4. farex is healthy diet continue to use 2-3 times a day
User :   she will take nipples or not
Doctor :  
5. dal with well mashed and cooked rice is also a ideal diet for her
Doctor :  
she will take nipples but later
Doctor :  
you cant force the baby right
User :   yes
Doctor :  
we need to take care the about the likes and dislikes of baby
Doctor :  
its very difficulty to spoon feed
User :   yes
Doctor :   as spillage and soaking of dress is the issue
Doctor :  
but please do it for few days
User :   ok
User :   we get tried becaz it takes long time
Doctor :  
then once she is used to it she will not refuse it
Doctor :  
its already more than 6 months
Doctor :  
now its ideal for her to reduce the milk
Doctor :  
and start on other foods
User :   we are spoon feeding for al most 4 months now
User :   yes we giving her other foods oo
Doctor :   so her diet is rich in carbohydrates, protiens and vitamins'
Doctor :   thats the reason she has adapted to that
User :   she is noting picking weight as expected
Doctor :   give more of non milk substitute
User :   she is 5.3 kg noe
Doctor :   how are giving farex
Doctor :  
with milk or water
User :   her weight should have been 7.4 kg
User :   water
Doctor :   yes ideal for her is 7.2- 7.5 kgs
Doctor :   give farex with milk
User :   she is under weight and we are worried for her
Doctor :  
thats better than plain water
Doctor :  
add ghee to the food
User :   ok
Doctor :  
it will help her to gain weight
User :   when she have farex we give spoon feed of milk also
User :   ok
Doctor :  
give mashed banana daily once
Doctor :   mix farex with milk and then give
Doctor :  
give more protein rich foods like dal
Doctor :  
can also start boiled and mashed egg for her
Doctor :  
this will also improve her weight
User :   ok
User :   most of the things we are doing
User :   she is very fussy in eating
Doctor :   soak biscuits in milk and then give it

Doctor :  
most of babies are like that
Doctor :   wat was her birth wt
User :   3.1 kg
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :   its doubled now
User :   no
User :   she is 5.3kg
Doctor :  
but a weight of 7 kgs would be ideal to her
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :   does she has frequent loose stools or any cold effects
User :   no
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
food is the ideal treatment for her to gain weight
User :   we checked her with a private doctor
Doctor :  
is she on any medications
User :   no
Doctor :   is she on any medications
Doctor :   a multivitamin will help her
Doctor :  
to improve the hunger
Doctor :  
and wt gain
User :   ok
User :   we try to give her more food
Doctor :  
and she also needs calcium syrup
Doctor :   for stronger bones
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
continue to do that
Doctor :  
she is under wt
Doctor :  
but she is healthy
Doctor :  
not to worry
User :   yes
Doctor :  
only because of improper food intake its like this
Doctor :  
start on multivitamin and calcium syrup
Doctor :  
her hungerness will improve
User :   ok
Doctor :  
is that fine
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else i can help with
User :   thats all
Doctor :  
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