19 mths, won't eat!

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have 4 kids and have never had a problem until now. My Daughter won't even try the food we put in front of her. I gave macaroni the other day and as soon as she say it she freaked out. I thought I have had to deal with just about everything, this is new. Any advice for a child who refuses to eat?

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Emma Shorty - posted on 04/21/2009

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People alway say finger food to me! My little was a nightmare to eat lol and still is but as long as she helps me, (whilest cooking) she normally eats now! and its still really mainly finger food lol Some of us are lucky to have fussy kids lol it makes them even more special! lol

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Cathy - posted on 04/23/2009

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i am having the same proble at the moment with my 21 month old and my 3 year old, they never hardly eat, i am lucky if they eat 2 fish fingers or a couple of nuggets, that is the most they eat. they throw there breakfast on the floor, and even there dinner they do the same, just finding it really hard to get them to eat at the moment, even if they just pick of my dinner its still only a little bit.

Jacy - posted on 04/22/2009

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see i may seem harsh to some moms but this is what i do with my 2 year old daughter.
i cook one breakfast, lunch and dinner. you dont like whats searved dont eat but dont complain that your hungry or whine when your not getting dessert.
when my daughter refuses to eat and i get pushed too hard by her i make her throw her food away and shes done. (this upsets her greatly because she knows she made the wrong choice of not eating whats given). my daughter will eat anything i put on her plate just about.
i would give your daughter her dinner lunch whatever and if shes not eating by the time the last person (aside from her) is done eatingthen shes done and can go hunrgy. its not worth the fight. and i dont care what people say that thats too harsh but a child will not starve themselves.
reward your other children infront of her for finishing their meals. i would say doing this she will eat her meals after a couple weeks.
good luck i hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2009

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My daughter was the same way but just continued to give her the same amount of food on her plate. I didn't give her any sweets either when she was having this issue. She is a hand eater as well but I always give her a spoon or fork. She just recently started eating VERY well, sometimes I swear she will out eat me. And she is starting to use the fork and spoon some. I praise her when she does and she really enjoys that. It could just be a phase and hopefully will grow out of it!

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2009

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Thanks for all the help. Since all my other kids have never had a problem using spoons or forks I didn't consider the possibility that she wouldn't. After reading all your suggestions though I do notice that she is a hand eater, she eve uses her handsto eat oatmeal, ewwww. Thanks again, you have all been helpful.

Jaime - posted on 04/21/2009

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i also had this problem and i just sat out plates of things he could pick up. He was always picking up random stuff and putting it in his mouth so i just put crakers and things like that out that he could pick up and exzamine and then he would eat it. He is getting better now but he still will not eat anything that you have to use a spoon for.

Stacey - posted on 04/21/2009

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put extra on your plate, and let her pick it off, i have 4 kids too and one of my older kids done the same thing but he was about 2 and a half i also refused to give him sweets, crisps and crap! its hard hearing them winge because they want it, but they will eat when they are hungry, try giving yoghurt and cheese, easy food, but dont tell her its for her, just put it somewhere and see if she goes to it

hope this helps xxx

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