5 year old not wanting to eat...HELP!!!

Crystal - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old used to eat sooo well and now i can barely get her to eat anything.. She will take a couple of bites and then say that she full!! Or, she don't like what is being cooked, but she used to eat it all the time... Not sure what to do... What can I do to make her eat more? Any suggestions???

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Julie - posted on 01/26/2011

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Remember kids stomachs are so small, we expect them to eat large amounts like us,,but really if she eats enough food to fit in the palm of her hand,,maybe 2 grapes, 1 cracker, and some milk,,,she could really be satisfied - don't let the "go large" generation cloud the reality that she is probably getting enough to eat. Good Luck,,and having her help in the kitchen and pick her own meals can help

Sam - posted on 01/24/2011

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stop giving her any snacks through out the day, only the main meals, i mean it no snacks, not even juice. only water. then she will be hungry for lunch or dinner, and actually eat. if she still doesnt eat much it could be part of a phase, but if this last for more than say 4 days, call your doctor and ask if everything you have given her is really enough.

Crystal - posted on 01/24/2011

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yeah i think it is just a phase... cause if you put a bowl of cereal in front of her or something like that she eats it all lol

Bonnie - posted on 01/24/2011

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I would say it is probably just a phase. I would just keep an eye on the situation to see if it gets worse. If she starts losing weight, I would take her to the doctor and get some tests done.

Tracy - posted on 01/24/2011

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Have you tried letting her help you in the kitchen? She could also help with meal planning? It can be as simple as choosing which kind of noodles to use for the spaghetti (macaroni, wheels, ziti, etc) or deciding whether to have peas, green beans or corn with dinner. Special place setting (fork, spoon, plate, etc that she picks out)



In the end, I do agree with Lissa. Make one meal, either eat or don't eat. Your job as a mom is to have the food available, not force them to eat. No dessert if dinner isn't eaten always a good rule, and you don't have to have dessert each day.



How about a sticker chart that she can use to mark all good meals, (75% eaten etc). Start small and as she accomplishes the goal, make it one step more then next round. She can turn the sticker chart in for a goodie. OR a construction paper chain to see how long she can make it. Can it go around the window? etc.

Crystal - posted on 01/24/2011

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She hasn't really lost weight but hasn't gained any either... she has always been small but doesn't really have the belly she had... she still weighs the same tho ... the doctors don't say she is underweight and she hasn't gotten sick from it.. i mean she does eat but not like she used too... i think it is just a phase but i'm not sure...

Lissa - posted on 01/24/2011

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Is she just eating a lot less than usual is she refusing what you make and then getting other foods from you?
If she just isn't hungry she could be going through a phase and as long as she isn't losing weight or becoming ill I wouldn't worry. Just keep offering her healthy foods and encouraging her to eat.
If she is just refusing the foods you make so you will offer her other things don't do it. She is controlling the situation and you. Give her the meal you have prepared, she has a choice to eat it or be hungry, she will not let herself starve. She might cry and complain but she is just testing to see if she can get her own way, don't give in to it and give her other options. Don't make a big deal about it, that will only make the situation worse. Just explain she can eat it or not but she isn't getting anything else.

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