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What causes lack of appetite and reduced intake of fluids in infant?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: Hi,
This s XXXXXXX mother of a 10 month old female baby.. For the past month she s not taking her 3 times meal per day properly, no intake of liquid juices and other fluids too. We have planned a diet of 2 times light food comprising of carbohydrate such as dosa, rice cake etc..and 1 time dal kichadi especially in the noon..and also we changed the diet since she doesn't take it like porridge.Am also giving her mothers milk in between..We need to know nourishing food chart and also what can I feed her
for proper appetite..she s now weighing around 9.6 kg which the paediatric advised she sh should increase .
regards, XXXXXXX .
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The weight is appropriate for this age

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for the query

As per the XXXXXXX academy of pediatrics the weight of 9.6 kg at the age of 10 month is around 75th centile(more than 50th is normal).Hereby I am providing the link and you can follow the growth chart http://medind.nic.in/ibv/t07/i3/ibvt07i3p187.pdf.

Coming to the nutrition of the baby,the baby of weight around 10 kgs needs 1000 kcal/day.As your baby is gaining weight appropriately I think the diet you are providing is adequate.Here I am giving you the diet chart through which the required calories can be met adequately.
Feed the baby as the child wants.
Try variety of foods as by this age increasing the variety the appetite/palatability improves.Add ghee generously if tolerated to increase the calorie value of diet.In compare to protein and carbohydrate calorie value of fat is thrice.
Give at least one katori serving at a time of- mashed roti/bread/biscuit mixed in sweetened undiluted milk or mashed roti/rice/bread/dosa mixed with thick dal with added ghee/oil or khichadi with added ghee.Add cooked vegetables in the servings.You can also give dalia/suji ka halwa/kheer prepared in milk or any cereal porridge cooked in milk.You can give mashed boiled potato also.
Give banana,papaya,cheeko XXXXXXX to meet the vitamin's requirement.
Give these servings 3 times per day. Feed the baby in your lap with your hands.Don't force.If needed give small amount and increase the frequency of feeds.
I hope this would help.
I shall be glad to answer if you have any more doubts.
Regards


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What causes lack of appetite and reduced intake of fluids in infant?

Brief Answer: The weight is appropriate for this age Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query As per the XXXXXXX academy of pediatrics the weight of 9.6 kg at the age of 10 month is around 75th centile(more than 50th is normal).Hereby I am providing the link and you can follow the growth chart http://medind.nic.in/ibv/t07/i3/ibvt07i3p187.pdf. Coming to the nutrition of the baby,the baby of weight around 10 kgs needs 1000 kcal/day.As your baby is gaining weight appropriately I think the diet you are providing is adequate.Here I am giving you the diet chart through which the required calories can be met adequately. Feed the baby as the child wants. Try variety of foods as by this age increasing the variety the appetite/palatability improves.Add ghee generously if tolerated to increase the calorie value of diet.In compare to protein and carbohydrate calorie value of fat is thrice. Give at least one katori serving at a time of- mashed roti/bread/biscuit mixed in sweetened undiluted milk or mashed roti/rice/bread/dosa mixed with thick dal with added ghee/oil or khichadi with added ghee.Add cooked vegetables in the servings.You can also give dalia/suji ka halwa/kheer prepared in milk or any cereal porridge cooked in milk.You can give mashed boiled potato also. Give banana,papaya,cheeko XXXXXXX to meet the vitamin's requirement. Give these servings 3 times per day. Feed the baby in your lap with your hands.Don't force.If needed give small amount and increase the frequency of feeds. I hope this would help. I shall be glad to answer if you have any more doubts. Regards