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What causes low appetite in breast feeding baby?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: My baby is 4 months old. She is on mother's milk only. She is having a habit of thumb sucking. From the past few weeks she doesn't show much interest in breast feed, though she is hungry, because she keep sucking her thumb. Her weight in 3.5 months was 5.8 kgs.
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Answered by Dr. Omprakash Ashokrao Deshmukh (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It is normal

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for the query.

Thumbsucking is a normal, natural behavior for many children, and is something they do to comfort themselves and alleviate anxiety.

If everything like urine output, child's activity, weight gain is normal there is no reason to worry.

As baby may get tired sucking at thumb she might not show interest in feeding.

Try a band aid, a finger cot, a small finger puppet, or a thumb guard. If thumbsucking occurs mainly at night, try putting a mitten or a sock over the hand.


Hope i help you.
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Brief Answer: It is normal Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for the query. Thumbsucking is a normal, natural behavior for many children, and is something they do to comfort themselves and alleviate anxiety. If everything like urine output, child's activity, weight gain is normal there is no reason to worry. As baby may get tired sucking at thumb she might not show interest in feeding. Try a band aid, a finger cot, a small finger puppet, or a thumb guard. If thumbsucking occurs mainly at night, try putting a mitten or a sock over the hand. Hope i help you.