My 5yr old refuses to eat lunch at school...need advice pls!

SANDRA - posted on 01/03/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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He won't eat cold cuts, PB&J, plain jelly sandiches (he used to-now he says he doesn't like them). If I put anything in a thermos (like chicken nuggets, soup, raviolis, hot dogs, etc.), it's not warm enough for him to eat by the time lunch comes around. Help! I don't want him to starve at lunch and I feel by just giving him crackers and/or pretzels that I'm not giving him a good lunch. I tried getting him to take a bite out of a ham or turkey sandwich and he nearly vomited. I totally think he has it in his head to not "like" it because we're pushing him to eat cold lunches. I don't know what to do anymore. He's not only like this with the temperature of the food but, also with his overall palette. I suppose that topic should go on a different post.

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My son is 6 and pretty much like this as well. I always get so stressed trying to search for things he will eat and make them look nice for him. I get up early to make it and then he comes home with it all there or I find out he gave it away and I just want to cry. He will not try new things and also acts like they make him gag.

What I started doing is I made a list of the things HE WILL eat and hang it on the fridge to try to help me preparing his lunch better. My son will eat some lunch meat, pretzels, crackers like your son so I just cut them up and put them in a little container like a homemade lunchable and he does like that. He also likes strawberries, cucumbers and carrots so I can switch those around.

Trust me I know how you feel bc they are in school all day they need the energy and we want them to eat. I try to tell my son he better eat or his teacher will tell me if he does not, etc so he will. I still never really know if he ate it, gave it away or threw it away.

SANDRA - posted on 01/03/2013

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Thx for the feedback but, yes, I know he won't necessarily starve but I feel that he's not getting the right nutrition if he's not eating a decent lunch 5 school days out of the 7. He comes home from school and wants several snacks almost immediately because he's hungry since he skipped lunch.
We encourage him to try things because I've heard that sometimes after a few tries, kids end up liking the food. And I don't want to discourage him from trying things. The problem with him is that he refuses to try it and automatically turns it down. I don't force him to eat, just willing him to try it.
I would be up for giving him snacks to hold him over until dinner but his snack palette only calls for pretzels, chips, cookies, and froot loops. He won't eat cheese unless it's on pizza.

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