Picky Eater

Kim - posted on 01/28/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old son is a extremly picky eater. Does anyone else have this problem? How did you handle it?

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Alyissa - posted on 02/02/2011

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does he like chicken nuggets ?? I know theres a recipe floating on the internet for gfcf nuggets that are really goo .. my son loves them ..

Carlene - posted on 01/28/2011

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My son is what they call a "problem feeder." not so much that he's picky, it may just be the whole texture issue with him. he will only eat processed meats (sometimes i can get him to eat them if they appear processed). The only veggie he will eat that's cooked is corn, all his other veggies better be fresh and raw. i can get away with blanching them (sometimes). He loves fruit, so he gets that instead of a starch on his plate(he can't stand potatoes in any way except french fries). I have learned to adapt his food preferences and adapt to his eating habits. it's crazy hard but it was either figure it out or go crazy. he may have some undiagnosed texture issue:/ if he is a crunchy lover, you may want to just give him raw veggies and cut them up bite sized... if he's a mushier type person, you may try to cook them a little longer... I hope i'm a little helpful...

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My son is 10 and when he was a baby, he had absolutely no interest in any of the finger foods the other kids were eating. I thought we'd have to send him off to college with a supply of formula! Now he loves pizza (no veggies!), spaghetti (only smooth sauce, no chunks), white rice, and chow mein noodles (still no veggies!). He has SPD and PDD. Absolutely will not put anything in his mouth that he's not familiar with. Will not eat potatoes in any form (no chips or french fries, which is probably a good thing). He'll eat fish sticks, but recently decided he no longer likes chicken nuggets. If he has a bad experience with anything, he's done with it for life. Look up stubborn in the dictionary and you'll see his picture. He does eat sandwiches made with those whole wheat thins and plain lunchmeat (no mayo or mustard). He's going on an overnight field trip with his class next month and I'm worried about what he's going to eat. At least he can't starve to death in 24 hours. He'll just have to find something he'll eat in whatever they have! Hang in there, you're not alone!

Mary - posted on 02/04/2011

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Kim~

My son also has the texture issues, and some day's he likes things & other days he cannot tolerate the feeling or look of the food. My son also likes the cheese sticks, chocolate milk (which i have limited him to 2 small cups per day), My son Ryan bounces from liking crunchy things to telling me the crunchy stuff bothers him, but in his words hurts him or scares him. It's truly hard to get a child that deals with disorders to actually try new foods. I have to give my son the V-8 Fusion because he will not touch veggies, and the only fruit he will eat is bananas. I cannot even get him to drink Pediasure, although if i try hard enough he will ( i have to remind him over & over it will make him big & strong). But then he will tell me he don't want to be big (meaning he wants to stay a little kid). It's a rough road trying to get them to eat properly, but like the nutritionist told me..give them just a little of what they do like on their plate along w/what you or your family is eating!

Kim - posted on 02/04/2011

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Thank you everyone for your advice. I know he has some texture issues with food. He used to eat chicken nuggets, pop tarts, gerber graduate snacks but he doesn't eat those anymore. He eats cheese sticks, chips and french fries. He also likes chocolate milk and Pediasure.

Julie - posted on 02/02/2011

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my 9 year old is a very fussy eater and it used to drive me to tears trying to think what i could make each evening for his dinner, it used to cause a lot of stress on both sides. I'd love to be able to make a home cooked family meal that my whole family could sit down and enjoy. My son has Aspergers and sensory issues so all food must be dry (no sauce at all) all veg must be raw, he's just started eating pizza as long as i make sure there is no tomato sauce on the base. most nights he has what we call bits and bobs. A buffet of finger foods such as carrot sticks, crackers cheese and usually some sort of cooked chicken (the only meat he'll eat) i expect this would drive me mad having this meal every night but it keeps my son happy and he's getting all the nutrition he needs from the meals he eats so I decided to stop fighting it and relax. we are all happier for it. you just need to step back and think, is your son getting the nutrition he needs from the food he will eat? if not maybe you can speak with your doctor to see if he can take supplements for anything he is lacking in. it's just best not to make food an issue because your son will start to dread meal times.

Mary - posted on 02/02/2011

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Kim~
My son is beyond a picky eater. I just recently had him hospitalized on the MHU because of his outbursts (ADHD), and the nutritionist called me because of his eating habits. One of her suggestions was to give my son whatever I make for supper even if he does not like it, but to also put a small portion of something they do like on the plate. Even if it is a banana or something that is healthy that they will eat. I told her how my son will not eat even the foods he likes if I do that, and she said to just keep trying. My son is 5 y/o, and is already at the mouthy stage, and thinks he can tell me what to make because he knows what he likes and what his sensory issues will tolerate (so to speak). It may be that your son has sensory problems as well, and this is causing him to be an extremely picky eater. From what I have researched and learned from experience, sensory problems (picky eaters) is one of the most common signs/symptoms of Autism/PDD. So if you can't get him to eat like I had explained, then I would speak to his pediatrician and/or a nutritionist about this. Hope this helps!

Renee - posted on 02/02/2011

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Most kids on the spectrum have food issues. Not necessarily picky. It could be smell, texture, or appearance of the food which turns hin off. Alot of kids on the spectrum prefer to eat foods they are conmfortable with. It is often referred to as the "tan diet". It's predictable and safe to them. Make a list of the foods he will eat regularly and try adding to those. Look at the qualities of those foods and try to build on those see if he is getting proper nutrition. I've seen kids live on nothing but waffles and one kind of fruit for weeks on end. There is a book called "Just One Bite" that may be helpful to you as well. Good luck!

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