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Old 11-30-2010, 07:37 PM
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Sorry I've been MIA but I have some questions about solids

As some may remember, when Fletcher was born I basically pumped because he spent 1 wk in the NICU..when he came home, he preferred the bottle over nursing. As the months went by, he would nurse at night but take the bottle during the day. He hit 8 months on 11/23 and has taking a turn to ONLY wanting to breastfeed, completely rejecting the bottle (even if my husband or MIL over Thanksgiving) try to give it to him.

He is growing like a weed, he has also started having more regular BM's since he started only nursing and not taking my milk in a bottle (which I find strange that when he BF's directly he poops, when he takes my milk in a bottle he will only poop every 3 days or so) But he absolutely, positively refuses to try solids He still wakes up 3 or more times a night (I'm exhausted ) so I was hoping to get some solids in him in hopes that maybe he could start going longer at night.

How do you get a child to eat solids?? I tried even putting cheerios on his highchair but he prefers to throw them down on the floor. He will NOT open his mouth for food, not for me, not for hubs, not for either of his Grandma's. What do I do? Should I worry? I mean, he isn't losing weight, he is still a chunk of love.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:55 PM
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Alex, we missed you! to be honest, most studies indicate that feeding solids doesn't necessarily make baby sleep longer...rather it's a coincidence that around the same time baby sleeps more, they're at the age of eating solids.

the truth is, babies don't need the nutritional supplementation of solids until about 9 months to a year (particularly if they're breastfed and thriving...as Fletcher certainly is). most doctors recommend introducing solids more for the familiarity of textures and the phasing out of the tongue-thrust that goes with breastfeeding.

more than likely either Fletcher is going through another growth spurt and needs to nurse a bit more for a few weeks, or if he's been doing this for a while, it's probably become a habit. in the case of habit, it's just going to take some time to get him through it. solids may, in fact, make his tummy a little funny and disrupt sleep too, lol.

as for getting him to try it, for my kids it just took patience. they were all about a year when i started them, and they would look at me like i was an alien when i'd try feeding them solids...over a few days they got much better at it. have you tried mixing in some breast milk with oatmeal? i did that and it seemed to work. at 8 months they only need a few bites to get the idea, then they take off. bananas are another good one to try...carrots? my kids loved variety, and hopefully Fletcher will too.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:08 PM
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Thanks Shi I've tried giving him banana's and he thinks I'm bananas when I do I do have a box of rice cereal, maybe I'll give that a shot with some expressed milk and see if he'll take that. I tried sweet potatoes, nope...Some applesauce, nope....Some yobaby yogurt, nope. He just wont have it.

I am afraid he's gotten into the habit of waking up a lot because I usually end up taking him into our bed just from being so exhausted getting up so much (plus, since he is our last, I enjoy that extra cuddle time ) But, it definitely makes sense that solids could maybe disrupt his sleep from some tummy issues.

He is one stubborn rascal. I have never seen a baby keep his mouth shut so tight any time a spoon with food gets near it.

(...he is also going through another round of teething. he now has 6 teeth )
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Samson still wakes up that much too. I have nothing but hugs for you.
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Glad to see you posting again Alex.
My youngest was still waking up 3-6 times a night at that age too for feedings (until he was almost 1 1/2 and we moved him to his bro's room). His problem was that we were in a 2 bedroom, so he slept in our room and sensed my presence. I loved the extra cuddle time though, and he co-slept with me a lot.
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I have thought some more on your situation. Have you tried giving him a preloaded spoon? Sometimes it is more fun when they can feed themselves.
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^ True! I hadn't thougth of that, but my friend's daughter started feeding herself really well (and made huge messes), and loved eating solids after that.
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S only feeds himself and it is working out really well. He likes everything so far. We are doing BLW, which has had a few scary moments but overall we are loving it.
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Alex, hugs to you, I have no words of wisdom, as my kid was and still is EXTREMELY picky and did not take solids for the first year and a half despite my best efforts, but I remember the frustration (for me) of the mouth clamped shut.

The only thing helping us was time.

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Thanks Roxana, Jasmin and Stacy. I had a small victory this a.m. Fletcher has willingly eaten an entire yobaby yogurt I hope this will start to be a common trend.

I'm glad to hear that you ladies have experienced the same thing though. Glad is probably not the correct word, but it makes me feel like he is more normal I do love the cuddle time with him even more so because I know we wont have anymore....but it is just exhausting.

On a side note, he developed a rash on his neck and chest last week. I thought it was teething but it wasn't going away. So I called the Dr. We saw the Nurse PA on Friday and he said it looked viral Not quite sure what that means. I was really hoping he would just say it was due to teething or eczema. He has put in a referral for Fletch to be seen at St. Jude. He told us not to worry but the best doctors for his condition are there and maybe we can get to the bottom of it all. I'm nervous about it, yet happy to finally talk to someone who understands. As soon as I get an appointment/find out more, I'll let you all know.

Jasmin, I hope Samson starts sleeping for you more....

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Old 12-07-2010, 10:14 AM
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Luca had a viral rash too - all over his face, neck and stomach.
Just in time for Christmas last year. The skin was bumpy and looked very dry, for lack of a better description - it looked like he had small dry pimples all over.

Nothing better than to hear the doctor say "there is nothing we can do about it - it will go away in 2-4 weeks" !!!!!!!!!!!
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Roxana, did he say what caused it? The nurse PA didn't say anything more that that it looked viral. I've noticed that whenever I have a concern about Fletcher's skin, the Dr's are reluctant to say anything to me. It freaks me out a little bit because of the LCH. I wish they just understood that my mind runs wild with possibilities.
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Roxana, did he say what caused it?
No. My doctor (whom I love, she is very good) just said it's viral, and it could just be a reaction to a common virus, and not necessarily something exotic.

For example, Luca had croup years ago, I got it, and in my case it manifested like a rash, that was itchy and spread all over my body - that was my reaction to the croup virus.

I was verry worried, as well, about Luca's rash, as it looked awful - but he did not seem to mind, it wasn't itchy, and there were no liquids oozing out. The doctor was right, it did go away, but it took about 4 weeks. I felt so sorry for the little guy!

I would definitely voice my concerns, I think it is our right as mothers to get all the answers we want, after all, that is why we pay the big bucks on insurance. I definitely hear you on the doctors not saying much, but really, there is nothing they can do if it's viral, other than giving them something to make them comfortable if it hurts or itches.

I did not even apply lotion to his rash, as I was afraid I would make it worse.
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alex, did they mention roseola at all? it's very common; most children get it.
devon had it around 8-9 months. she started getting very fussy and had a fever, then a rash popped up all over her neck and abdomen. some spots were flat, some were raised; and they spread to her back and part of her arms.

the rash took almost 2 weeks to go away. she was fine otherwise; the rash didn't seem to bother her at all.
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Cat, they didn't mention it.

That is almost the same as German measles right? I think I googled pics of baby rashes and I saw that, it resembles Fletchers a bit....but he definitely was not as severe as some of the pics, and he never had a fever He has some bright redness under his arms, both of them, and they told me that that area looked like eczema so they gave me ointment for it and I've actually been slathering it all over him...neck, belly, back, arms. He seems to be improving a little bit, definitely no news areas.
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