help my 2yr old son dosnt eat!!!!

Tammy - posted on 02/03/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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hi my son wont eat anythin other than cereal and things that are hard n crunchy, he hates things that are wet im so worried cos he dosnt get any fruit or veg unless in a yoghurt! my health vistior says 2 hide things in his food but he knows and just leaves the whole dinner plz help!! thanx Tammy

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Hailey - posted on 02/06/2011

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If its crunchy foods then raw veg is fab, and very crunchy. You can eat loads of veg raw, my kids help me prepare the veg and eat and try it raw while we do it. You could go on a crunchy hunt round the shops with him, tell him you have found the crunchiest thing in the world and show him a red cabbage!! Ummm sad to say but my 2 year old helps him self to frozen peas out the freezer. I leave the bottom shelf in the fridge for them to help themselves, they think its fun but its full of fruit and veg they can try. corn on the cobs raw are so fun for them, crunchy and pops too. Brocolli is another good one to pick at and coli. not so socially aceptable as raw carrots but more nutritious than cooked.
Its not so bad if he doesnt like wet food, loads of dry stuff to eat.
My best bit of advice is dont worry. Some kids just dont eat much. Mine didnt and all i did was worry for years with my first and made it worse for both of us. We have been conditioned to think we need 3 maels a day, solids from 6 months, and loads more. we are all different so dont worry if he doesnt fit in as long he is happy and healthy :-)

Amy - posted on 02/03/2011

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He could be teething. Does he have 2 yr molars in? My daughter barely at a thing when her teeth were coming in. I wondered how she survived! IF it's teeth, the hard stuff certainly will feel good on his teeth. My son is starting to go through this too. I froze fruits and put them through the blender and he thought it was like ice cream. Got his spoon out and dug in. He does well chewing on carrots. I just refuse to give him his junkie foods. He gets cereal in the morning with breakfast, but i don't give it to him the rest of the day. He will snack on a toasted bagel with butter. - also crunchy. Or whole grain toast. Veggies usually go over covered in cheese or butter. Just keep offering only the healthy stuff. He'll get hungry and eat.

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Daphne - posted on 02/07/2011

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my son has the same problem and his doc told me it is just a faze and they will grow out of it my son will only eat potatos and crunchy thing too and i do get worried but they go though this about 2 he will grow out of it one day it will be like and then other he would like to eat something else

Krissy - posted on 02/07/2011

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oh, and you could try just NOT offering the cereal and stuff. Just put him down and don't make a big deal out of what he's eating, eat with him, though, so he sees you like it...

Here's the tough part.. (don't follow my advice if he's dangerously underweight!!!) ... don't feed him or let him snack... if he doesn't eat it the first meal. He will be hungrier the next meal if he didn't just load up on fruit loops.

Krissy - posted on 02/07/2011

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Interesting to think of the tactile issues... that's not something I thought of.

But I just have the suggestion of trying veggie and fruit "chips"... no they aren't the best, but you can get the more organic ones and they would have less sugar. Also, they've started making puffs out of veggies and such... Does your child do french fries? If so, you can bread and bake (or fry) a variety of veggies like carrot sticks, onion, sweet potato, etc... and will he try them with ranch dip?

Also, my daughter has been chewing raw carrots, apples, etc... for at least a year now. She's almost three. At first, I cut the apples into thin slices, but left the skin on. She now eats the whole apple without my needing to cut it up.

As for hiding foods, you can puree some veggies and mix it with pizza sauce and make a pizza, if that's somethign he'd eat... also can puree any veggie and hide a few spoonfuls in juice, or try the veggie/fruit juices... look for the lower sugar ones.

Delani - posted on 02/07/2011

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Don't know where you live but you may want to call your Health dept and request that Early On come to your home to do some testing it sounds like a Tactile problem... witch could lead to other Tactile issues. Early On is in most states and can be very helpful... They can help with therapy to help resolve some of the problem.

Hailey - posted on 02/07/2011

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No problem. I wish i had circle of mums when my Liesel was little, i was a jibbering wreck! All i had was the in laws with their tough love and cry it out approaches and force feed or starve them tactics (and they wonder why they never got asked to babysit) She wouldnt eat, id cry, she wouldnt brush her teeth, id cry, she wouldnt sleep either. All she wanted to do was breast feed! And of cause i thought it was all my fault because it was my first and had no idea what i was doing. Turns out i did coz she is fab! Trust yourself x

Tammy - posted on 02/04/2011

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thanx 4 ur comments nice 2 no im not the only 1 going thru this! will just have 2 keep tryin with him and hopefully he will eat it!

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2011

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nutripals will be your bestfriend! my little girl wont eat unless its unheathly food. so i went with the nutripals that way i no she is getting what she needs. i most just be a 2 year old thing lol. good luck and keep trying.

Chrissy - posted on 02/03/2011

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glad to see ur son wont eat wet food as my girl wont ear wet food and my health visitor told me to give her the food i want her to eat and thats it, but starving my girl wont work as she wont give in,iv been putting multi vits in her drinks as she to wont eat veg or fruit, she was 2&1/2 at christmas, and has started to eat pasta but this is the wettest food she will eat all i do is give her the same food as us but chande it abit so no gravy, or if its something i know she wont tuch i give her nuggets and things like that and offer her bits off my plait i cant help u make him eat as iv done everything iv been told to do and none have worked for us

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