3 year old has poor appetite/Always wants drinks.

Jennifer - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 3 years old daughter has such a poor appetite that it worries me terribly. She will only eat a small variety of foods in small portions , and its soo hard to get her to try anything new. She also weighs only 27 pounds! She does however always wants to have something to drink. My husband and I have even tried to take her drinks away until she eats but she will go all day without eating.She does receive a multi-vitamin everyday but I know this still isnt enough for her poor little body. I just hate feeling that she's not getting the nutrients that she needs daily. ANy Ideas on how to get her to eat or even try new foods? And if there is anything else besides vitamins that can help her get the nutrients needed everyday.

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Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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Mindy - posted on 05/05/2014

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One of my students is going through a similar thing and I referred her family to a speech therapist that is also certified in feeding therapy. We learned that she has weak jaw muscles and her mouth becomes extremely fatigued when she is eating. The therapist related it to exercise, "Each time she takes a bite it is like doing a leg squat. She physically is unable to continue in the same way that we have difficult sitting down after a hard workout." Because she is so young, and this is how eating has always felt for her, she couldn't articulate that she was in pain. Through therapy sessions and practice, she is noticeable becoming stronger. She eats a larger variety a foods and for longer periods of time. While this isn't always the case in this situation, it could be worth it to have a consultation just in case your child is experiencing something similar.

Teresa - posted on 09/19/2010

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Hi Lisa, I totally agree with you on believing the juicer serves a great purpose for your children as well as any other child to be able to get their fruits and vegetables in a way they can enjoy them and I also think you are doing a wonderful job in giving your children a well balanced diet as far as nutrition. I also know there is alot of debate on vitamins and whether they really work or not. Our modern world is full of health hazards and public health scientists have found new evidence of the threats that our toxic environment pose to our cellular health. The air we breathe, the water we drink, even the foods we eat, contain substances that may be damaging to our cells. Any tissue that is exposed to the environment, including the skin and the linings of the respiratory and gastrointestinal passages, is especially vulnerable. That is why I supplement my and my family's health with Usana vitamins. These products are made to combat free radicals that we breathe in the air and all the other things I mentioned above to prolong optimal health. Just thought i'd let you in on some very important information because the public is not educated in the importance of supplementation; but not just any supplements that you can buy on the shelves at the market.......our products have been tested and are founded by a by a Scientist who knows the human cell and what it needs to stay healthy. So that's why I put my trust in USANA. Let me know if you'd like more information so that you can do your own research.....I'd really like for you to know that Usana is out there to help us and help the whole world! God Bless

Lisa - posted on 09/19/2010

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Hi,
I have three kids and I know how hard it is to get them to eat a wide variety of foods when they are so small and the portions are small too. I purchased a juicer about eight years ago and started adding vegetable and fruit juice to everything from their drinks to recipes. I am confident they have a balanced diet even when they don't have alot to eat. I know juicers are expensive but in the long run it will be much less expensive than vitamins. Also, there is alot of debate as to whether vitamins really works. There have been extensive studies about vitamins going right through your body and out in the urine. Nutrients are believed to be absorbed during digestion and with other foods. I have recommended adding fresh juice to the diets of all of my friends. Good luck!
Lisa

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and she also does not want to eat sometimes so we make little sandwiches into shapes that she is learning. you could start with just a piece of bread or cheese. another tip i read was parents made some rice and put i bit of food colouring in it that was their childs favourite colour

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Shimika - posted on 11/19/2014

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Hi there! My 3 year old son is exactly like this, although i havent weighed him recently he feels around 15-20kg (33-44 pounds).
Although i have gotten him to eat a full dinner basically by promising a hot milo before bed! I feel ad for conning him like that but its a way to get him to eat a meal, he is only a child and i want his body to be nourished.
I try to get him to have juice with his small amount of breakie, if i dont have fruit to juice up I usually have a multi-v juice in the cupboard for such occasions.
I find my son is a hell of a lot more grouchy when he isnt eating properly.

Also when it is dinner time he always ends up screaming and crying that he hates dinner and thinks it is embarressing to eat dinner. I have no idea where he got that from and am quite worried what the other kids at his Kinder(Day Care) are like.
Most nights he doesnt even have a bite of dinner. I get him to drink his juice though. Then he wakes up about halfway through his sleep complaining that his stomach hurts. Which i think is caused from the lack of eating. I've explained that to him and I hope he starts eating more.

Best of luck with your little girl. I hope she has started eating better!!

