Help my son won't eat veggies, fruit, or meat.

Alma - posted on 11/08/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son will be four in March and we have tried and tried to get him to eat all sorts of different food. All he will eat is grilled cheese, eggs, romin noodles, hotdogs and toast. We try to get him to try whatever I make for dinner every night but he will not even attempt to try it and when we make him try it he starts to gag as he puts it in his mouth and then refuses to try anything else, and this is with all foods other than the few he will eat. He would rather go to bed with no food or he has asked to go into timeout rather than eat or try any new foods. Please help i don't know what to do.

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Joana - posted on 11/11/2009

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I was right there with you! My daughter used to be the same way even the gagging part! What i started doing was only making her the fruits and veggies that she DIDNT like and i would tell her that once she ate some of that THEN she could eat something else. It was hard at first a lot of whining but you have to stay strong and tell him that if he doesnt eat at least a little bit of what he doesnt like then he can eat what he does like. Sometimes my daughter would sit at the table for an hour but i would not let her get up until she ate at least a little bit. We kept that up for about a week then she caught on that if she just gave in then she could have what she wanted. Now she loves her fruits and veggies and i dont have to make two meals anymore! Dont show him pictures of malnourished kids you will scare him and you will have a lot more questions to answer!

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Kaitlyn - posted on 07/10/2013

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Hi im a 14yr old teen. I dont eat any fruit or vegetables ever. I dont like meat either. But i am the healthiest girl in my entire grade. Do not starve your kids into eating it. That will teach them bad habits later on like anorexics . Find things they like. I am super picky, but i eat 24/7. Im Almost underweight. Dont think ur kid is going to end up overweight later. If your serioud about fruit though, pick a fruit out and trick them. Dont say its fruit. If they eat like me just encourage a healthy daily activity. Try soccer starting young. Maybe hiking, walking pets, get them excited about doing it.

Cassie - posted on 05/07/2012

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Hi My son is going to be 4 next January and he is the same only eats a handful of things like rice, cheese and toast but wont touch anything else ive tried everything he just gags and or vomits if i force him.. i see this post is old but i want to know did u have any success?? i dont know what to do!!

Crissy - posted on 11/13/2009

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I have had the same problem with my daughter. I have tried all of these methods, and the only thing that seems to be working for my daughter is explaining to her (in kids terms) the benefits for eating good foods and I usually throw in her favorite characters. Such as, Dora likes to eat these because they make her smart, or Hannah Montana eats these that's why she has pretty skin and hair. It really all depends on your child, though. There's never one solution for all children. My mom suggested the starvation thing, but my child would go to bed hungry before she'd eat what I wanted her to. Plus, waaaay too harsh, in my opinion. Just offer everything, even stuff that you dont like, yourself, just to find things that he will eat, and keep offering over and over, because kids' tastes change all the time.

Demetria - posted on 11/12/2009

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Well lets see if I can help. For your fruit if you want him to try them. Mix them in maybe a shake for just him tell him/ That is how I got my oldest son to start trying things when he was younger I would put fruits in shakes or you can also try giving him Monavie this is 19 different fruits in a bottle that you give him twice a day I have all my children drink it just to make sure they get all their fruit in for the day. If you want more info on this I can explain it more. As for vegetables mix them in different things that he likes. And as for meat well it might be the texture that he does not like at the moment give give a pinch to try when you guys are eating and tell him if he does not like it after that time then you will not give it to him. But keep trying every two weeks with different meats that you have given him trust me he will not remember. Hope this helps

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2009

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Mine will eat fruit but not veggies. I get the V8 Fusion juice, and keep offering veggies. Eventually he will try them, but in the meantime he gets them from the juice. Another option is to hide them. Macaroni and cheese is great for cauliflower. Jerry Seinfeld's wife has her cookbook out on that. I haven't bought it yet, but am thinking about it.

Kaye - posted on 11/12/2009

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What you can do is put a small peice on his plate ever night, he doesn't have to eat it but if you keep doing it eventually they do try it or at least you're trying. I am a bit old school in the fact that I make 1 meal a night and you eat it or starve eventually they will eat a little. Remember that his eating is one of the things that he can control and you can't they like to think they have control of something and he may grow out of that. If he doesn't eat his tea don't let him fill himself up on drink like maybe one glass of water and thats it, but just keep trying and one day he may surprise you.

Valerie - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have the same problem. Everything I find says starve your kids till he eats, kids won't starve themselves...uggg, who came up with that. Sit and watch your kids starve! He is the 4th and the first to ever do anything like this. We eat PB&J, nuggets and cereal lol God Bless ya hun, cause I know how much I worry about his nutrition and health!

Mara - posted on 11/08/2009

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tell him that he needs to eat them all for him to grow faster...show pictures of malnourished kid...ask him if he wants to be like that if he doesnt want to eat veggies, fruit or meats...

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