I need help with feeding

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I need help with feeding my daughter she is 16 months old and for a couple of days she was running a fever but its been about 4 days now that shes been over the fever and she still doesnt want to eat she just wants to eat snack. junk food through out the day I can get her to eat meals anymore. how can i get her back on the right track again?

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Cherie - posted on 10/22/2009

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hi jessica, the doctor just said she would eat in her own time as long as she was drinking plenty, which she does. And over the last week she has started to eat again, she is still very picky but thankfully i am able to get actual meals into her even if its just one a day better than nothing. Alot of mums i have spoken to said girls in particular can be fussy eaters i think as long as child is generally well and putting on weight just hang on in there she will eventually start eating again. One thing i did find with my little girl if i let her feed herself she actually ate more.

Hope this helps let me know how your getting on.

Lyndsay - posted on 10/04/2009

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Stop offering snacks. If you don't give her junk food, she will get hungry. If she's hungry enough, she will eat what you are offering her. It may feel like you're being mean or whatever, but she's not going to starve herself!

Cherie - posted on 10/04/2009

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hi
i have a 20 month old who has exactly the same attitude towards food as your little one, she had always been a picky eater but would eat at least two of the main meals a day plus snacks, but she got a virus which cause her to stop eating and drinking completely ended up in the hospital on a drip, yet since getting better the eating has got worse she will not eat anything except the odd bit of junk food, i have tried everything as well she drinks plenty of water and milk and wakes during the night now as obviously hungry. I have started giving her a formula which is like a food replacement to help give her the nutrients she is missing out on by not eating, maybe you could try this? i have also decided to take her back to the doctor to see if there is any under lying problem that is causing her not to want to eat. just know you mare not alone in the struggle to get your child to eat i have spoken to a few mums who also have this problem.

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Consider what she likes, make it at home. Start with fish fingers, let her put tomato sauce on her plate. Make her mash 'n gravy. Junk food is one thing, but choose the heathier alternatives. Instead of fries - get her mash. Bake her banana break, oat cookies, carrot muffins, slowly but surely you'll get your "old dauther back". Let this be a lesson to you, if your child get sick in future, stick to your normal routine, don't force feed or seduce with junk food.

Michelle - posted on 10/04/2009

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get rid of the junk if she cant c it she wont want it!! she still mite not feel well so do let her feed little and often! healty snacks eg. yourgerts, fruit. for her meals keep them at the same times every day and if she doesnt eat dont give her snacks she wont go hungery for too long,it mite seem crul bt its not her meals are more important than the snacks, she needs them more to build back up her immuine system!!

Jessica - posted on 10/04/2009

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see thats the thing i have yougart for you and apple sauce and all kind of fruit but since she got sick she doesnt want to eat any of it she jus plays with is when i put it on her tray. she will eat a waffle for breakfast but thats pretty much all i can get her to eat really all day. and this morning she didnt even want to eat it. I figured out that she has a sinus infection because all of the snot is coming out. So do you guys know what i should give a 16 month old with a sinus infection. she doesnt have the fever anymore.

Maggie - posted on 10/03/2009

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Don't give her junk! Be consistent! Fix her a meal and if she eats then good, if not then save it for later. Offer her healthy snacks if you give them - fruit, veggies, whole grain crackers with cheese, yogurt. At least that way you know she's getting some nutrition.

Kids are more likely to want to eat something they helped prepare so let her stir or pour or mix stuff when you're cooking. Also, give her some choice - corn or peas, apple or pear, etc. That way she feels like she has some control. Have some sort of routine for snacks/meals and stick with it so she knows what to expect.

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009

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My son's pediatrician has always told me not to force them to eat if they don't want to as long as they are drinking enough. She will eat when she's ready to eat.

Kari - posted on 10/03/2009

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It is always a worry when your kid will not eat but they will eventually come back around. My daughter will eat Campbells chicken rice soup no matter how she feels so I always keep it around as a back up.

Lisa - posted on 10/03/2009

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My Dr. has always told me not to push my kids to eat. As long as she is drinking and eating at least snack food, she will come around once she gets to feeling better. Just keep offering her meals but let her eat what she wants. Hope this helps.

Chris - posted on 10/03/2009

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Get her back into a meal and snack time routine. Offer her foods for meals, don't force her, she will eat when she gets hungry. If she doesn't eat, then put it away and give her the same food for snack. When she gets hungry enough she will eat. Also have her sit in her seat at the table with the family, make sure you and the rest of the family are eating what you are eating. Most likely she will want what every one else has. If she doesn't ignore her, keep on eating, and ignore her. Once she realizes that she's the only one eating she will come around.



I hope this helps. Have a great day and God bless.

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