Melissa - posted on 06/27/2014

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My son is super picky, he eats healthy things but I cannot get him to eat a whole meal. Any suggestions for fun kid meals?

Yuki - posted on 09/22/2013

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Hi, i'm Yuki and my son who was 5 years old and having autism who are very poor appetite. He only want to drink milk all the time.
Sometimes maybe he will took some and most of the time he don't want to eat at all.
We was very puzzling and don't know what we can do.

Teresa - posted on 09/12/2010

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Hi Jennifer; my daughter is now 11 yrs old and I was very fortunate that she would eat her veggies and fruits as a child but what I have heard so much about lately is throwing veggies and/or fruits into a juicer and making a drink out of it.........that's a good way to get your daugher to take the foods that are essential for her......I know you did say you wanted to hear about something other than vitamins; well I've done quite a bit of research and you know with the way our food is grown these days; with all the pesticides and steroids they put in our foods to make them grow faster and larger; takes away from the nutrition in our foods; therefore forcing us to take vitamins to supplement those nutrients. I tell you this because it's what I have learned throughout the past 9 or so years during my research. I have found one and only one vitamin supplement out there that really works and has all the nutrients a human needs to stay at optimal health and that is Usana. I love the products I became an Associate and they are nothing but super good! If you'd like more information about these products please feel free to contact me and if you don't I totally understand because seems like you're really not interested in vitamins. But I can assure you; we really do need supplementation and why not use the Best!

Julie - posted on 08/23/2010

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My daughter is very picky and sounds about the same size as your daugher...she's about 28lbs and just turned 3 last weekend. I've read a lot about childrens' eating habits and how picky they can be. It's also been pointed out to me that children are getting the nutrients they need if they are still acting themselves and carrying out their day with good, healthy energy. We try to offer choices, cut sandwiches into fun shapes and make them different. My daugher loves a sandwich with wheat bread, strawberry cream cheese and sliced bananas. It's not traditional, but yummy! there's lots of creative recipes available. Look at picky eater books on Amazon.com. They have been very helpful!

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when my daughter was 1 she stopped breastfeeding but i sometimes gave her a bottle with 1/2 milk and water in it. after vabout a week she stopped wanting it and would cry during the night, we looked on internet and found that young children, and adults, can go through a phase and be lactose intolerance, she now has soy milk and has no problems now. so maybe you are trying to give her something that she knows will give her an upset tummy, like dairy
hope this has helped in some way

Lydia - posted on 08/20/2010

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Another thing my son's pediatrician told me is that some kids don't like to eat very much because they are too active. They told me that as long as they get one full day's serving of fruits and veggies during a week, that they're okay. There are also some juices that have the full serving of veggies inside... try V8 juices, they are delicious and i can't tell the difference and I'm an adult. :D

Lydia - posted on 08/20/2010

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Kids go through growth phases. My son did the same thing. I would offer her water a lot, and make sure the calories count when she does eat. For a while, try making what she wants and try something like pediasure (milk-like nutrient drink) or put her on whole milk for the calories for a while. She'll get hungry eventually. :) I don't let my kids be too picky anymore. I tell them to eat 2 bites of the "yucky stuff" and then get something like an oatmeal cookie or raisins (whatever it is that they do like). :)

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2009

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I hope it is just a phase but it's been going on since she was 1. She does have a rare skin disease called MASTOCYTOSIS and sometimes stomach problems can occur but still I don't know if this could be causing her to eat poorly or ifs she's just a typical hard-headed 3 year old. I do feed her whole grain breads and cereals, the only fruit she will eat is bananas, and she will Not eat any veggies.. I have even tried hiding things in the foods she will eat ;sometimes she can tell the difference and sometimes she can't. Thank you for the idea about milkshakes with different fruit mixed in. We have taken her to the Doc. several times about her eating and they tell us the same thing every time... Don't force feed; She will eat when she is hungry, Give vitamins, and even Butter up her breads really thick. And yet she still doesn't gain any weight and she still doesn't eat. I do want to thank you for your reply, so THANK YOU! ;)

Kylie - posted on 05/07/2009

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Hi Jennifer, I have been reading some books on Toddlers & they outline that its not quantity of food but quality. Any small amount is still good just as long as its healthy. Many children go through a "fussy eater phase". I wouldn't take her drinks away till she eats as she still needs some liquids to keep her hydrated. Have you thought about offering her milkshakes with lots of different fruit in them. Her weight of only 27pounds is a little concerning though so you should see your family doctor for some advice. Good Luck.

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