daughter doesnt want to eat...

Tiffany - posted on 06/12/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is almost 2 and lately she doesnt seem to want to eat much of anything.she used to eat 3 solid meals a day a few snacks but now she doesnt want to eat dinner and she'll pick at her food a lot.could she be like this because of the weather?? or is it something else?

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Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2012

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If she's not showing any signs of any other problems, don't worry about it too much. At this age they listen to their bodies far better than most adults do and will fluctuate pretty wildly in how much they eat on any given day. So long as she is still happy and healthy, just roll with it.

You didn't mention what the weather was like, but I would say it could be. I know that myself and my daughter get a bit more lethargic when it gets exceptionally warm or humid and that makes us not want to eat some days. She could have similar reactions. On those days try to give her things that are healthy but also cool and will help replace fluids like melon, strawberries, most fruit really, etc.

Barbara - posted on 06/12/2012

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My daughter fluctuates on that scale every visit, but does keep gaining at least. She's typically between 20-35%, once she was actually at 50%.

And sometimes she asks for a cracker or something really close to bedtime because she didn't eat a lot for dinner, but at this age they are better at listening to when their bodies tell them they are hungry. So I will give her a small piece of roast beef on cracker close to bedtime if she says she's hungry or asks for a cracker, or a small chunk of leftover chicken. I just gauge what I give her based on what she's eaten that day so far, and usually try to include a little protein.

Tiffany - posted on 06/12/2012

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thanks.she went to the dr yesterday and shes not underweight but shes at the bottom of the scale on average weight (10 percentile for her age).the dr doesnt have any concerns so as long as she eats something shes doing good

Barbara - posted on 06/12/2012

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My daughter picks at her dinner too. She eats well at lunch though, and she's not starving, so I don't worry about it. So long as what she is eating is healthy and good for her, don't worry about how much she is eating. Unless this is accompanied by other symptoms, fever, tummy ache, other pain, etc. Or if she starts losing weight.

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