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Baby with poor appetite

My 4 month old baby has a poor appetite and his weight gain has slowed down. He now eats small 'snacks' 2 - 3 ounces of formula every 2 - 3 hours. He fusses and cries when I try to feed him more at each feeding and if I try to space out his feeding so he will eat more with each feeding he still only takes 3 ounces at a time. I saw postings on lycopodium and ordered liquid 30c concentration. I wanted to know what dose you would suggest to increase his appetite. And how often I should administer drug per day or week etc.

My doctor does not believe in herbal/homeopathic remedies and will prescribe acid blocker which I do not want to use except as last resort.
Please help me.
  hapshepsut79 on 2010-03-20
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Can you please give the following information in respect of your son.

1.whether he prefers warm surroundings ie whether he likes to be covered or he prefers cold surroundings and open air.

2.whether he has a mild disposition or an irritable diposition. How is his attitude towards his friends and relatives?

3.What other physical problems, if any does he have.

4.At what time he feels better and at what time does he feel worse like in the morning, evening, late night etc.

5.What do you think is the causative factor for starting his problems.

6.How is his thirst for cold drinks, hot drinks and water?

7.How is the bowel movement? Normal, constipated or loose.

8.Whether the child prefers to move around or prefers to keep still.
kadwa last decade
in reply to kadawa

1. baby has enjoyed the recent 70 degree days with breeze we have with no problems if we push his stroller outside. Although he would easily get overheated in house during winter months and we had to keep the house temp fairly cool so we could dress him at all.
2. baby was very irritable when he 6 to 12 weeks old. He has recently been much happier and interactive with us. He is just difficult to feed.
3. baby has no medical issues or developmental delays. He has always eaten small amounts frequently which was adequate when he was smaller but this last month his weight has slowed.
4. He eats more easily at night. But still not adequate amounts.
5. I do not know what would have contributed to this problem. at 3 months old he would take 4 ounce bottle every 3 to 4 hours during day and less at night. Now he wants 2 - 3 ounces every 2 to 4 hours and eats the same amount or less than 1 month ago. He does not spit up frequently or cry after I stop trying to feed him more volume at each feeding. He just has less appetite. Formula is still the same.
6. I do not warm his bottles usually, they are room temp. I tried to warm them to see if improvement but no change.
7. bowel movements are soft and normal.
8. He loves to move, he likes if I lay him on floor with him if he is on his tummy and he likes to sit with support and play with toys. Very active baby does not like to sit still very long by himself. If I take him to the store he loves to be in sling facing out so he can see everytthing.

Hope this helps answer all your questions
hapshepsut79 last decade
Please give him three doses of Pulsatilla 30c at a gap of 4 hours for only one day (not daily) and report back after 10 days.

What is one dose?
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form
Please add some 2-3 drops of the Pulsatilla 30c dilution to some 100 ml water. Please give him 1 tsp water as one dose. Please throw away the remaining water after giving three doses.

If the medicine is in pill form
2 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 15 minutes before or after taking medicine.
kadwa last decade
Thank you for your help and time Dr. Kadwa. I will order for baby directly.
hapshepsut79 last decade

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