5 yr. old daughter won't eat meat! Any suggestions?

Rachael - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old daughter absolutely refuses to eat any meat (even hot dogs). Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do?

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Amanda - posted on 08/21/2009

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Peanut Butter. I have a son that didn't eat meat for about 2 years. Instead, I had to suppliment peanut butter for the meat. You would think he'd get tired of it, but he ate it nearly everyday in some fashion, such as a peanut butter sandwich, peanut butter and crackers, peanut butter and bananas or apples, etc. It kept him healthy, and I was encouraged by both his Doctor and the local WIC office to continue. Offer meat with her meals, but don't force the issue. I always had them take three bites of the meat and eat everything else served. It took a little extra work, but now he eats everything but hamburger. Good luck!

Mandy - posted on 08/20/2009

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From experience the more we as parents are concerned/nag/beg our children to do something the more they resist. I would advise going to your dr (without her if possible) and discuss a vegetarian diet for children and how to make sure they get all the nutrients they need. Then try to go on as normal, don't bring it up or mention it in any direct way to her so she doesn't get an opportunity to get attention form it.



When making meals, make them the same as normal (with drs advice in mind to makee sure she gets the nutrients she needs) i would still serve her meat and if she doesn't want to eat it, just calmly say ok, don't draw attention to the fact. Just tell her that she needs to eat the rest of it still.



Hopefully it will be a something she grows out of with time and when she realises she is not get your attention by refusing meat. If not at least you know how to manage a vegetrain diet and make sure she gets what she needs even if she doesn't realise it.



I hope this helps, and good luck!!

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Rachael - posted on 08/24/2009

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I would like to thank everyone for all the help and I will definately try each of these suggestions and see what works out the best! It does get frustrating, but you just have to be patient and things will surely work out!

Melissa - posted on 08/20/2009

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Maybe she doesn't like it? She'll be perfectly fine without it. Just make sure she's getting what she needs from other food sources.

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