How can I stop her fussy eating?

Charlotte - posted on 05/20/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 22 month old daughter has recently become a very fussy eater. She seems to only want meat or fish at dinner and rarely even touches any of the other stuff i put on her plate at meal times. She completly ignores vegetables and fruit and will occasionally eat beans, pasta or potatoes (but only in chip form, she won't eat mash or roast). She will also eat cheese and yogurts. Drink wise she has milk, pinapple juice and blackcurrant but nothing else.

Any food she doesn't want either gets ignored or sent to the floor and drinks just get put down infront of the fridge until i've changed it for something she will drink.

After not eating her meals she then stands under the cubboard where i keep the treats crying cos she wants some.

I've tried lots of things to get her to eat other stuff - feeding her myself, not giving her the meat, hiding the veg, making extra food for myself and just letting her eat that (i didn't get any of my meat for almost a week). I'm now at the stage where if she doesn't her food i just take her out of the high chair and let her go play, but refuse her snacks when she asks in the hopes that it will make her eat more at her next meal. So far it hasn't worked. I feel really guilty about this but I'm running out of ideas.

Has anyone else had this problem? My family just say its a stage and not to worry but I can't help thinking that she isn't getting enough food, never mind enough nutrients or vitamins and am starting to worry about long term effects from her odd diet.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and all of them will be faithfully tried!

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Katherine - posted on 05/20/2012

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What about PB&J? Will she eat that? Peanut butter will cover the protein part. A lot of kids go through this. Luckily mine loved fruit, but not veggies at that age. I never really forced them and they are fine.

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