Almost 1yr old w/texture issues....

Sarh - posted on 06/05/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is almost a yr old. He will only eat foods such as breads, fries, nuggets, chips, dry cereals, things dry and sort of bland like that. How do I get him to eat other things? I'm assuming it is a texture issue...? Sometimes he will eat noodles, for breakfast I can get him to eat hot oatmeal and sometimes apple sauce. He will not eat fresh fruit (will eat pureed fruits sometimes), it's just so odd to me. He's not gaining weight and waking through the night, I'm assuming due to not eating much solids, and I'm assuming the night waking because he's not eating enough for dinner.... he just picks at it most of the time.

Any advice or suggestions?! Greatly appreciated!

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/05/2011

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Hmm.. tried mixing them in with the noodles and what not? You know this may be totally unrelated but I knew a lady who got into a car crash and she didn't have any tastebuds afterwards so she hated eating and only liked textured stuff because it was interesting. Just something to keep in mind. I would try dried fruits? Maybe he would eat those? They sell them in baggies at the store, it would be easy enough to try and at least he'd get some fruits. Does he drink fruit juices during the day? If he did you could worry less about how he is getting his fruity nutrition :) as long as he is..... do you have vitamins, or some sort of baby Ensure back up plan in case he needs nutrition? You could blend things into shakes/smoothies so at least he'd be getting something....

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And me giving my kid the AAP recommended consumption of fruit juice for my kids age will NOT cause him to be obese. So neither should giving your kid the allowed amounts either. Geez



And you feed your child SUGARY FRUIT LOOPS that's sugar...... so you aren't NOT giving him sugar. You may want to stop acting like you are trying to avoid sugar on his teeth when you obveiously do not do so anyway.



Your main concerns come down to Obesity, Tooth Decay and Sugar. Therefore, don't feed your kid crappy cereal which is more likely to cause obesity than juice. Tooth decay is preventable through brushing and going to dentists and sugar well.... you don't avoid it anyway.



So your avoidance of juice is unjust and unrealistic and your just hanging on random info here and there to support your ideas.

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Well, unless it's going through a huge corperate processing breakdown process full of crud? You could always juice your own and I don't see how it would in that scenario be any different than whats in the fruit to begin with.



Avoid tooth decay -



Your own link provides this :



If you choose to give your children fruit juice, choose 100 percent fruit juice instead of sweetened juice or fruit-juice cocktails. While 100 percent fruit juice and sweetened fruit drinks may have similar amounts of calories, your children will get more vitamins and nutrients and fewer additives from 100 percent juice.

To ensure your children aren't drinking too much juice, follow these limits from the American Academy of Pediatrics:




So..... 100% juice is the best for your child when it comes to juice and also states that the American Academy of Pediatrics (THE people who have the say so when it comes to baby advice) are saying that you CAN give your 1 year old juice. It even provides you with the recommended dosages for his age group.

1 year to 6 years: Up to 6 ounces (177 milliliters) a day (so I would give him 2 juice bottles a day, filled with half water in it to equal 3oz and the other half juice 3oz for your kids age group)



This website which makes the most sense to me states not to let your child go to bed with ANY bottle in his mouth, due to the sugars that are even present in formula. They say nothing about not giving your child juice either, just that to avoid it as the last thing you give your child at night. Therefore, they suggest the last bottle to sleep with be water.



They also state that if you want to protect teeth you are worried about, to wash your babies mouth out with a wet rag and wipe down everything after EVERY feeding.



http://www.saveyoursmile.com/parents/bab...



I think overall, 100% is best then. Juice is okay, and the AAP has recommendations. Also, following up with the baby brushing after every meal should be healthy and fine. So to me, this is the best course of action. Expecially if your baby isn't eating fruit.



Besides, dried fruits (raisins, apricots) are going to have sugar in them and stick to the teeth just the same fruit juice would. If not more, because he is chewing down on them. So you are going to have to worry more when he actually eats fruit.



Your not a terrible mother, but his nutrition should come first in your mind rather than his teeth. Teeth can be fixed at a dentists office and usually maintained very well if you go when they are young and go yearly. Whereas malnutrition is a lifetime of issues if it gets really bad.



Please don't try to downplay the issue all of a sudden too, by the way. You are asking about advice on how to feed your child certain things and I was just trying to fully research wether or not your worries had merit. They do to an extent but I think they are better taken as preventable worries than opting totally out of things like juice.



What about veggies then? Is it bad to stick them blended into a bottle too? :P

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I wonder where you heard this from, I'm going to go research :) to me it makes no sense.

If our bodies cannot process juice even at 100% purity, I would assume our bodies cannot process fruit either. As it is essentially the same thing? If you have any weblinks on this topic I'd be grateful to visit them.

I don't understand your concern with sugar either, because you tried to get him to eat fruit by putting sugar on it. If I was totally against sugar I wouldn't have tried sugar on fruit?

