4 year old eating habbits

Judi - posted on 07/19/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am the grandmother raising my 4 year old grandson who will throw up his food if he doesn't want to eat it, or if he doesn't like it and now he can throw up at will. His parents use to send him to bed, so he got his way and his other grand mother just gave him pedia-sure so now I have him. I am at a loss as to what to do to get him to eat food.

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Chet - posted on 07/20/2014

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Have him seen by a paediatrician. If possible, keep a food diary of what he eats and when he throws up for a period of time before he goes to the appointment... a week's worth would be good, but even two or three days would be useful.

I would try having him help you plan and prepare meals. That will give him a chance to have some input, and to have a sense of control over his food. Often unhealthy food habits have their roots in control issues. This doesn't mean that he gets to eat anything he wants, but you give him some choices and let him participate in the preparation.

It's very common for breakfast to be the meal of the day with the fewest issues. I wonder if he eats cereal and pancakes because he gets them at breakfast time and he's agreeable first thing in the morning. Or maybe if it's because those are the foods he's the most okay with... or maybe it's a combination.

I would try giving him cereal or pancakes for other meals and see if he eats them, and I would also try and offer other foods at breakfast to see if first thing in the morning is just the best time try and expand his diet. Don't do this all at once. It sounds like your grandson may have had a lot of changes in a short period of time coming to live with you, but someday that he has cereal for breakfast ask him if he would like pancakes for lunch and see how that goes. Or one day ask if he would like something else with his cereal in the morning, like some fruit.

Please see a paediatrician too though. It can be really harmful to throw up frequently, you need to make sure he's getting enough of what he needs in his diet, and there may be emotional or psychological issues that should to be looked into.

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Judi - posted on 07/19/2014

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the only time he doesn't throw up is breakfast. He will eat his cereal or pancakes. He loves the pedia-sure. If he wants to eat lunch he will eat it but if he doesn't want to eat he throw up. Dinner is the same thing. It can be mac n cheese it doesn't matter what it is it is weather he wants it or not. The other nite he downed a glass of water and threw up before dinner and said he didn't like what I was making (he didn't know what I was making) and that's why he wanted to throw up. No I haven't taken him to a doctor. I have only had him 3 months.

Chet - posted on 07/19/2014

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Can you give some examples of things he likes to eat and things he refuses to eat.

Have you talked to a doctor or psychologist about the throwing up?

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