My 5yr old is a Pickey eater

Covalin - posted on 10/25/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 5yr old son is a very pickey eater.... i have to feed him when he's home to get him eat vegetables and other healty foods. He doesn't eat when he's at school. What do i do, I dont want him becoming under weight.

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Holly - posted on 10/26/2012

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it is because you allow his to do this. all behavior is allowed behavior. if he can not finish his meal he should get no treats. and he should only be given a certain amount of time to finish his meal... meal time should take no longer than 30 minutes at he VERY most... you need to let him eat his food by himself. don't feed him... that may be appropriate when they are 1 yo, but no older than that. you need to tell him. "Son, eat your food. and take bigger bites." or "if you can not eat like a big boy, you are going to not get a treat later" and stick to your words. there is nothing worse than a child who knows his parents don't have real consequences. a child can not live off of pizza and chicken nuggets and french fries and ice cream. don't even allow him to eat these items until he can learn to eat real food.

Covalin - posted on 10/26/2012

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Yes Holly i do, the only thing I dont have to feed him with is snacks, icecream, pizza, nuggests n fries ect, andthing else with veggies n meat i have to literally put it to his mouth to ensure he has something substantial. I think sometimes he's jst lazy or something.

Holly - posted on 10/26/2012

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wow, this would be VERY concerning... you have to actually feed him like a baby? like put the food in his mouth and everything?

Covalin - posted on 10/26/2012

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Thanks to everyone who responded, we do make things together that he likes, his favourite colours and all. The thing is I had to put the food to his mouth or else he'll sit there is a gaze. I have to bibe his or tell him he wont get something he asked for if he does't eat. He takes tiny bites of everything and therefore when he is at school he does not consume enough. I give him pedia sure to help supplement a meal, but i have to be there to ensure that he drinks it all. He has a way to tell me he's allergic to stuff he does not like...lol, smh. I just want to know that when i am not around him he'll eat a substantial amount of food that is filling.

Amy - posted on 10/25/2012

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My so is also very picky and he's underweight! My son won't eat breakfast before school so when I pack his snack and lunch I make sure he has options. I usually put a veggie in like peppers, cucumbers, green beans or something else he likes. I put in fruit usually a mixture of his favorites. I always pack a meat-sometimes a leftover sometimes just ham and I pack him some carbs usually some crackers or pretzels. Thankfully my son brings what he doesn't eat home so I can see how much he ate. I tend to overpack so if he "doesn't feel like something" he has another option.

Felicity - posted on 10/25/2012

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Hi, having dealt with a picky eater for years (she is now 9), she has always been this way. First you need to work out why, how long has it been going on, is there anything else that is impacting. Talking is a good place to start, listen to what he has to say. My daughter suffered stomach pain for years before she told me, as she thought it was normal. Get him helping with food as has been suggested, write down what he does eat, then try to increase the variety and amount over time. Try not to cave either, I do one meal, I won't make a separate meal for her, but I do try to accommodate what she does eat. For us its not just the foods, but also the amount, but as I've never had a big appetite I don't expect miracles on that front, but encouraging her to try things is a biggy. It needs to be a positive experience, I have been witness to negative experiences, that have left other kids really uncomfortable about food. All the best

FoxyMom - posted on 10/25/2012

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Well you can't force him to eat but letting him help make his lunch may be a fun way to encourage him eating. He will eat when he's hungary. My son is now 9 and all his life he has ate his veggies and most everything else. He tried to be a picky eater but he learned quick that I am only fixing one meal, if you are hungery you will eat, there is no way you dislike everything on your plate. Even if he did not eat he had to sit at the table until we were done. His food would be wrapped and placed in the fridge, when he got hungary I warmed that food up. He soon realized that I was not going to play his game and just started eating.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/25/2012

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Try asking him what he would like for lunch, and have him participate in making it. That may help.

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