my son wont eat like hes suposed to. he just picks at it. is that harmful? and what should i do?

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Amber - posted on 01/12/2010

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It's the picking stage. This is when you bust out your best finger foods with high protein and fibre, and let him graze.
Make sure there is food that is familiar to him and that he can grab with his fingers.
To keep the pickiness down, only provide a few choices on a plate. Cucumber slices, chicken cubes and cheese wedges are great for lunches
Grapes, crackers with penut butter and cheese cubes are perfect for snack..
Fish sticks, fries and carrot chunks are awesome for dinner..

It's always said by a pediatrician that if they are hungy, they will eat.. and it's correct! :)
Just keep offering healthy finger foods and he'll grow out of it :)

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter (2) has never been much of an eater. She eats healthy foods, but not very much of them. I'd say in a given month she will eat 4-5 what I would call meals. Other than that she just picks. She's always been that way. I used to be concerned but our ped said she's healthy and growing fine, so she's eating what she needs. As long as your kiddo is healthy, I think he'll get it figured out eventually.

Christina - posted on 01/12/2010

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My experience was that my daughters always ate what they needed. They are now 17 and almost 15 and very healthy. I provided a dinner nightly that was well balanced and nutritious; they chose what they would eat. One week one child would want all veggies, while the other was into the meat and then the next week it would be vice versa. I am a big supporter of allowing your children to make good choices, but always offer up good options. I have seen that catering to picky children results in finicky and non adventurous eaters. My daughters will try anything once and then make a decision as to whether they like it or not. Hope this helps!

Daina - posted on 01/12/2010

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If your son is young, let him pick...most kids grow out of this eventually. Just make sure the foods he is picking on are healthy foods so you don't end up with a junk food junkie. My daughter used to eat several small meals a day but we always offered her fresh fruits and veggies and now at age 4, she is perfectly healthy and sits down to eat an entire meal at one sitting. Just remember to limit the snacks they have in between meals because if you allow them to snack, they will make them less hungry come meal time. Hope this was helpful.

Daina

Sharyn - posted on 01/12/2010

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Sometimes kids do this, they eat when they are hungry, if he is healthy and happy I wouldn't be too worried. We assume that we have to eat three big meals a day but kids tend to only want to eat what their body requires, which isn't really a bad thing.

Sharon - posted on 01/12/2010

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Don't give him anything else to eat. Feed him the leftovers over and over until they are all gone or have gone bad, in which case, pitch them.



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