19 month old won't eat!

Kim - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is teething and although he has most of his teeth now ( a couple of molars left to come through)

he will barely eat anything, it is as if his appetite has completely gone, he has the odd piece of banana and some grapes along with one or two baby bells but if you show him a plate, fork or spoon he goes crazy.

We went to the doctor for a check up and he is underweight, they told us to feed him any old junk just to get his weight up but I feel really bad giving him chocolate and ice cream which are some of the only things he will entertain. Do I just wait it out and try and fatten him up with junk?

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Tanya - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son has been going through the same phase!!! He is 20 months old and is also teething, but has a lot of his teeth and molars already in. Some days he eats really well, most days he just picks at his food and spits most of it out. I just write it off as a phase that he is going through and figure that if he gets really hungry, he will eat and that there is no sense in forcing him to eat. And I especially don't want to get him into the bad habit of constantly wanting to eat junk food!! Hang in there, I'm sure these picky eaters will soon come around and want to eat every thing in sight!!!

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My daughter is 8yrs old now but when she was that age she was the same as your little one. It's hard to see them not wanting to eat but remember there stomach is the size of their fist and what you think is too little is just right for him to fill him up. As far as giving him healthy food try those shakes that have alot of protine. They will fill him up with the good stuff but remember he might eat and drink even less b/c those are very filling. As long as he is not constpated and has a bowl movement he is doing in my book. I know it's hard to see your kid not eat but just so you know they do out grow it. Good luck and be strong!!!

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Emma - posted on 01/26/2011

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im having the same problem with my daughter she is 19 months n its been going on for a few months now the doctor just said she doesnt need to eat just stick to milk but she wont drink milk untill she goes to bed, the only foods she will eat is chips bread/toast carrors crisips n chocolate! She is stick thin too n i cant afford to keep buyin all tgese different foods what can i do please help me.

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my son is underweight as well. i was underweight as a baby. i know many children who are "under weight". in fact, i think i know more "underweight" children than "normal" children, especially in this age group. i think every kid goes thru stages where they will be underweight. as long as he is not malnutritioned because of it then i would not take drastic measures like feeding him a bunch of junk food. i would get a second oppioion from another doc. something just doesn't seem right about a doctor encouraging you to feed your baby junk food. as long as he is HEALTHY his weight isn't that big of a deal. getting him "fatter" on unhealthy food is worse for him than being a little underweight. don't you agree? just trust your gut and pay attention to his health, not his weight.

also, maybe try V-8 Fusion juice. it has a full serving of fruits and a full serving of veggies in every 8 oz's. that way if he doesn't want to eat, you can rest assured that he is still getting valuable nutrients! (:

i hope this helped! (:

Lisa - posted on 09/03/2009

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have you tried Milupa cereals for toddlers???? it's sweet and chalk full of good stuff and if you make it with milk it's even better for him :0) it's better than junk :0) and hang in there.....we have eating issues with our son too!

Mary - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter also went through a phase when she would barely eat anything (from about 1-2 years old). I would give her the food that I knew she would eat, but in small portions. I always made sure that there were other options on her plate and tried to encourage her to eat them. After awhile I just stopped fighting with her and she is finally starting to get better and try new things without getting upset (she is now 2 1/2).

Pamela - posted on 08/31/2009

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im going thru the same thing right now with my 16month old , he used to eat everything and anything !!! now he wont eat nothing i actually had to put him back on baby food because hes teething and i guess the chewing hurts to much , my doctor told me its normal and almost every baby goes thru this stage , they wont starve themselfs he will come to you when he's hungry , and i probably wouldn't fill him up on junk food because he will most likely get used to it and not want any healthy foods ,just try offering little portions at a time , he'll eat again just give him time : ) good luck and i hope everything works out for you

Carolyn - posted on 08/31/2009

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my daughter went thru this too so don't worry I gave her ready brek and weetabix, soft carrots stick cooked basiclly finger food that wouldn't hurt her gums and soft food because he can't tell you that his gums are really hurting him and when you think about it when you have toothache the last thing that you want to do is put something in your mouth, so it's the same feeling for him when his teeth are coming thru don't worry as long as he is drinking plenty he will eat when he is hungry, sounds like he has a super mum to look after him xxx

Veronica - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son is 2 and still goes thru times of not eating. He'll eat good for weeks and then all of a sudden and seems for no reason he won't eat for days. At first I paniced, he too was loosing weight and he's not that big to begin with. I took him to the docs and my doc told me to give him Pediasure and vitamin drops and let him be as long as he is drinking. So now when he hits those days that he doesn't want to eat, I still offer him food, but I make sure that he has the pediasure in his cup and give him vitamins. He is a very healthy boy and he has maintained a normal weight even without eating as he should.

Firebird - posted on 08/31/2009

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You got lots of excellent suggestions here but in case none of them work for you, you can get sugar free chocolate and give him frozen yogurt instead of ice cream... although if he refuses regular yogurt you might want to tell him the frozen yogurt ice cream.

