how do i get my 22 month old to stop drinking so much and to eat more?

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Carrie - posted on 12/11/2009

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I make my son eat his meal before he drinks, if you dont do this they will fill there stomach with fluid instead of food

Lindsey - posted on 12/07/2009

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My daughter does this all the time!! I stoped giving her drinks before food. That seems to be helping. After she eats I give her water.

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Coral - posted on 12/09/2009

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I'm glad to hear that its working.... I get tips from my peditrician if I'm not sure what to do...she's a good listner and has good advice

Coral - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hello Melanie,
I have the same problem with my daughter. What I had to do is use the portion control technique with her. I give her very little in a cup and if she wants more she has to take at least two more bites to get more to drink...... Since we eat together I do not get drinks for anyone until I see that they have eaten a good bit of their food and all get small amounts of liquid so she doesn't feel left out... AT first for the first couple of days she refused and acted out but eventually came around and started cooperating. The hardest thing is being is being consistient and not giving in to what they want. Remember to try not to slack once they get use to the routine.....I tend to get comfortable and just pour..... portion control not only goes for eating times....it has to be all day long.... small amounts of liquids.... and if they insisting for liquids offer food first. Hope it works for you

Anne - posted on 11/13/2009

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I am convinced that Milk and graham crackers can sustain life, as it seems that's mostly what my son eats.

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I've had this problem before with my son. I just make sure he eats something, cereal, some lunch meat, applesauce, and I made him drink whole milk. You get a lot of calories and nutrition from that. He's still active, and having plenty of dirty/wet diapers... Just make sure he/she is getting something. :)

Samantha - posted on 08/26/2009

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I've been having the same issue with mine lately... I know that from 12-24 months their appetites do decrease, because their growth rate is slowing down too. But just the other day, while at the dinner table, my hubby pulls out a can of soda, in which at that very moment I wanted to strangle him, for 2 reasons...#1 because I don't give my kids soda and #2 because I knew they would forget about the food as soon as they saw him drinking and my fears came true. My 22 month old was crying and screaming for it, and I felt so bad, that I told my hubby to let him have a sip, he wouldn't let go of the can and almost drank the entire thing.... but it was a learning experience, I would go with what the first mom posted, serve the food, with no signs of any beverage around, and in my opinion after he/she eats atleast half of the meal, i'd give 'em some water, just because I know that I can't eat an entire meal with out any beverage myself... But I have been doing that and it has helped.

Sheila - posted on 08/25/2009

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Good suggestion from Cheyenne. I've found Zoe has been drinking more and eating less over the last couple of days because of the heat. I must admit I eat less with this weather and I'm happy she's keeping up her fluids but they do go through phases. My health visitor at 1 year said that they might go days without eating at this stage. As long as it doesn't go on too long they should be OK. I found that advise useful over the last few months otherwise I would have worried unnecessarily. Also keep an eye on their energy levels if you're worried. If they're still being active no need to worry I guess. Sx

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