Expecially in your case, where he isn't getting enough fruits, I'm sure a doctor would suggest putting him on fruit juices. Heck, they even told us to put our baby on juice (half apple half water) when he was constipated once. (but I recently read that pear juice is better for constipation)

Ricketts? Not gaining weight? Considering Ensure and vitamin pills? Facing all these problems, I'd rather give my baby juice in a bottle than worry about malnutrition, buying Ensure or give him vitamin pills :(

So overall, even if you provided a weblink that proves juice in bottles is bad... you have to pick your battles and I'd rather my baby be a healthy weight and just brush his teeth more often.

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Why? Haven't heard of it. It's got to be close to the same as a sippy cup or drinking juice period? It's still getting in their mouths?

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Lise - posted on 08/02/2011

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I agree with on the no juice - I think (personal opinion) that juice is empty calories. I would rather my dd get her calories with foods like avocado, which include a lot of other healthy things.

Many babies slow their weight gain as they age - otherwise, all people would be grossly obese! :) You can add olive oil to a lot of foods which add healthy fats and calories.

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters! There is a difference between being a picky eater and sensory issues. What textures does he avoid?

Night waking is developmental - my dd had an amazing diet at that age and still woke!

Sarh - posted on 06/06/2011

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I guess I'm a terrible mother for wanting my child to have healthy teeth, healthy internal digestive organs (the sugar gets absorbed into intestine walls, etc. But thanks for the comments anyways.

Sarh - posted on 06/06/2011

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When fruit is made into juice it breaks down differently.
When you have diarrhea one thing to help stop it is applesauce, but then you are constipated one thing to help that is apple juice. The sugars are different.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fruit-j...
"Birth to 6 months: No fruit juice, unless it's used to relieve constipation
6 months to 12 months: Up to 4 ounces (118 milliliters) a day, served in a cup (not a bottle) to avoid tooth decay"

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...
"It is prudent to give juice only to infants who can drink from a cup (approximately 6 months or older). Teeth begin to erupt at approximately 6 months of age. Dental caries have also been associated with juice consumption.39 Prolonged exposure of the teeth to the sugars in juice is a major contributing factor to dental caries. The AAP and the American Academy of Pedodontics recommendations state that juice should be offered to infants in a cup, not a bottle, and that infants not be put to bed with a bottle in their mouth.40 The practice of allowing children to carry a bottle, cup, or box of juice around throughout the day leads to excessive exposure of the teeth to carbohydrate, which promotes development of dental caries."
"Like soda, it can contribute to energy imbalance. High intakes of juice can contribute to diarrhea, over nutrition or under nutrition, and development of dental caries."
"Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit for infants younger than 6 months. "
"Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits over whole fruit for infants older than 6 months and children."

Thats more then enough for me!
I did not put sugar on fruit. I bought a can of fruit which is preserved in sugary crap! So no I did not try sugar on fruit. Never said I was 100% against sugar, he eats fruit loops and other dry cereals, those are sugary.

I highly doubt his lack of consuming fruits (which does eat pureed fruits) is his reason for poor weight gain. Fruit juice is only to be used when an infant is constipated. You will have read that in my above links.

Fruit juice is not going to prevent or cure rickets! Fruit juice if he drank it all through out the day would yes cause him to gain weight, but he wouldn't healthy. It causes obesity! I don't want my child to be obese!! If you are fine with giving you infant fruit juice through out the day and him being obese then you go for it.
I'm only considering Ensure and vitamins because they will help with the POSSIBLE Vitamin D deficiency and POSSIBLE Rickets.

Sarh - posted on 06/06/2011

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It sits differently on their teeth and gums when they drink it from a bottle than a cup. Plus fruit juice is horrible for us adults let alone an infants. The human body can't break down and digest the sugars in it whether it's 100% fruit juice or not. Which is why if even a grown adult drinks too much juice they will have massive diarrhea. Fruit juice is not necessary, an infant gets more then enough fruit from daily consumption. My son wont eat fresh fruits, any fruits, even tried can fruits covered in sugary nasty crap and he still didn't want it, but I don't want to resort to giving him fruit juice through out the day and daily. There has got to be some other way.

Sarh - posted on 06/06/2011

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Putting juice or anything other then milk, formula or breast milk is horrible for their teeth and gums!

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Why not juice in a bottle? We get the frozen packs for about a dollar or two and even though they only are supposed to make half a gallon, if you water it down to a gallon it's still pretty potent most of the time and then you don't have to worry about diluting it when you pour it into the bottle. I swear it's our life saver lately lol

Sarh - posted on 06/06/2011

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I've tried giving him noodles with hamburger mixed in because he wont eat hamburger either! He will eat little bits of the meat, but only when it's stuck to a noodle that he picks up. Dried fruits could be a great idea! I will give that a try. I don't give him fruit juice, but I'm starting to give him a little here and there, he doesn't drink from a sippy, just chews on it, all he wants is the bottle and I refuse to put anything other then formula in there (not on cows milk yet due to tummy issues, see a GI on the 14th).
I haven't ever given him vitamins, it's really easy to "over dose" on vitamins which can really wreak havoc on your system especially babies. He will probably have to go on vitamin D thought, I believe he has Rickets and he doesn't get cows milk and I try to avoid all dairy, doesn't do well with it. I've thought about Ensure and plan to speak with his ped and GI about it.

Thanks! :)

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