chewing and spiting out meat!!

Cristela - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My soon to be 5 yr old son is having problems eating his meat. He wasnt always like this. He will eat fried chicken,hamburgers,hotdogs,pork chops,ect...But it seems when it comes to eating any kind of roast,steak, all he wants to do is chew the meat then spit it out. Is this just a phase that he's going through? He use to eat everything and noe he is really picky with his red meats...Is this a real problem or should i just let him go through this phase?

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Tamara - posted on 04/02/2010

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it could be he doesnt like the texture or it might be the fat on red meat. my oldest son is the same way he will eat all the same meats as ur son but when it comes to the others he will chew it and if he thinks it has fat he will spit it out my 5yr old doesnt even like red meat hardly at all they both r a picky eater i dont force it but i do have them try whatever it is at least once before they say they dont like it

Kelly - posted on 04/02/2010

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Thanks Leah, I will try that this weekend. Hopefully we can get him to eat some turkey for Easter.

Leah - posted on 03/28/2010

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Okay Kelly, I have an idea, hopefully it might help. What about serving with an italian sauce, or just adding whole tomatoes etc. That might help a little ( if he likes tomatoes...) ummmm, other then that I will have a think and get back to you if it dosen't work. Let me know how you go.

Kelly - posted on 03/28/2010

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I have the same problem with my 5 1/2 year old son. He eats pork chops,ham,hot dogs,and chicken nuggets. But when it comes to steak or roasts no luck. He is always running to the bathroom to spit it out in the toilet. I like the idea of the lots of gravy, however my son doesn't like gravy. If you anyone has other ideas I'm game to try anything.

Carly - posted on 03/26/2010

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Red meat is really bad for you, so I would just allow him to go through the phase as not actually eating it is better for his health, in my opinion. I actually refused meats from babyhood on and my parents just let it go and now I am a vegetarian.

Cristela - posted on 03/26/2010

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thanks leah, i will deff try alot of gravy, and i dont think his bit size peices can get any smaller. I'll let you know how it goes..

Leah - posted on 03/24/2010

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None of my kids had this problem, but I remember my Mum struggling really badly with my brother, it drove her crazy. We lived on a property so one of our staples was red meat. It turned out the problem was the texture. Everything that you described above has a smooth texture where red meat has a grain to it. Maybe thats the hassle. Mum got round this by using gravy alot and making stews that softened the meat. She also upped his iron intake by using spinach and other veges like that. Maybe he will come round, maybe he won't, to this day my brother seldomly eats red meat, but he does eat it and he loves a good roast. Anything even slightly dry or tough though and forget it.

Another thing you could try is cutting his reds really small, so that they are easier to chew and swallow, making it less likely that he will chew all the juices out of it and then have a dry lump to swallow and not succeed. This may help, but it may not. Each case is different and each child is different, hopefully something I have suggested might help, if not let me know and I will give my mum a call and see what she reckons. Goodluck.

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