Very Picky 2 year old eater

Kristina - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son is a very picky eater and has been for about a year now. When I try to give him something new, he cries and gags and wont even try it. He wont eat hotdogs, mac n' cheese, sandwiches, noodles (plain or with sauce), eggs, vegetables and list list goes on. I'm loosing my mind! How much long will this "phase" last and how can get him to even try new foods?

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Shanna - posted on 08/07/2012

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My son is very picky too and just last night i was cutting up a little meat for his plate(which Is the hardest thing to get him to eat) and I didn't really pay any attention to the fact that i was cutting them into shapes, which is something he is learning about and pretty familiar with. Well He yells out square....rectangle....and he's all excited, so I went right along with him and tried to encourage his interest. It worked like a charm...he ate all his meat and wanted more. Then when it came to the corn(which I usually dont have a problem getting him to eat; howver this time I had over cooked it and it was mushy!) I simply identified it a "Little yellow squares"...and gulp...down the hatch went the corn !!!!!!!!! Also I would suggest letters and numbers or using cookie cutters for shapes or u can just cut the food into smaller shapes yourself if u want. Around this age is when a lot of kids are learning letters of the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes.....so try to make meals fun and interesting to them....whatever is most appealing to them. Good Luck....I really think I've hit the jackpot here this time.

Shanna - posted on 08/07/2012

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My son is very picky too and just last night i was cutting up a little meat for his plate(which Is the hardest thing to get him to eat) and I didn't really pay any attention to the fact that i was cutting them into shapes, which is something he is learning about and pretty familiar with. Well He yells out square....rectangle....and he's all excited, so I went right along with him and tried to encourage his interest. It worked like a charm...he ate all his meat and wanted more. Then when it came to the corn(which I usually dont have a problem getting him to eat; howver this time I had over cooked it and it was mushy!) I simply identified it a "Little yellow squares"...and gulp...down the hatch went the corn !!!!!!!!! Also I would suggest letters and numbers or using cookie cutters for shapes or u can just cut the food into smaller shapes yourself if u want. Around this age is when a lot of kids are learning letters of the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes.....so try to make meals fun and interesting to them....whatever is most appealing to them. Good Luck....I really think I've hit the jackpot here this time.

Katrina - posted on 03/16/2010

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I can totally sympathise I have three children and they all went through the same stage. I suggest getting them checked by a doctor for tonsil or throat issues and then head to the naturopath as he may have a digestive problem. My children all had their tonsils out and my middle son had a digestion problem that we have just fixed through the naturopath and LOL he now eats everything and heaps of it. Good luck and well done for trying everything.

Laura - posted on 03/16/2010

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Have you tried getting him to eat what you are eating at the same time? If everyone else is eating something it might seem more interesting - or let him eat off your plate instead of making something different for him. Don't get too upset about it with him otherwise it will become a "thing" about food, make sure he gets a vitamin supplement and don't stress too much, it will work out eventually.

Iridescent - posted on 03/16/2010

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You've been dealing with this for about a year now, and it sounds like you've been making a real effort. The fact that the foods make him gag makes me question if he has oral aversions; speak with his pediatrician about it as well as asking for an evaluation through the school district (it is a sensory disorder). If that is the case, it can be treated. Also, speak with the doctor about having him on supplemental formula or something to ensure his diet is adequate in the meantime.

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