Should A 10 Month Baby Be Given Appetite-enhancing Vitamins?

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Good morning, I want to ask if a 10 month old baby needs to be given appetite-enhancing vitamins. my child has a hard time eating solid food, porridge etc. I’m afraid that the growth will be stunted, please find a solution.

1 Answer:

Hi agusb,

Thank you for asking

Difficulty feeding in babies should not be solved immediately by giving additional drugs or supplements, especially if your baby is under 1 year old. In infants under 1 year of age, administration of drugs or supplements should ONLY be done on the advice of a doctor after conducting an in-person examination.

Most cases of difficulty eating in babies occur due to improper eating habits, for example:

Forcing children to eat
Give food that is too sharp
Do not vary the food menu
Too often feed the child so that he feels full
Giving food as a gift or punishment, and so on

Therefore, try to correct it first, is there anything wrong with your feeding method that makes it difficult for your baby to eat? Do you regularly control your baby's growth and development? What is her weight and length? Is it according to his age?

As long as the baby's growth and development is still in accordance with the standards of children his age, it is difficult to eat in babies, actually there is no need to worry too much. In general, this difficulty eating will be passed by good eating habits. We suggest that you first try to do the following:

Discipline in applying the time and way of eating
Also pay attention to the food menu that you provide to children, try to feed them with portions and consistency appropriate for their age. Do not feed children with flavors that are too flashy. Limit the use of salt, sugar, and flavorings before the baby is 1 year old. Vary the food menu every day.
Feed the child at the same time every day, 2 to 3 times a day
Teach children to eat alone, including by accompanying them to eat together
Create a pleasant dining atmosphere, avoid being pushy, yelling, also stay away from using gadgets
If within 30 minutes the child still doesn't want to eat, finish eating
Limit the provision of snacks (other than drinking) between meals so that babies recognize hunger
Keep giving the baby breast milk as needed

In general, by consistently doing the tips above for 2 to 4 weeks, it is difficult to eat in babies can be overcome. However, if there are no significant changes in their diet, or your baby has a developmental delay compared to the age standard, it is necessary to be aware of other possible causes of difficulty eating, for example related to chronic infections, gastrointestinal disorders, thyroid disorders, cancer, etc. If this is the condition that occurs in your baby, do not hesitate to have your baby examined directly to a pediatrician for further evaluation and treatment. If it is deemed necessary, the doctor will recommend what kind of supplement is right for your child. consumption to increase his appetite.

Hope this helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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