Trauma Does Not Want To Drink Milk In Children Aged 14 Months?
My child is 14 months old. Yesterday he was hot inside so he didn’t want to suckle and eat. Because I was worried, I forced him to suckle, he still did not want to and I continued to force him. Because of emotion, I hit him on the cheek and thigh. Since then until now (it’s been 4 days) he doesn’t want me to breastfeed. Is that because he’s traumatized? Because from that day on he was not close to me, instead he was like scared when I approached him, he became more like his grandmother. How do I get my child and me close again? How do you get rid of his fear of me? How do you get rid of the trauma? I beg for your help.
Hello Mardilah, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
A child if it has decreased appetite and drinking must have certain causes. If your child has decreased appetite and drink when he is sick, especially when it's hot, you should immediately see a doctor for further examination whether your child needs additional fluids through an IV or not.
It is not advisable to force your child to eat or drink both when sick or not by using violence, including beating children because as you have said, it can cause trauma to the child.
For now the best advice is that you still pay attention, love and apologize to your child because you have hit him. Give the understanding that you are sorry and try not to repeat it again to your child. It is also not recommended to get closer to your child in an aggressive and forced way because it will increasingly make your child feel scared and uncomfortable being close to you.
You can also ask for the help of his grandmother to help bring your child back, by giving the understanding that you do not intend to hurt him again. Also give time for your child to overcome his fears and understand your intentions.
Henceforth, do not repeat your mistakes again because it can affect your child's mental health in the future. If your child is sick and has difficulty eating, you should consult with your doctor directly to help you get a better solution.
I hope this helps.