Gina J - posted on 08/31/2009

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I wouldn't fatten him up with junk but offer him things that dont require a plate or bowl. Finger foods. I have learned one thing for sure in having boys. You can't make them eat when they don't want too. I would make things like grill cheese sandwiches and cook some veggies. Something they can eat with their fingers. I have noticed that some days they don't eat enough to keep a bird alive ( so to speak ) then others, they will eat you out of house and home. LOL But please stay away from the junk foods. As for veggies, try sweet potato fries or yam sticks. Corn on the cob if they have teeth. I hope this will help you and if I can help anymore just send me a note.

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Gina

Carolina - posted on 08/31/2009

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In instances when my kids went through their picky/teething stages, my pediatrician always told me that as long as they're nibbling on things here and there and drinking plenty of fluids, then they should be fine. But in your case, you say that he is underweight. Maybe you could try Pediasure and see if he likes it. Try soft foods, pureed foods, things he won't have to chew. It's tough when they're teething, but it will pass. I wouldn't give him only junk, that's like feeding him empty calories and nutrients. You could also try taking him to another doctor to get a second opinion if his appetite doesn't get any better. Good luck and let us know how he's doing.

Jennie - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son did not eat much till he was three due to some medical problems. He lived on pediasure and cereal. I was just consistant on offering the food especially when I was eating too as he was more likely to eat when I did. I would also advise like others to offer more of the healthy items he is willing to eat while your waiting for him to get his appetite back.

Kim - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Kim:

19 month old won't eat!

My son is teething and although he has most of his teeth now ( a couple of molars left to come through)
he will barely eat anything, it is as if his appetite has completely gone, he has the odd piece of banana and some grapes along with one or two baby bells but if you show him a plate, fork or spoon he goes crazy.
We went to the doctor for a check up and he is underweight, they told us to feed him any old junk just to get his weight up but I feel really bad giving him chocolate and ice cream which are some of the only things he will entertain. Do I just wait it out and try and fatten him up with junk?


I would suggest taking pureed carrots, peas, corn or any vegetable ot fruit and freeze them into popcicles and this way he is getting what he needs and the cold will feel good on his gums. Better chance he will eat it.

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2009

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and I would definately NOT try to fatten him up with junk food.. my niece is addicted to junk food and at 2 years old is almost 40 lbs.. will only eat fried food or stuff packed with sugar and calories.. her parents can't keep her away from it and she throw tantrums when they won't give in.. just wait it out.. he'll get over it eventually..

Shelly - posted on 08/31/2009

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Yikes, I too have gone through this. Try offering him yogurt, it is full of calcium and nutrients (if he won't take it from a spoon try those go-gurt tubes you can also freeze those so it will be like ice cream).



Rather than completely "giving in" to the junk, I would keep offering him healtier options like the cheese, bananas, yogurt and maybe even those gerber graduates sippers (like pediasure).



It will get better, he will eat when he is hungry even if it is only a little. Good luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son went through this about the same time.. teething and all... I just gave him little portions at a time and some days he didn't eat at all.. I talked to his pediatrition and she told me that it's a growth spurt and he will start eating again soon.. took about 2 months of this stressin me and my husband out before he finally started eating again.. after he started eating again, it seemed like he wasn't going to stop.. ate 3 pb&j sandwiches, 2 packs of ramen noodles, 3 or 4 granola bars, 4 cups of milk 2-4 cups of juice and a big bowl of broccoli and rice... ALL IN ONE DAY!!! I couldn't believe it.. he just kept asking for food and kept actually eating it all... The doctor said it was completely normal for some kids to go through this.



My suggestion is to wait it out and let him tell you when he's hungry.. he'll go back to normal soon.. GOOD LUCK! :)

Jennifer - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son went through this about the same time.. teething and all... I just gave him little portions at a time and some days he didn't eat at all.. I talked to his pediatrition and she told me that it's a growth spurt and he will start eating again soon.. took about 2 months of this stressin me and my husband out before he finally started eating again.. after he started eating again, it seemed like he wasn't going to stop.. ate 3 pb&j sandwiches, 2 packs of ramen noodles, 3 or 4 granola bars, 4 cups of milk 2-4 cups of juice and a big bowl of broccoli and rice... ALL IN ONE DAY!!! I couldn't believe it.. he just kept asking for food and kept actually eating it all... The doctor said it was completely normal for some kids to go through this.



My suggestion is to wait it out and let him tell you when he's hungry.. he'll go back to normal soon.. GOOD LUCK! :)

Kimberly - posted on 08/31/2009

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My now 12 year old went through this 'starving' herself. When she was about 18 months she would only eat cream of wheat or oatmeal....It is normal Just keep trying different varieties of food and different preparations of them..Now an option until he eats again normally is ensure or pediasure even slimfast.My daughter when little loved her Grandmas slimfast (I think it is gross) but it is loaded with all the vitamins you need and is better than eating 'junk' food

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