7 Year Old Picky Eater

Misti - posted on 04/23/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a 7 year old daughter who has always been an extremely picky eater. She is on a medication for epilepsy that causes her appetite to come and go. It seems as though she lives on hotdogs and chicken nuggets and not for lack of trying on mine and my husband's part. Even our teenagers rave about more healthy foods to try and persuade her to try different foods. I know all the substitutions for meat and have tried just about everything to improve her eating habits. Anyone have any experience with this or ideas to help me with her?


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Louise - posted on 04/24/2012




Sarah is right. Try and get her involved with the cooking. If she is interested in the food or had some part in making it then she is more inclined to eat it. Make homemade pizza and let her decorate her pizza with peppers, tomatoes, chicken, sweetcorn what ever you want. Make pizza faces or silly patterns. Also eat as a family, sit at the table together take no notice of her eatting or not. All eat and then get down from the table. If she has eaten great if not she will eat next time. Do not give her any special attention over her eatting it is something she is doing herself. If she knows she will go hungry if she does not eat at meal times she will soon join in the family meals. Its a hard lesson to learn and even harder for mum to watch a child go hungry, but if all she is eating is junk she will become ill and that is harder to bare knowing that you could of prevented it!

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2012




Stop giving her the nuggets and hot dogs. She can choose to eat what you make or not eat at all. She will give in eventually. Healthy kids won't starve themselves. Her epilepsy meds may affect her appetite, but this has nothing to do with her preference for junk food. If she doesn't want to eat at meal time because of her med, then save it for later when she does want to eat. Don't cater to the whims of small kids cause once they grow into teenagers, you'll have a major problem if they think they make the rules.

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