How can you get a picky eater to eat?

Heather - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 5 year old that is extremely picky. Every time he doesn't want to try something he tells me that it will make him sick. I have tried to send him to bed when he doesn't want what I make and it doesn't work. He also will go so long without eating that he does look sick his skin gets pale and he looks weak. I don't know how to get him to eat what I make please help.

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Kara - posted on 04/13/2009

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Have you tried offering him two things that he does like and two things that he doesn't think he will like.  That way you know that you know that he is getting some nutrition, but he has plenty of choices for something new.  You could also allow him to have the choice of having one thing that he doesn't have to try.  What type of things does he like?  Maybe we could see about what we could do to expand on them.

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