Very Picky eater

Ashley - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter has all of a sudden stopped eating the food I prepare for lunch, Dinner. Ex: Baked Chicken, rice and a veggie. She use to eat chicken nuggetts, scrambled eggs, rice, spaghetti and many other things. Now she barely touches anything we give her.. She use to love almost all baby foods and once she started table food she refuses to eat any fruits unless they are jarred and the only veggie she will eat is greenbeans.



I am afraid she is not getting the proper nutrition that she needs. She will only eat lipton soup, hot dogs, breakfast sausage, yogurt, apple sauce and toast with preserves. Does anyone have any ideas of stuff I can give her???

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Nicki - posted on 05/11/2010

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I would be careful. My daughter did the same thing at this age and now, at the age of 6, her diet is limited to a few things that she likes and I have to bribe her to try anything new. Keep offering the new things and don't always give in to her demands. You are at the top of what could be a very slippery slope; you have to decide if you want to go with the flow and face the possible consequences of it going on for a very long time or whether you are tough enough and the type of parent who can say "no, you will eat this or nothing".

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Nausheen - posted on 05/13/2010

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There are milk shakes that you can buy that help to give the nutrition they are lacking because of the fussy eating...My daughter is also very fussy but compensates food for her bottle...what to do? I just give in and be grateful that she is content!!

Kerrie - posted on 05/11/2010

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I have the same issue. I have got around it most times with juicing veggies and giving it to her with a straw. ie: juice 2 green apples, 1 carrot, small bit of beetroot, 1/4 lemon, 1 celery stick, Also another one is 1tbsp of chia seeds sit in water 1 hr turns gluggy, then add to 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1tsp manuka honey and a handful of macadamia nuts and blend together and she loves it. Full of good omegas. Smoothits are the other thing she will always have. So i put banana, mixed berries etc with yoghurt and milk. Gives her the protein, fats, antioxidants.

Nicole - posted on 05/06/2010

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All my 23 month old really wants to eat is baby fod and carbs crackers etc....I am just trying not to worry about it!!!! He drinks plenty of milk and loves baby veg and fruit!!!!

Lindiwe - posted on 05/06/2010

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Well Ashley, I think you are lucky my son will be 23 months old soon & he doesnt eat half the stuff you mentioned! He just wontry new things & now his diet is limited to cereal, mashed potatoes, butternut & pap (thick porridge made from maize meal) So I also will appreciat eany new ideas and recipes from the group!

Lisa - posted on 05/06/2010

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Mine is 22 months and eating solid foods fine - but picky with what she wants sometimes. We think her front teeth are temperature sensitive.. it would explain why she wants cold water but won't drink it once we give it to her. So sometimes will give her cold water and have her use a straw to get pass the teeth. Also, she's very very fussy when a mollar is coming in. Keep an eye on her if you really think something's up, she could be in pain. She could also not feel well. Mine had a cold a few weeks back and refused milk, it took us a week to figure out that it was upsetting her tummy.

Kari - posted on 05/05/2010

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i have the same problem with my 23 month old son he used to looove spagetti now he wont even try it so we buy him V-8 low sodium an he loves it so that helps with the veggies and i also give him multi vitamins every day to help our with the rest of the nutrition too :)

Carmen - posted on 05/05/2010

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I've had this problem also, but i think i have came up w/ a solution. I fix a plate w/ 3 -4 foods on it, then fix a small dish of KETCHUP! :) Or ranch, whatever works... As long as she can dip whatever she happens 2 be eatting, she's content. I had a dr tell me not 2 worry, that she'll eat when she's hungry. That still leaves the nutrition part, so she also drinks Pedisure. It's got alot of vitamins & minerals, the only thing it does not supply is fiber so she ended up constipated. Orange wedges fixed that! :)

Carrie - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son is the same way, he just looks at something and decides that he don't like it, even though he's like it before. You should try the cups of fruit, they are individual servings of fruit like pears, apples, peaches, ect already cut up and the little cup they come in looks like a jar, that tricked my son into eating them.

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My daughter is doing the same thing, going in spurts too. I try to give her lots of snack food, the hienz cereal bars she likes. I also give her pine nuts, easy for her to chew and has a high fat content. I also give her oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar in the mornings then I also switch it up with eggs and toast and sometimes cereal. For veggies we eat cut up veggies like cucumber, mini carrots, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and snap peas. She also like cottage cheese, cheese and shrimp.
Did she cut her two year molars yet? My daughter hasn't, and i think that has a lot to do with it. Hope this helps and good luck!

Jess - posted on 05/01/2010

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in reality i wouldn't worry about her all kids go through phases.
I have a 5 year old that hasn't eaten reall food since he was 12 months old. All he eats is bread, yoghurt and a banana when he wants one. No veggies or any meat, rice or pasta. He eats nothing i have been to so many doctors and so on and they tell me all the same don't stress he will begin eating when he is ready just make sure you always have food around for her to eat when she decides to eat other foods.
If you are really worried then give her a multi vitamin each day.

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