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Suggest remedy for weakness and lack of appetite in a baby

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Posted on Sat, 16 May 2015
Question: XXXXXXX is around 5months old. Dob: 20-Nov-2014. He is not taking feed properly for last 15-20days keeps on playing everytime. Which results to his weakness. Can you please suggest what we can give him so that his health keeps on maintain and he takes easily.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
if playing no cause for concern. start weaning foods

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
You mentioned that your baby is playing well. That is a good sign of adequate nutrition. Babies growth is not the same everyday. It happens in spurts every few days. This results in increased intake for a few days and then less intake for few days when demand is less.
What was the birth weight and current weight?
How many times does he pass urine every day?
Few tips
1. Continue breastfeeding.
2. You can start weaning foods like rice gruel or kheer or boiled apple and boiled vegetables or cerelac, etc. Initially for one month give only once or twice a day. Rest should be breastfeeding and formula.
3. Don't force feed every time. The moment he refuses to feed wait and try again after an hour or so.
4. Feed in calm and dark place to avoid distractions.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Wishing your baby good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Pradeep Vitta
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (12 minutes later)
What was the birth weight and current weight? 3.2kg
How many times does he pass urine every day? 5.5kg
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Answered by Dr. Arun (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
start weaning

Detailed Answer:
The current weight is little less than expected.
Start weaning foods as advised.
I do hope she gains weight if started on weaning foods.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Brief Answer: if playing no cause for concern. start weaning foods Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. You mentioned that your baby is playing well. That is a good sign of adequate nutrition. Babies growth is not the same everyday. It happens in spurts every few days. This results in increased intake for a few days and then less intake for few days when demand is less. What was the birth weight and current weight? How many times does he pass urine every day? Few tips 1. Continue breastfeeding. 2. You can start weaning foods like rice gruel or kheer or boiled apple and boiled vegetables or cerelac, etc. Initially for one month give only once or twice a day. Rest should be breastfeeding and formula. 3. Don't force feed every time. The moment he refuses to feed wait and try again after an hour or so. 4. Feed in calm and dark place to avoid distractions. Let me know if you need further assistance. Wishing your baby good health. Regards Dr Arun