My almost 2 year old won't eat.

Kelly - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son will not eat anything. All he wants is milk. I even tried giving him pediasure shakes, and he won't drink those. Anyone else having problems feeding their 2 yr olds?

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User - posted on 02/22/2012

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MY Grandson is 2 years old and eats nothing but bottle of milk and animal cookies. He was a normal eater as a baby and then just stopped. He is healthy and no underweight but he will not put anything in his mouth. Not even toys like most children do. Its so alarming but he is a happy child. He also isnt talking yet and they say he is just delayed. Any imput out there?? Thanks

Nicole - posted on 09/24/2010

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im having the same problem with my daughter. i can literally hear her stomach growl and she tells me no mommy not hungry. i don't want to force food at her so i just wait till i see her her chewing on things than i give her food. anything she wants i give her. candy has to be after she eats at least half of something, anything!! my father always told me that they will never starve but eat when they are hungry. i worry but i also give her alot of milk which my ped tells me that that is why she's not eating. milk is filling her up. i don't give her milk and she still doesnt' eat. i think its the age. as long as they are healthy and happy i wouldn't worry too much.

Mary - posted on 02/05/2013

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Yes!! My grandson who will be 2 in April will not eat....same thing..milk..I make him homemade soups and pulverize the chicken, carrots and celery to a pulp and mix it with the broth..occasionally he will have some..likes to crunch so I'm looking for healthy cookie recipes..sooo worried about this....I cook for him all the time only to give it to the dog!

Marissa - posted on 09/09/2010

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As long as he is drinking milk, I wouldnt worry. Kids faze in and out of eating. I always remember my Paed saying to me a child will never allow themselves to starve and they will eat when they are hungry. Sometimes my daughter goes through this for about 2 weeks, and then she eats like a wolf. I wouldnt worry my dear. xo

Shanna - posted on 08/07/2012

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My son is very picky too and just last night i was cutting up a little meat for his plate(which Is the hardest thing to get him to eat) and I didn't really pay any attention to the fact that i was cutting them into shapes, which is something he is learning about and pretty familiar with. Well He yells out square....rectangle....and he's all excited, so I went right along with him and tried to encourage his interest. It worked like a charm...he ate all his meat and wanted more. Then when it came to the corn(which I usually dont have a problem getting him to eat; howver this time I had over cooked it and it was mushy!) I simply identified it a "Little yellow squares"...and gulp...down the hatch went the corn !!!!!!!!! Also I would suggest letters and numbers or using cookie cutters for shapes or u can just cut the food into smaller shapes yourself if u want. Around this age is when a lot of kids are learning letters of the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes.....so try to make meals fun and interesting to them....whatever is most appealing to them. Good Luck....I really think I've hit the jackpot here this time.

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Shay - posted on 02/24/2014

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My son also will not eat...anything! He rarely even snacks anymore and he doesnt drink milk. Im at a loss :/

Lorra - posted on 09/22/2010

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I have a friend whose daughter would do this. Her ped said to offer food first, milk second. So when she wakes up she gets water and breakfast. After she is done (regardless of how much or little she ate) she then gets her milk, but he said to always offer food first.

Kids do go through phases though and that's just what it was for my friend's daughter so I wouldn't worry too much :)

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2010

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I would definitely touch base with your doctor just to be really sure there are no health issues (sometimes not eating can be a sign that his stomach hurts or his throat hurts, etc.)

Once you rule that out, you just need to be sure he does not get dehydrated. Offer plenty of water and make sure he is not getting more than about 16 ounces of milk each day. Definitely do not offer the milk until he has had a chance to try eating.

I would also make sure you have regular meal times and snack times for him. Offer food only at those times so he learns when food is available and when it is not.

In all but the rarest cases, kids will not let themselves starve. Feed him when he is hungry and make sure he drinks plenty of fluids. This too is just a phase.

Amber - posted on 09/16/2010

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I'm having the same prob and my sonand he is starting to loss wieght b/c of it, He does like fruit and would eat it all day, but he's missing out on his protien, My suggestion would be to feed him whenever he expresses he's hungry and give him whatever he want's as long as he's eating and make up for it later. talk to ur Dr. maybe about supplements and vitamins.

Kelly Smith - posted on 09/13/2010

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Maybe try watering down the milk so it's not so filling. I know if I let my little one have milk before meals, he doesn't eat as well.

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We found a way to make our daughter eat. we ask her to "help us cook". she stands on a chair next to the kitchen island. we give her a box of pasta and ask her to take it out and put it in a bowl. she sorts it and counts it for like 10-15 min and then we cook that pasta. She LOVES the process. We also got a bunch of cookie cutters and we ask her to make some "cheese and bread stars". she is very interested in the process of "cooking". Plus all this food play makes her hungry and she eats enough to ease our worries. Actually we just singed up for a toddler cooking class offered by educational services of our local county. Lets see how that goes.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2010

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Stop giving him the milk. A 2 year old only needs max 500ml (2 bottles) a day. He isn't eating because he's filling up on milk. Offer the food first then AFTER he eats, give him a milk. Other than that, a glass of juice or water. Don't worry if it takes a few days for him to adjust to this, he won't starve. This was the advice I got from the pediatric dietitian I work with.

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2010

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Emma turned 2 today and sometimes she's a fantastic eater, and other times I can't get her to anything. I try not to worry about it. She does drink milk, and at daycare she apparently eats really well. I find it most frustrating at dinner when she won't eat anything, but then right before bed she tells me she's hungry. I just give her a piece of toast, with PB if she lets me, and more milk. I'm sure they will grow out of it eventually! :)

Leslie - posted on 09/11/2010

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My daughter does the same thing as Marissa's child. There are days she just doesn't wanna eat & others where she's a bottomless pit. On the days she doesn't wanna eat anything I just keep offering her food every so often or when I'm eating or making food for someone else. If she says no, then I'll try again later. And I definately make sure she has plenty to drink.

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I was told by my family doctor that basically as long as he is eating about a tablespoon of food a day and drinking plenty of liquids there is no real worry.
They go through phases. Just continue to offer him everything you eat at dinner.
Also try giving him the milk a few minutes into the meal instead of right away.
You'll know when he has a growth spurt, he'll start eating you out of house and home.

Jessica - posted on 09/10/2010

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My so will have 1/4th of a piece of toast, and very rarely eats any more then that and only has milk at night.
But he seems fine, children will eat when they are hungry. Personally I think so long as you offer the food, everything will be ok, just keep up the fluids

Tassia - posted on 09/09/2010

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Marissa is right...the worst thing to do is get in a power struggle with him about eating. That is something that they feel they have controll over, he will eat when he is hungry. My daughter just turned two on Sunday and she eats well some days and other days all she wants is fruit or cerial. If she wants cereal for dinner I let her eat it, fruits for breakfast, sure. She loves to eat helthfuly when she does eat so I don't worry. Hope this helps.

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