2 YEAR OLD EATING PROBLEMS

Jen - posted on 11/24/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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my just turned 2 year old goes days with out hardly eating he has breakfast fine then he will either eat lunch n not touch his dinner n some days he will eat his dinner three days in a row then three days after refuse to touch it i leave it sitting there for an hr see if he goes to back too it. also when he does eat is 4 to 5 spoonfuls enough

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Robin - posted on 11/30/2010

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From 2-5 yrs they are "grazers" have healthy food ready and don't stress. My ped always told me look at what they eat in a week not a day. They wont starve themselves

Laura - posted on 11/24/2010

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Mine does the same thing, they won't let themselves starve. They will eat if they are hungry.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/05/2010

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It is not an eating problem. This is a kid being a kid. They eat when they are hungry. Your job is not to force feed them, just offer a variety of foods at each expected meal time. Good luck...this is when it can start to get tough....just wait until the "I don't like that" stage....fun fun fun.

Marsha - posted on 12/05/2010

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The others are right. Kids won't starve themselves. Offer a good healthy variety and never force a kid to clean their plate. That will mess with their natural full feeling and knowing when to stop and not overeat. My daughter was a GREAT eater, She rarely turned down food, of any kind...unless she was sick. I took her at 14 mo to the ped. because she hadn't eaten much in 2 days time. The dr on call patronized me ..."first time mom-- Kids 'wax and wane' on their eating"...yeah, not my child. I told him to humor me and check her ears, as not eating in the past was her ONLY sign of ear infections (never pulled or tugged at her ears). I told him "you're getting my co-pay either way". Low and behold, she had a double ear infection...guess mom's do know.

Sue - posted on 12/01/2010

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I think they will eat when they are hungry. My daughter has her good eating days and bad eating days. I would not push food, there are to many obese children in the world. Stay healthy and happy!!

Sherri - posted on 12/01/2010

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He may have just had a growth spurt and his appetite may have gone down a bit. Just offer healthy options and I agree he will not let himself starve.

Janice - posted on 12/01/2010

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they eat when hungry, wait till they're a teenager, and you can't fill them up !!!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/30/2010

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My two year old does the same thing. I've asked around and it seems like EVERYONE experiences this with their kids around this age. As long as he eats SOMETHING, it's okay if he doesn't eat much for a couple days, especially if he is "making up for it" so to speak on other days.

Dawn - posted on 11/30/2010

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Cindy, I get where you are coming from and a lot of good parents let a child walk around with food. But, as a nursery school teacher for 7 years, I have to say "safety and manners first". Not sitting with food is a choking hazard and it makes the house dirty and it's just not a healthy habit to get into long term. I have gotten kids every year that went from the high chair to the floor and hadn't learned to have the self controll to sit in a chair. It is the first thing I teach them. In a class it is a state regulation, but at home people do whatever works. Just a different perspective.

Cindy - posted on 11/30/2010

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My son was the same way. Is your son very active? My boy was always very busy, running, exploring, and he hated to sit down and eat. If you can at least get him to drink Orange Juice with calcium, and string cheese, he can eat that while he is moving around. Also, Cheerios worked and sliced apples, because again, he didn't have to sit down to eat them, Hope this helps!!!

Dawn - posted on 11/30/2010

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Good advice! Remember that nutritionists tell us to eat off of a plate the size of your own hand. It's good to remember, that portion size is relative. If he is also having any digestive problems or has been on antibiotics, then you might check with your doctor about starting him on probiotics for a while. It helped my kid. He got hungrier, when food wasn't making him feel "yucky". Also, this age will usually only work on one thing at a time, so growth may not be a priority if he is potty training or getting used to a new class at nursery school. Weird, but true. You are doing great!

Jeannette - posted on 11/30/2010

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I feel better knowing that I'm not the only one going thought this. My 23 month old has been like this scene she was bout 5 months old i could not get her to eat baby food. The good thing is that she is growing just fine she eats when she wants so I cant complain to much.

Luann - posted on 11/30/2010

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Don't worry...Kids are like us, sometimes we are hungry and sometimes we are not. Just give him what he wants to eat but choose your foods carefully. Make them full of fruits and vegetables. Preferably stay away from sugars. Give him honey instead. Don't worry he won't starve, I promise you.

Cecilia - posted on 11/30/2010

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my sympathies ... i had picky eaters too ... my oldest son ate boiled potatoes w/butter for supper until he was SEVEN!!! i think you're doiing the right thing by leaving food available. He eates twice a day and that's good ... try a variety of stuff ... i was always told he will eat when he's hungry .. and also, that he would get married like that!! at 30, he married, and eats very well! have faith.

Edna - posted on 11/30/2010

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when my boy was little he did the same thing the doctor said he would eat when hes hungry try giving him or her penutbutter sand.

Karen - posted on 11/30/2010

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Thank you so much for posting this as this is what my lil man does! It's nice to know I'm not the only one having this problem :)

Bonnie - posted on 11/25/2010

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My 2 year old has started going through phases like that from time to time as well. As long as he is not losing weight, he should be okay. Just give him foods that he really likes for now (obviously a variety though and not just junk food) and see how that goes.

Louise - posted on 11/25/2010

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My daughter is the same age and does the same. Some days she wants to eat all the time and others she eats very little. Like you I leave the food around for an hour and if she does not eat it, it goes in the dog bowl. My daughter seems to eat more when she is about to have a growth spurt but other than that she only eats a few mouthfuls at dinner time. She is growing and is healthy so I am not worrid. She will eat when she is ready.

Helen - posted on 11/24/2010

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My 2 year old got a really nasty cold a couple of months back and stopped eating. He'd pick at his breakfast, have a reasonable lunch and then refuse dinner. We took him to the doctors in the end to check there was nothing underlying like an ear infection left from the cold. The doc was great and really put our minds at rest. A child of that age cannot starve themselves, they will eat if they're hungry. We started offering him his meal, which he would refuse, then giving him fruit as a second course which he would usually eat and then letting him have a yoghurt for pudding. At least that way we knew what little he was getting was healthy. He's still being picky, but he's not waking in the night, and even in the morning he's happy to wait for his breakfast. Just persevere, and try not to make a big deal of it (easier said than done I know!), and don't substitute meals with snacks (which my MIL started doing).

Good luck and hang on in there x

Christie - posted on 11/24/2010

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Kids go through spurts where they seem to never stop eating, and then they go through spurts where they eat next to nothing. It is common, and they will not starve themselves. You should check to make sure he doesn't have access to food when you don't know about it. We make sure to have set times for meals and snacks, and don't allow them to eat constantly. But don't worry. He is fine.

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