The Cause Of A Baby Suddenly Refusing To Drink Milk?

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Doctor. My child is 9 months old. 2 days he already does not want to drink milk. If I eat just a little drink it. He does have a slight fever. His body temperature is 37.8. What should I do? I’m afraid he will become dehydrated if he doesn’t want to drink.

1 Answer:

Hello Intan


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Lazy suckling in babies is most often caused by confused nipples. In this condition, usually the baby will still want to suckle, provided it is not from the breast, but through other media, such as pacifiers. It could also, the baby is lazy to suckle due to satiety, too sleepy, does not like the milk, and so on.


However, if your baby does not want to suckle at all with any media, then the following possible causes:

Disorders of the oral cavity, for example because they want to grow teeth, swollen gums, canker sores, sore throat
Disorders of the digestive tract, for example due to digestive infections, food or beverage allergies, intolerance, malabsorption, inflammation of the intestine
Discomfort due to other causes, for example colds, fevers, coughing, tightness, colic, heat, noise, and so on

The condition of your baby who has a fever can be a sign that he is having an infection. This infection can make his body feel uncomfortable, and the impact, he will be lazy to suckle.


If this fever has been going on for 3 days or more, you should check your baby directly to the doctor or pediatrician to further evaluate the condition, for example through physical examination, blood tests, and so on. Not only that, you also need to do the following trick:

If the baby has a fever, compresses his neck and armpits with warm water, give him paracetamol according to the doctor's recommended dosage
Give the baby lots to drink, not necessarily just milk, but can also be given water, juice
Give the baby enough food according to the needs of babies his age
In between meals, give the baby a healthy snack
Let the baby rest more
Keep the baby away from other people who are having an infectious infection
Do not carelessly give babies other drugs, without a doctor's prescription

Hope this helps ...

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