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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada
Dr. Yogindra Vasavada, Pediatrician
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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I am an American living in Ethiopia, where our access to

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I am an American living in Ethiopia, where our access to knowledgable pediatricians is limited. I adopted my Ethiopian son at 8 months of age, and he is now 11 months old. I am wondering how his nutrition will change as he reaches a year old. He does not eat solids/food well currently - he will take a bite or two of bread, yogurt, fruit, veggies, or meat but usually refuses after that. He is very good about drinking his formula. I am wondering if, at age one, I should switch him to toddler formula (which needs to be boiled here, as it is not always as clean as it should be) and just hope he starts to eat to catch up. Will toddler formula meet his nutritional needs the same way that his 6-12 month formula does? I am sorry I am asking here online, but my pediatrician here is not up to date on a lot of things. Their training here is very spotty.
Thank you for any help you can provide!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 1 year ago.

Hello, Sure his toddler formula will meet basic needs but it would be better for him to start on some soft, semi-solid cereal dishes prepared in kitchen which do not require chewing. These should be offered twice regularly in place of formula feeds when he is hungry. Initial few days there may be refusal but with persistence, he will accept ultimately. Regular weight gain will be best guide about feed adequacy.

Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 1 year ago.

Good luck to him.