how do i get my little boy 2 eat?

Natalie - posted on 06/07/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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has any1 got any ideas of how i can get my 5 year old 2 eat his meals. he wi;ll eat biscuits and sweets but it takes him forever 2 eat is meals. i have tried everything i can think of but nothing is working. i would be greatful if any1 can give me any ideas. thanks natalie

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Debbie - posted on 06/08/2009

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my 5 yr old doesnt eat properly either never has!!! at one point she was living one 1 piece of toast a day! But as my doctor said she will eat if she is hungry !!! I have now got her to eat by putting a normal portion on an extra large plate to trick her into thinking she only has a little to eat then if she clears the plate she gets some sort of pudding ( yoghurt, ice cream, biscuits, sweets etc..) and to be fair so far so good she is finally out growing her age 2 underwear lol... Good luck x

Gemma - posted on 06/08/2009

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i had the same problem with my 4 year old son i stopped all the treats between meals and if he eats his fiod all day i give him a treat after his tea

Shaniqua - posted on 06/07/2009

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have him help you prepare meals, eat with him, say "WHEN you finish your meal then you can have sweets",keep the tv off, and have the parent that spends the most time with him feed him. good luck

Marcia - posted on 06/07/2009

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I heard an idea on the Mom Show...I'm uncertain if it would work with your child (you're the expert him), but what if you had him help you cook? A lot of Moms seem to swear by it...just letting them snap the ends of beans or stir the pot you are or crush the tomatoes and then get to present his meal and taste it apparently helps...of course you've got to have the time to allow for this...tacos or simple quesadillas seem to work well for such meals. Also, sometimes if you let him help with the menu planning...for example if he gets to choose a meal a week that the whole family eats (just possibly perhaps put some parameters around this like it has to be a reasonable meal that you can cook...not ice cream for dinner).
Hope you find the perfect solution for you and your family :)

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2009

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have you tried with-holding sweets/biscuits until after he has eaten?



since he seems to have a sweet-tooth maybe try some sweeter savoury meals, using tomatoes, red peppers and sweet potato - try roasting sweet potato see if he likes it. tell him its a new kind of chip or something like that.



also blitz carrots and red peppers into some tomatoes to make sauce to spread on pizza bases - either shop bought or i'll post oyu a recipe that's quick and you just make it and fry it - no yeast, no rising etc.then he can either put his toppings on or you can arrange them in a smiley face.



or use the sauce with pasta, or as a dip for breadsticks, carrot sticks, cucumber etc in place of a sweet snack.



hope that helps, mand x

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Debbie - posted on 08/10/2009

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get ur self an appointment with your local dietician at the hospital they will help you. try giving him a smoothie made with fruit and veg and sugar to help build him up whilst you are waiting x

Natalie - posted on 08/10/2009

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i have tried everything and nothing works. he is on milkshakes 2 see if they help him gain weight but they dont seem 2 be working.

Carol - posted on 06/08/2009

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Thank you for posting this question Natalie! I'm having the same problem!

Jackie - posted on 06/07/2009

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it could be just a stage, as long as he's eating, i mean the sweets are the greatest, but you could just keep making him small plates of other stuff to see if he'll eat it and just give him vitamins.

Tiffanie - posted on 06/07/2009

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My daughter is going to be 5 and if she doesnt eat she don't a prize. We usually give her something small like a freezie or a bowl of ice ceam. If she don't eat and she makes a big fuss she goes to her room until shes ready to come out and eat. And if she doesn't feel like eating she gets to eat it for lunch the next day.

Kathleen - posted on 06/07/2009

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I like deceptively delicious, there's also a book called Baby Bistro. There's also websites that will help disguise the food. Though my 1yr old eats everything and everything I do make it different a bit. Using cookie cutters to cut his food, I made meatloaves in muffin tins. I make mashed cualiflower. It looks like mashed potatoes.

Jessica - posted on 06/07/2009

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well as far as my child goes..... he eats whats in front of him or he gets nothing at all

Corinne - posted on 06/07/2009

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have you tried the cookbook by jessica seinfield?? its all about how to hide veggies and fruit into your childs favorite meals without them knowing! the book is called "Deceptively Delicious" ...might want to google it online and check it out! i hope it helps!

Corinne - posted on 06/07/2009

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have you tried the cookbook by jessica seinfield?? its all about how to hide veggies and fruit into your childs favorite meals without them knowing! the book is called "Deceptively Delicious" ...might want to google it online and check it out! i hope it helps!

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