hi hi! my 3 year-old daughter won't eat any meat, vegetables, patatoes or fruit. not in any form or shape! we've tried everything... does anyone has some advice?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/14/2009

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My 2 1/2 year old son doesn't eat veggies. He loves grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly. So I take shredded carrots and mix in the peanut butter and put it in between 2 pieces of cheese. It WORKS. I throw veggies in whatever he likes.....yogurt even. GODD LUCK!

Pascale - posted on 02/14/2009

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It may be the consistency/texture of the food that she does not like and not the food itself. I have a cousin that is 14 and still does not eat any of those items and many more. A dietician can give you some information about alternative ways to make sure whe gets the nutrients she needs. You may have to add things like ensure to her diet and vitamins and minerals. A lot of times children will begin to experiment with foods after they begin daycare or school when they see the other children eat different things.

Jackie - posted on 02/14/2009

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make sure you are giving her a vitamin everyday.  I noticed that they have ones for kids who don't eat meat, fruit, vegetables, so perhaps you can switch it out every three days.  I am a firm believer in not giving extra, or special food to my daughter.  But she hasn't gone 3 days without eating.  I couldn't imagine.  What has your doctor said.  She seems to just like carbs.

Shantelle - posted on 02/14/2009

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My advice is to use the foods she does eat and "hide" vegies in it. A great book is "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld. I recently bought it and have tried some recipes and they are fantastic! My fussy partner doesn't even know I hide vegies in his food! It's about pureeing certain vegies like broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflour, carrot and adding them when cooking. She has perfectly matched similar tasting food and colours. I can't taste them and I know they're there! But I also reccomend offering the vegies seperately too so she can still learn to try them.

Ellen - posted on 02/14/2009

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thanks for the advice! aïla eats spaghetti, couscous, bread, pancakes,... but even the coulor of vegetables turns her off. we tried not giving her anything else but she didn't eat for three days. how long can a mothers heart take???

Patricia - posted on 02/12/2009

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Quoting Lynnette:



I'm kind of strict in that I refuse to be a short order cook for my kids. They will eat what I cook for them, or they can wait til the next meal and try again. My mom never catered to me and made the typical kid food staples like some of my friends had (grilled cheese, beenie weenie, corn dogs, mac & cheese, etc). She cooked every night, and I ate what was made. My two year old is an awesome eater b/c I never gave in and gave her the option to get anything else. I promise you... when kids get hungry enough they will eat what you put in front of them. It's a battle of wills, and you can win.






Once in a while my two yr old decides she doesn't want to eat what I've cooked. I tell her, "That's alright, but you're going to sit there while daddy and I eat. And you will NOT get anything else until breakfast/lunch/dinner". Sometimes that gets her to eat, and sometimes it doesn't. But either way her appetite is great for the next meal and she eats what I put in front of her.






If you keep putting the healthy options in front of her like you want to, it'll eventually stick.






I totally agree with Lynnette and do the exact same thing!  My 3 years old occasionally puts up a fuss but knows that he gets nothing else unless he eats what is provided.  He has even on occasion gone to bed without dinner.  His choice but let me tell you...he ate great afterwards!

Angela - posted on 02/12/2009

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My three year old was like this from birth! We had some complications with his delivery and one of the "side effects" can be a picky/hard eater. The doctor kept reassuring us he was fine bc he was growing. But I was still worried. So I researched some vegan and non-meat meals that would give him the nutrients and protien he needed. Some of the good recipes became favorites for us all. But after all of that I still won't cook him seperate meals. She will eat - she just has to choose to! I would also ask your doctor about giving her vitamins to help. We give him flinstones but have to break them in half due to his age. Also, too much juice and milk REALLY effect her hunger. The biggest improvement came when I started cooking more and involving him in the process. Most of the time he just runs off and plays but at least his curiosity was peaked. Also, no snacks unless he insists. That way he's hungry. And by making meat in small cubes, on toothpicks or a stick (one of his favorites) he enjoys eating it. I hardly ever cook a chicken breast in one big piece - some times you have to double the seasoning or breading but it's tastier in cooked in small cubes. There are alot of cook books and cooks now that have sections for kids meals (some specifically for toddlers) and they are easier to make since kids are intended to help. I allways liked cooking but wasn't great at it and having kids stopped me in my tracks - until I realized he would eat it. So I'm allways looking for an easy recipe that WE like!

Luci - posted on 02/12/2009

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i totally agree with lynette dont make her fussy youll regret it for years to come! ha ha

Amy - posted on 02/12/2009

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try giving her juice plus gummies she will think it's candy and love it and it gives her the nutrition she is missing out on. Go here to readabout it in detail



 



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also things like veggie chips and cheese are good for getting the goos stuff in

Lynnette - posted on 02/12/2009

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I'm kind of strict in that I refuse to be a short order cook for my kids. They will eat what I cook for them, or they can wait til the next meal and try again. My mom never catered to me and made the typical kid food staples like some of my friends had (grilled cheese, beenie weenie, corn dogs, mac & cheese, etc). She cooked every night, and I ate what was made. My two year old is an awesome eater b/c I never gave in and gave her the option to get anything else. I promise you... when kids get hungry enough they will eat what you put in front of them. It's a battle of wills, and you can win.



Once in a while my two yr old decides she doesn't want to eat what I've cooked. I tell her, "That's alright, but you're going to sit there while daddy and I eat. And you will NOT get anything else until breakfast/lunch/dinner". Sometimes that gets her to eat, and sometimes it doesn't. But either way her appetite is great for the next meal and she eats what I put in front of her.



If you keep putting the healthy options in front of her like you want to, it'll eventually stick.

Luci - posted on 02/12/2009

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does she usually eat all those things and is going through a fussy stage? if it was me i would make my kids meals as usual and put them down for him and if he wanted them hed eat it if not he wouldnt but i wouldn t offer an alternative as it is just letting them know they can get away with having what they like when they like and is the start of a bad routine... it all depends how ruthless a parent you are really. as long as you know she likes what you are making for her dont worry and dont feel bad... shell eat when shes hungry. and dont let her know its bothering you as it may be an attention/control issue and if she sees you getting flustered shell do it all the more. hope this helped?

Mary - posted on 02/12/2009

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Check out this book- "Disease-Proof your Child- Feeding Kids Right" by doctor Joel Furhman. It talks a lot about getting picky eaters (that age) to eat right... good luck!

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