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    Default Did your child go off their food when molars came through? For how long?

    As the title says....did your LO go off their food when their molars came through and how long did it take for them to start eating normally again?

    DD is 21 months and I think one of her 2yo molars is coming through (I can feel it just breaking through - but it has a long way to go!). She is normally a big eater, but since Friday every time she bites down on anything she cries, despite being given panadol and/or neurofen. She will tolerate yoghurt and really runny weetbix and just today started eating the soft fruit bars you can buy in the supermarket (I am getting desperate!!). Anything else and she just cries and refuses - even soft foods that she normally loves.

    I assume it's her teeth, but she has never gone off her food when teeth are coming through before, and her sleeping pattern also isn't matching up to how it usually does (i.e. she usually wakes during the night for hours when teething, but is sleeping okay at the moment...albeit with the help of panadol at times). She seems fine apart from when she's eating.

    I feel so sorry for her and I am wondering how long to leave it before being concerned. She has had 3.5 days of pretty regular pain relief now (mainly panadol, but neurofen about once a day). I am hoping it's not an ulcer or anything else and is just her teeth, but she wont let me look in her mouth!!

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    My DD is only 14 months but she's just gotten her first molars and eye teeth (so 8 in total) over the summer and it's definitely caused her to go off food. When she's teething she also hates being fed from a spoon (even a soft plastic one) so I have to give her foods that she can feed herself with her hands as she's not good with a spoon yet.

    Apart from teething, maybe it could be an ear infection or tonsillitis?

    If you're worried, I'd pop in to the GP just to put your mind at rest.

    Hope it gets better soon.

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    When my DD2 got her molars she went off food big time. We noticed because this is a kid who LOVES food and seriously, would break your arm if you stood between her and her dinner.

    But she went off food completely. Wouldn't let us look in her mouth. I would go to Coles with her and anything she looked remotely interested in eating, we'd buy her. It did pass and soon enough she was back into eating everything and stealing from her sisters plate. It took about 2 weeks if I remember correctly for her to be herself again.

    Saying that, my friends son is teething at the moment and was in lots of pain, would scream and not eat. Turns out he had an ear infection as well, poor guy, so a trip to the doctors to rule that out is a good idea. It's totally possible that you've just got LO who goes off food when teething.

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    Yes. Both of my boys went off food for about 7 - 10 days.

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    Thanks for the replies - by the sound of it this might go on for a week or more if it is her molars coming through.

    I would take her to the GP but we were there 3 times last week (asthma) so I would like to avoid them if at all possible. She woke up and was wide awake for an hour or so during the night last night which is her usual teething pattern so I am pretty sure that's all it is, particularly after hearing of others who have gone off their food while teething.

    Rosebones, DD is just like your daughter - normally she's a great eater so this is a huge change! I will just continue to feed her yoghurt and weetbix and offer her other things until she's feeling better.


 

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