We can't get our 1 year old to eat any food, he will only drink formula or milk. Any advice?

Tiana - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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our son just turned 1 a couple weeks ago, we have tried for a while to get him to eat baby food but he screams and crys when a spoon goes towards his face. We have also tried regular food but he does the same thing. He will only have a bottle of formula or whole milk. does any one have any advice?

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MJB - posted on 07/18/2010

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Our nutritionist said kids control only two things in their lives, what goes in and how it comes out. Sometimes you need a speech therapist to intervene. Also, don't rule out GERD or any thing else. Creating a negative environment by making him cry will only create an aversion to food. I would let it be for awhile. My son , who has a type of dwarfism, is still on Ensure dietary supplement, even though he eats regular food. He i nine and cannot eat enough to sustain himself, even at 5 small meals per day.



So if baby loses too much weight, go to a suppliment like nutramagin, or something until it is solved. But we went through the whole GERD, wouldn't eat, etc. Our DR had us video tape a feeding. Boy you can learn a lot. He was getting fatigued after about 10 minutes of chewing and we were eating in front of the tv, a no no. , and it was a 45 minute dinnertime. I hadn't realized!



So I finally turned it into a happy experience. We ate at the table together, and sometimes we'd read a book and wouldn't turn the page until he took a bite. Always happily.



I would maybe give it a rest and take him to a speech therapist. They recognize many things, tooth or palette or tongue problems, or aversions to smell, texture, etc. She really did help! A lot.

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Lisbeth - posted on 07/19/2010

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MJB OH- when did I state for her not to feed her child and that eventually he will eat. What I stated was that she should just keep trying to put food like cheerios in front of him not that she should cut the only source of nutrition from his diet.

MJB - posted on 07/18/2010

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in answer to lisbeth roca, my first doctor said don't worry about it , don't give him formula and eventually he'll eat, children won't starve themselves. Mine lost 7 pounds, he was down to 25 pounds at almost 2 years. It's a good thought, but I would definitely rule out everything else. : )

Kathy - posted on 07/18/2010

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Try putting small easy to eat food on a high chair tray. Let him pick it up and feed himself. It can be messy and time consuming. After awhile, put a spoon on the tray so he can play with it and try using it. He gets to have control and conquer his fear of the spoon. Good luck!

Deborah - posted on 07/18/2010

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try him with yoghurt, mashed potato or banana or something to get him used to different textures.

Milk is easy for a baby, its just liquid and it fills him up, unfortunatley it isn't healthy on its own and he won't be getting the nutrients etc he needs from it.

Keshia - posted on 07/18/2010

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I would just sit him in his high chair give him something messy that he will have fun with even if hes not eatting alot of it he will get used to it being regular food and eventually if he is hungry enough he will eat dont give him so much formula have him eat the regular food first then a bottle or by now a sippy cup with whole milk would be best

Lisbeth - posted on 07/18/2010

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give him finger food to play with like cheerios, stuff he can mush up. just keep putting the same things in front of him it will eventually wind up in his mouth he probably will spit it out but keep putting it in front of him he will eventually eat it.

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