how do you make a child eat who refuses to eat

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

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I am struggling on how to get my 11 year old to eat who turns his nose up to everything. He is about 20 pounds under weight and I am very concered.

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You can't "make" someone eat. But if your child is dangerously underweight maybe you should consider getting a supplement drink for him to have every morning so he is getting some valuable nutrients into his body. Find out why he doesn't like to eat... is it the flavours or textures he doesn't like? Find out what he does like to eat and find suitable recipes containing those foods (but also add other foods to encourage him to try them). At 11 years of age you should be able to have a talk with him about his likes and dislikes and come to some sort of agreement about his eating habits. Good luck.

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