Smoothies/Meal Replacements for 24months?

Ann - posted on 08/14/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I've had a lot of people chew my ear on this subject, but all i'm looking for is some helpful advice and opinions not for you to jump down my throat, if you feel like doing that, then please go elsewhere :)

About 2 months ago my 24month old DD started this phase of just not eating. You put anything that's solid in front of her, she'll just push it away, give it back, or throw it on the floor. My pediatrician before we moved said it's just a phase, just give her formula in the mean time. In the last month she's lost about 7lbs from not eating, sometimes she doesn't even want her formula, or milk. I'm constantly afraid she's going to get severely malnourished or really sick. Is there a way I can get nutrients into her, like to go and buy a crap ton of pediasure or make my own mixed veg/fruit smoothies/meal replacements so she at least gets something into her poor little body? I'm running out of options here.


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Ev - posted on 08/14/2013




I have to agree with Chet. But I also have seen kids that have been on that Pedisure and all they want after a time is that. Place a plate in front of them and they just look at it and then at you wondering when they get that Pedisure or other form of liquid nutrition. Its not heathly to give in and give them what they want. Also the medical problem I would check into. That amount of weight loss in a 2 year old is a lot.

Also, a kid is not going to starve. They will eat when they are hungry. Just be sure to have some things out that won't go bad and a 2 year old can eat. Just remember if this is just a phase then if she gets hungry she will eat what is in front of her.

Chet - posted on 08/14/2013




You need to talk to more professionals about this. You didn't say what percentage of her body weight 7lbs represents, but for most toddlers, losing 1.5 to 2 pounds a week is not insignificant. You have to find and solve the underlying issue here (whether it be psychological or physiological). A liquid diet is not a good long term solution even if it allows you to sneak in enough calories and nutrients. At this age your daughter needs to be learning what healthy meals look like. Honestly, I would be less worried about her being malnourished and more concerned about either a medical problem or the formation of unhealthy food habits and associations. Initially, I would have agreed with your doctor who said it's a phase wait it out, but I think 7lbs in a month is too much weight to drop. At this point, I would start keeping a food diary to document that she isn't eating (a doctor or nutritionist is probably going to ask you to do this anyway) and I would try to relax. You being wound up about what she eats isn't going to help. Toddlers love a good power struggle.

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