What do you do when your child does not want to eat anything?

Alisha - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My son is almost two years old and refuses to eat food. If he does eat it is very little. He has been on this little trip for a few weeks. I have put him on pedisure once a day. But have no idea what else to do to make sure that is eating enough.

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Greg - posted on 01/27/2013

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My daughter is 7yrs old and has been telling us that she is refusing to eat. She has also been telling us she will just starve when we have told her she can go to bed then since she made the choice not to eat. It doent seem right to let her make the decision not to eat. Have suggestions?

Kellie - posted on 08/14/2009

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My 2 and 1/2 year old has been going through this stage for a few months now. The only thing I can get her to eat on a regular basis is cereal and peanut butter sandwiches so I keep only healthy cereals and plenty of peanut butter. I also put regular meals in front of her and she'll pick at them then run off to play. This is normal For all children and they do "grow out of it".keep the things healthy and they will be alright.

Tangi - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have a 5 yr old daughter who is like that. She's slim just as I have been as a child and it bothers me sometimes. To make sure she's healthy whether she eats or not, I give her vitamins to make sure she gets what her body needs. You're doing good with that. They eat what they want and he's still young so, he's still exploring. He will grow out of it. He could have a small stomach too so, don't force him. He'll come around, don't be scared.:)

Barbie - posted on 08/22/2009

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start a multivitamin look on the bottle to make sure how many to give him 1/2 or 1 sometimes the bottle will say 2yrs.old ask a pediatrician call your doctor first thats important because of the iron....I would eliminate the juice, snacks, if any and try the gerber graduates(for toddlers) in the baby aisle at walmart they are little portions and my daughter was the same way but would eat them.

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Kelsu - posted on 09/17/2012

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i have a 6 year old boy it been 2 weeks that he never eat anything beside ice cream and yogurt and drinks a lot of milk... recently he had an sore in his throat... which cause him and infection and he is so scared to eat anything... what should i do... makes me worry....

Misty - posted on 08/21/2009

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My son would do this and it would drive me crazy. I was afraid he was starving to death but he wasn't. They will eat when they get hungry. Now if he gets to the point where you think he is loosing weight or you think he might have a tummy ache I would talk to your pediatrician but for the most part they regulate themselves.

Stephonie - posted on 08/19/2009

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Giving him pedisure is really great because it's a meal replacement. My son holds food in his mouth for hours so I just wait until he's hungry then feed him a big meal.(he's 2)

Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2009

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I went thru the exact same thing with my youngest. My advice is the same as the others, he will eat when he is hungry. I was giving my daughter boost for kids and she seemed to really like it. When she actually did want to eat I offered her things that were healthy and filling.

Jess - posted on 08/19/2009

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Don't force him to eat. If he like chocolate milk put carnation instant breakfast in his sippy, that way you can feel better about him getting the nutrition he needs and he will be happier to.

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Same problem here! My son will be 2 in Nov. On some days he eats so little, I worry he will go to bed hungry. The one thing he loves is rice, so on those days and after dinnner is offered, I'll sit down with him and feed him by hand. It just eases my mind a bit. As long as your child is of a healthy weight, I really wouldn't worry a bunch. Pediatricians say they'll eat when they're hungry!

Beth - posted on 08/18/2009

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My 5 month old just started food three times a day. She's gone off bottles and it's such hard work to get her to have on before noon. I guess the same applies, I worry that she's not eating enough. You know the "experts" always say when they get hungry enough they will eat. Just be patient and keep offering him food.

Amanda - posted on 08/18/2009

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My pediatrician says that they will eat when they get hungry. I agree with this. My 6 year old goes through those spells. I make sure he eats breakfast. As long as he is eating something for every other meal I am happy. I used to worry about it myself. They always want snacks though and you can get away with it being some sort of good for them. My son likes fruit roll ups or pop tarts, applesauce. That kind of stuff.

Echo - posted on 08/17/2009

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try food coloring.. green eggs or blue butter on toast.. just play with it and see what he will eat. u can also try letting him help u make things like pb &j sandwiches and easy things like that if he is an independent kid. good luck!

Sonia - posted on 08/16/2009

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i have my son teh same way and i give one vitamin in the morning and if he refuses to eat his meals he gets no other foods and by the time its lunch time he asks for food

Karen - posted on 08/16/2009

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Your not on your own. All kids seem to do it.. Mine too. If mine does not eat what is put in front of him he goes 2 bed hungry.. He always has 3 bowls of cereal for breakfast so im guessing he makes up for it then.

