Any tips for seriously picky eaters?

Adrienne - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 2 and wont eat much other than breakfast foods and snacks. It's very difficult to get her to eat lunch or dinner, meals often end in tears, even with foods she likes. Its like she just doesn't want to eat at all.

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Najmanz - posted on 09/01/2016

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Hello. I'm new in this group. My daughter is 15 months and she is not eating anything. Not even milk. I have to put her to sleep then feed her pediasure. Her weight is good and her height is a little below average. I tried everything like offering her food. Anything she puts in her mouth she gags and vomits. We did endoscopy and everything was good. I'm so stressed I really don't know wat to do. We tried therapy we didn't get any results. Anyone have any tips.

Nichole - posted on 06/19/2009

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my doctor once told me "when they get hungry enough they'll eat" and you know what....it was true!! My son is almost 5 now and he eats all the time and his weight is normal. However when he was around 2 he only wanted to drink and eat an occasional hot dog...haha!! Just keep trying but don't stress over it. It's a phase!!

Lisa - posted on 06/18/2009

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My, now 20 year old, son was the same way. He survived years, it seems, on peanut butter. Unfortunately, he still isn't a good eater, but is healthy and happy. He still takes vitamins and drinks 100 juice drinks.

Ashley - posted on 06/18/2009

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My youngest is simmilar. She is slowly branching out though. Try giving her foods you ate during pregnancy. I found that with my first she will eat anything as I did when I was pregnant with her and my youngest is much more picky. She really likes bland plane white food. Which is what I ate when I was pregnant with her!! (We live in Thailand so not the norm.) Good Luck!!

Rebecca - posted on 06/18/2009

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introduce her slowly to something new hve her try it if she doesnt like it dont force her on it she may come around later on and have a taste for it. some kids are diffrent i didnt like veggies but i love them now !

Tiffany - posted on 06/18/2009

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When my son was two years old he would only eat: Mcdonalds, Pizza, and chips! He wouldnt try anything else. So I called his doctor for advice and the doctor told my son this story about another patient of his that ate the samething's as Eric.



He told Eric, this is what I told the little boy if he didnt start to eat right, he would have to come in weekly to get a shot for all the nutrients that he's not getting daily because of his bad eating habits.



The doctor told Eric I'm not trying to scare you but in order to go and be healthy you need to at least take two bites of everything your mom put on your plate.

Christina - posted on 06/18/2009

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Try letting her help you prepare the meals. My daughter started helping in the kitchen when she was 1 1/2. She can help put ingrediants in the bowl after you've measured it, and also stirring. Alot of times children are more willing to eat something if they put in the effort to make it.

Leanne - posted on 06/18/2009

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My advice is feed her as normal.. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with the snacks you normally do in between.. If she doesn't eat all her food on her plate and makes a fuss don't force her to eat it.. Just try to encourage her the best you can and if it doesn't work then take it and refrigerate it.
If she is hungry after dinner tell her she can finish her supper and that's what she gets.. If she is seriously hungry enough she will eat it. They wont starve themselves!

Cathralynn - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Cathralynn:

That's my technique as well. At every meal I serve something from each food group. If I'm giving something new I make sure there is still something my daughter likes. Then I let her pick what and how much she wants to eat. When she's done she's done. I still giver her snacks, she's only one. But I do not give her snack foods. Her snacks are fruit and crackers, veggies etc. If she doesn't eat she must not be hungry. Then nothing until the next time, except milk (she has trouble drinking the volume needed from a cup so I offer it all day). I read you are teaching your child to regulate their own fullness and follow their own cues. I also was told that children at two stop needing to eat as much cause they don't grow as fast anymore. Also to ease your worries keep a food journal. Worry about what your son eats over a week instead of a day. He might eat more than you think!


Sorry, I mean daughter!

Cathralynn - posted on 06/18/2009

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That's my technique as well. At every meal I serve something from each food group. If I'm giving something new I make sure there is still something my daughter likes. Then I let her pick what and how much she wants to eat. When she's done she's done. I still giver her snacks, she's only one. But I do not give her snack foods. Her snacks are fruit and crackers, veggies etc. If she doesn't eat she must not be hungry. Then nothing until the next time, except milk (she has trouble drinking the volume needed from a cup so I offer it all day). I read you are teaching your child to regulate their own fullness and follow their own cues. I also was told that children at two stop needing to eat as much cause they don't grow as fast anymore. Also to ease your worries keep a food journal. Worry about what your son eats over a week instead of a day. He might eat more than you think!

Adrienne - posted on 06/18/2009

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No, nothing else going on. She just does really have any interest in eating other than starches. No fruits, no veggies, sometimes chicken...It took us areally long time to transition her from pureed food to table food.

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Does she have anything else going on??
My son is the same way. But he has sensory issues and other stuff going on.

Maddie - posted on 06/18/2009

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Just stay relaxed. Present bits of food and if she eats any of them, give lots of praise but ignore the fact she has not even tried any if she doesn't. Eat when she eats and she should be curious to see you what you or ohers eat. Don't let it get to you. Its not overly important and she will develop fine. There is always bribery where she gets something special if she just tries something

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My son (almost 3) is like that. It's terribly frustrating but I heard somewhere that kids are the only ones able to regulate how much they eat. Meaning, adults will eat and eat and eat, even when they are full. Apparently kids aren't like that, so they won't eat if they are not hungry. I noticed that my son would get worse if I hounded him about it, so I stopped.

Jessica - posted on 06/18/2009

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Keep introducing foods to her that she won't eat. But just make sure she's getting all her vitamins and nutrients she needs from breakfast foods. Try hiding her fruits and veggies in her food. It doesn't get any easier. My son is little over 3 and there are days he says "mom, I want candy for breakfast." and I tell him he doesn't get candy til after he eats something healthier than candy. I've been blessed with my son who will eat just about anything

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