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Posted on Tue, 1 Aug 2017 in Child Health
Question: My daughter(Age 15 months), she is avoiding any king of food including milk. whenever we try to feed her forcefully she vomits. Sometimes she even see the food and starts vomiting.
Can you please assist how should we take this.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Please do not force feed the baby

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Incidentally your problem is not unique. Children can often be fussy eaters. Unless you leave enough gap between meals and let them become hungry, force feeding will only make things worse and the child will throw up in case her stomach is still not empty. My suggestions for you would be:
* Do not force feed the baby. This will increase the child's apathy towards food. Rather wait for the child to get hungry. At times you may have to wait several hours. Be patient. The urge should be her and not yours.
* Try to avoid any minor feeds between meals. They take the appetite away.
* Restrict the number of times she receives breast feed (if at all). Limit breast milk intake to not more than thrice daily.
* Treat the child as a member of family and make him dine together with others. Even if the child is not eating, make her sit with others while they take their meal.
* Please be informed that there are NO syrups, medicines or tonics that can help in changing the situation. I would insist you not to go for any one of them.
* The way out might not be easy. But remember that you need to reduce your botheration. With careful improvisations I am sure that the situation would improve.
* An ultrasound of whole abdomen can be done to rule out any possible problem.

Feel free to write back.

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