Generally, refusal of solid foods in infants is often indicated by the movement of the baby closing its mouth. The cause is still uncertain, even though babies often don’t like the taste, are bored with the same menu, the way of feeding, the baby’s health condition or the environment when the baby is eating. Although this is considered normal, the constant refusal of food in infants will interfere with the introduction of solids.
Refusal of solids by babies is common when the first introduction of solids. Babies need time to adapt to get to know the texture, taste and way when introduced to solid foods. The reasonableness of refusal of complementary foods in a vulnerable period of 3 months, between the ages of 6 and 9 months. Meanwhile, if at the age of 9 months the baby still refuses solid food, you can consult a doctor. The attitude shown by a baby who closes his mouth tightly when he is given solid food to cause him to cry, scream and even struggle is a refusal of solid food
The following are the causes of rejection during solids by babies:
1. Do not recognize the taste of food
The first rejection that babies make when getting solid foods is taste. Babies can be introduced to a variety of flavors from ingredients to solids. Thus the baby can remember the taste and not get bored with the same breastfeeding.
2. Have not recognized the texture of food
One of the reasons for babies to refuse is the texture of the food that is still unfamiliar so that when you give solids, babies try to adapt. The first is to introduce complementary foods, which are filtered porridge gradually to a denser texture so that it can be easier to receive complementary foods.
3. Food while traveling
Various ways are done so that babies do not refuse solids. Even though you should introduce how to eat well from an early age. You can make him sit in the dining area and tell stories about other activities.
Meanwhile, to overcome the refusal of complementary foods, the following methods can be done:
- You know your eating schedule so you can introduce your baby to a regular feeding schedule.
- Have patience and creativity when giving solid foods. You can start telling stories that distract the baby and receive complementary foods.
- Pay attention to solids ingredients. You can schedule a baby food menu so you don’t get bored with the types of food served.
- Give solids by one person. Giving complementary foods by more than one person will make it difficult to study the baby’s behavior.
- Give breast milk is not too full. Refusal of solids can occur because the baby is full, so avoid giving breast milk when it is about to be given solids.
For babies who refuse solid food by keeping their mouth shut, there is a concern that it will hamper nutrition. The fastest solution is to provide vitamins, but actually vitamins can be supplemented from vegetables and fruit for consumption. Whereas in infants who experience rejection, the fulfillment of vitamins, minerals the body needs can be with vitamins, however, you should first consult your doctor.