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Dear Helen, my baby is eating very poorly. The pediatrician told me that, since he is six months old, he can and should already start chewing solid food. But whenever I give him anything that has been squashed with a fork and not with a blender, he starts choking. He also has a very poor appetite. What should I do? Thank you in advance for your help.
Moms' answer:
Dear Mom, your pediatrician is right because a 6 months old baby should eat solid food. I understand your concern since this is your first baby, so you have no experience, but what is more important is what you do have – the patience and will. Place your baby in the semi-sitting position, place a smaller amount of small solids (pieces of zucchini, polenta, bananas) in the blended food, and feed your baby with a scoop that will initially have just one or two pieces of small solids. If your baby starts choking a bit, do not be afraid, you are there for her/him. Lean him/her forward and use a small spoon to remove the piece of food. Immediately afterwards, soothe your baby (talk to and smile at her/him) and then continue to feed her/him. During the next meals and days, gradually reduce the amount of blended of food in favor of the pieces of solids. You will succeed, I believe in you. As far as appetite is concerned, we are all different and if your baby is adequately gaining weight, you have no reason for concern.
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