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What is food refusal?
Food refusal is a phrase used to describe a range of feeding difficulties, most often in children, that can result in them not meeting their nutritional needs.
What are the signs of food refusal?
Signs of food refusal include tantrums, turning away from food, gagging, spitting out food or vomiting.
What causes food refusal?
Food refusal has a number of causes. If your child is healthy, most likely they just are not hungry, so there is no need to force them to eat, just try again later. However, there are some underlying conditions that can result in food refusal, such as anatomical …
What can I do if my baby refuses to eat?
Steps you can take when your baby refuses to eat include ignoring their disruptive behavior during feeding times, combining foods they like with foods they do not, and giving them praise when they eat desired foods. If your baby constantly refuses …
What age should I start my baby on solids?
You can start your baby on solids around six months of age. Leaving solids until 12 months of age can result in swallowing difficulties and fussy eating preferences.
What are the complications of food refusal?
If food refusal is a chronic problem, complications can include severe weight loss, malnutrition, and growth and developmental problems.
How can I help reduce reflux after my baby eats?
Not overfeeding and keeping your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes after feeding helps reduce reflux. If reflux is severe, your doctor may prescribe some antacid medication to help prevent complications.
My baby has accidentally swallowed a battery, what can I do?
If your baby has swallowed a battery, prompt medical attention is required to remove it. Batteries are caustic and can erode the lining of your baby's digestive tract if not removed.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Food refusal