Pamela - posted on 08/15/2009

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Both my kids went through picky stages. I remember giving the pediasure then I made chocolate Ovaltine. some days they would just want crackers and applesauce or they would eat like 3 bowls of cheerios. One of my sons only wanted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. With all this being said whatever you find they want the most of I'd just give it to them as long as its not junk. My pediatrician just said continue to introduce the veggies whether they wanted it or not.



They are now age 4 and 7 and eat pretty good. We still have issues with certain veggies or they often whine about McDonalds etc. other fast food joints. Your baby is fine and your doing a good job.

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my daughter is 8 and we still go through eating issues and have always done so, i took her to the doc and he said she was healthy and she'll eat when she's hungry.keep giving the pediasure and he'll be just fine.

Rachael - posted on 08/14/2009

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He will be ok. As long as he doesn't start dropping weight fast! My daughter would only eat ground hamberger meat for 2 months when she was 2.

Amber - posted on 08/14/2009

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I'm going through the same thing with my daughter. I just thank goodness she is my second child and that my first didn't do this or I would have worried myself sick!! If he is healthy and active, don't worry, he'll grow out of it. Personally, I think it is mostly a power thing, at that age there is very little they can control except what they put in their mouth and swallow.



My daughter has times where she will basically eat only one thing, it may be applesauce and crackers, or it may be bread or whatever strikes her little fancy. But what I do is just give her choices and only keep healthy foods and snacks(at least where she can see them! lol) I figure whatever solid food she is willing to eat is fine, and I fill the gaps with pediasure and sometimes I buy her a bottle of V8 fusion, as lately she is refusing almost all vegetables. I also involve her in the grocery shopping, I ask her if she wants this or that and she is often more apt to eat what she picks out. The main thing is, don't sweat it or make a big deal of it. He'll be fine and IMO making a fight out of mealtime only sets you up for more eating problems in the future.

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All of my kids have gone through this. Around two seems to be the worse. I have talked with my ped's doctor and she reassured me "they will eat when they are hungry!" If he is not losing weight and is staying active; you should not have anything to worry about. My 2nd child went through a point where if she ate one meal and a few light snacks we were happy! She is very health. I would recommend try to not offer to many things to eat when he refuses to eat. They get used to that and it is hard to break that cycle. They may get to a point where they refuse eat what you are as they get older! Just keep offering him the same thing as everyone else. And when he is hungry he will eat.

Karen - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son is now 6 and has been that way since he was 18 months. Before then he ate anything and everything. My GP says as long as he is growing properly there is nothing to worry about and 75% of children will go through this at some stage. I have tried everything under the sun and now just basically give him what he wants but use bribery A LOT!! i.e. if you eat all your tea tonight you can chose your lunch tomorrow. This has only worked since he was about 5 though.

My heart goes out to you because I know there is nothing more distressing than your child not eating.

Also another tip is to let them graze for a bit. One idea that worked for a short while for us was to leave small amounts of food in different places around the room so as he was playing he would suddenly catch sight of something and eat it that way. A pain in the backside for me but at least it got food into him for a bit!!

Good luck

xxx

Rachel - posted on 08/13/2009

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Try to make eating fun for him for now use food color and shapes let him help you cook that worked for me! And alot of the kid foods that used to be junk are now actually good for kids let him go grocerie shopping with you and pick out some foods that might help

Felicia - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have a 1 year old doing the same she just start 2 weeks ago.i give her pedisure to.but she i still the same,just the eatin if it goes on one more week i guess i wit take her to her doc,to find out if its normal.

Jane - posted on 08/13/2009

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omg! my two year old has not tried any new foods in about 9 months! i was worried about her at 18 months and then at her 2 yr check up she had grown 3 inches...he'll be fine, he won't starve. they level out at some points and don't eat as much. maybe his back molars are coming in or he's just finished a growth spurt and is happy as can be. when they get more active, they get less interested in the every day stuff.

Julie - posted on 08/13/2009

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Don't ever force a child to eat. Like us they have their hungry times and their not-so-hungry times. Make sure that good, healthy choices are easily within his reach... chesses, apples and allow him to eat when he can. Make no big deal out of it and tra-lah! - it will be NO BIG DEAL!!! he will eat when he is hungry - I promise!

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He won't starve himself. At two their weight usually levels out. He'll eat when he gets hungry enough. Two of my kids went through that...and still do at ages 7 and 11. You are doing great giving him the Pediasure.

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