Help! My child won't eat!

StephanyHayes - posted on 09/03/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I can not get my 3 year old to eat anything but Ramen Noodles, chicken nuggets, and pickels. I make my family 3 meals a day, all meals with 3 different food groups and they get milk or 100% juice for their meals. Im starting to just feel like I cook food for no reason just for it to be wasted. I know its "just a phase" and this is the time when his development slows down so he does not feel the need to eat much anymore, however....he has been in this "phase" for over a year now. He doesnt sleep much due to his poor diet and is now starting to develop bags under his eyes.
Ive talked to his pediatrician about it and he just tells me its a phase, and not to offer him other food, unless he has eaten what I gave him first. He said, " give him breakfast, if he refuses to eat, do not give him ANYTHING until lunch, if he refuses to eat lunch, do not give him anything until dinner. By dinner time he should be hungry enough to eat anything you give him."
My son is a rebel, he simply refuses to eat. End of story.
I have even let him help me make food, Ive gotten creative with it and everything...

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Nicole - posted on 09/07/2013

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My Grandma did the same with me, forcing me to eat at least 3 bites of everything and i hated it, I also feel that it has made me more picky than I would be. and yes, I always offer bites of what I have even if it's something I have offered and he refused a million times before. I try not to force him to eat anything. At each meal, I give him choices and usually just let him pick what he wants. Sometimes that makes me feel like my 2-1/2 year old is running the house but it also keeps us all happy (me because he ate SOMETHING, and him because he ate what he wanted) if that means instant grits for every meal for a few days just to save me a little stress, then that's fine with me. I just can't wait until this phase is over. One good thing I have going for me is he LOVES milk and fruit juices, so needless to say he gets those all day long. LOL

StephanyHayes - posted on 09/05/2013

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Thank You for your feedback Nicole. I have tried so many things itsnot even funny lol.
I do offer him bites of everything I eat, lately I actually got him hooked on apples, but now we are out and I havent made it to the store yet. Ive always been good about letting my children pick their own things to eat and then of course I add in fruits or veggies or something with wheat or grains, but I thought for a while maybe that is why he has turned so picky, is bc he got used to eating what he wanted. And I try not to force them to eat anything bc my momma did that with me and my brother and we HATED it. There are actually foods I refuse to eat now because of what she did, and that was over 15 years ago! I know it's just a stage he is in but it seems like we waste sooo much food in this house and I am the only one who will eat leftovers. My husband refuses to. Most the time I feel like I am wasting my time by cooking for everyone.

A while back I read that even if you offer your child food and they refuse it, continue to offer it to them throughout the week or month. It may take 15 times of you asking if they want a bite before they actually want to try it, but they will eventually want to:)

I guess I just need to be a little more patient, whats another year going to hurt right ?lol

Nicole - posted on 09/04/2013

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I wish I could help but I have the same problem. My son who is now 2-1/2 will only eat snacks (chips and candy), instant grits, cheese, baked beans, and French fries. No meat whatsoever. :( I can get him to eat grapes and blueberries every now and then but he normally just sticks to those few things. His pediatrician who I have talked to often about this said most kids go through this. He old me to give him a daily multivitamin and just not to fight with him to eat. He told me to offer him whatever meal we have cooked, fruits and vegetables as snacks and show him that they are good by eating a healthy around him. So I make sure to offer him a bite of whatever I am eating and allowing him to choose what he wants to eat (snacks are limited) ad he has shown some progress in the last week or so. He has at least tasted a few new things I was SUPER surprised that he really likes honey bunches cereal. :) good luck

StephanyHayes - posted on 09/03/2013

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Needless to say, my school work is suffering due to lack of sleep and stress from this situation. I am obtaining my associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have an understanding that this can cause him serious health problems or worse if we can not get past this crisis!!!

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