hey moms what do you do when your kids is a really picky eater?

Latonya - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my kids is not a really big fan of meat and she ony eats when she want to and that's hardly Never.

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Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son is 9 yrs old and he has always been very picky! The only kind of meat that he will willingly eat is corn dogs, hotdogs, pepperonis, and chicken nuggets. He also dislikes mayo, mustard, BBQ sauce, pop tarts, white bread, peas, tomatoes, spaghetti...I could go on and on. The two things that he dislikes that throws most people off is chocolate and cake. He will NOT touch any of that!!! There are lots of people who think that I should make him eat what everyone else is eating or go without. I think that that is completely stupid and I will never do that! More than one predi has told me that if you try to force a child to like something that they don't they will dislike it even more!

Corrina - posted on 02/24/2010

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I am one of the mommies who just makes regular meals for dinner and if my daughter didn't eat them then she would be hungry until bedtime snack. She is four now and much better at eating a lot more things (still picky, but better!) I always make lunches that I know my kids will eat...peanut butter and jelly with apples and fish crackers seems to be the most common lunch here! Really, it does get better unless you always cater to the foods that your little one wants...I mean, I'd have eaten junk food and chicken nuggets too every day all day when I was a kid if mom had let me! And my daughter doesn't like meats much either...she does however like chicken nuggets...only certain kinds. And does NOT like french fries or potatoes! She will try a few bites of her steaks, burgers, and pork chops now too...but I have to ask her to have 4 bites before she can get down. This would have been impossible a year ago! Just make normal food and stick with it :) Eventually they decide they don't like being hungry at dinner time and decide to just try things!

Lorraine - posted on 02/24/2010

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dont make a big fuss out of it and just keep offering her foods. you can try to make it fun by letting her help i the kitchen or preparing her food into fun shapes ect eventually she will get over it as it is just a phase.
making a fuss out of it will only prolong the picky behavior. she will eat when she is hungry and unless she is severely under weight or malnourished i would not think much of it. one thing you should do is make sure to only offer her healthy things and if she does not finish her plate or make a good effort to finish then she gets nothing until the next meal.

hope that helps

Chelsea - posted on 02/24/2010

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My two oldest kids are 3 and 2. They were very picky eaters as well. I just made it fun for the to try new thing and they became better at eating healthier more. make pictures of different types of food. Let them help you color them in. Them buy some plastic place maps so that you can glue them on. Once that is done go over the foods with them and teach them what it is and how it helps your body grow. keep that with them everytime they eat and they will become more aware of good foods. P{ictures always amuses kids. Another thing is to make shore you sit and eat with them, so that they know your interested in eating the food as well. It really does work. It changed my kids thoughts.

wish you luck and hope things get better!!!

Amanda - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter loves meat and wont eat anything else if it is on her plate. What i have done is give her the food i want her to eat some of first then she can have the meat. If you try meat first, might eat it

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my son is'nt what I'd call picky, he eats well, ecxept for vegies. He wil not eat anything that resembles a vegie, I even tried raw carrot with no luck. So now at lunch he gets his sandwich and a small serving of vegies blended into mashed potato,he can't tell it's vegies so he eats it. NOw I don't worry as much at dinner when he doesn't eat his vegies as I know he's already had a small serving of them during the day. This worked for me, so maybe try the same thing, just blend her meat into some mashed potato.

Lauren - posted on 02/22/2010

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Does she drink alot? If so, that could be a reason she won't eat much. Don't give her a drink WHILE she is eating, wait until after. Drinking during meals dilutes the enzymes we need to digest and absorb nutrients in our foods.
It's not a huge deal if she won't eat meat, but keep introducing it in different ways. Just make sure she is getting protein from other things.
Make sure when she does eat, she is eating nutritious foods (fruits, veggies...). It may take sacrifice on your part- you may have to get rid of junk foods if those are the only things she'll eat.
Keep trying different foods in different ways. If she won't eat a plain apple, try an apple with peanut butter. If she won't eat raw carrots, try cooked carrots with brown sugar. If she won't eat grilled chicken plain, try chicken salad sandwiches. If she won't eat cheesburgers, try tacos.
And make sure you take her to regular doctor check-ups to be sure her growth is on track.
Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter (19mos) is the same way, one day she loves hot dogs & hates chicken nuggets & the next its vice versa. She is really not into any other kind of meats right now either..I have noticed she will eat certain foods if its coming from someone elses plate rather than her own. If your doctor doesnt see anything wrong with her weight everything should be okay!

Laura - posted on 02/22/2010

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It's okay not to like meat. It's actually a healtier choice. Just keep trying and make her try everything at least 8x. They say it takes a least 7 bites to adjust you palate to any new tastes.

Jenn - posted on 02/22/2010

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My sister was a real picky eater and the dr. told my mom that if she ate one good meal a day (say like breakfast) then ate like a bird the rest of the day it was ok. My almost ten month old hates meat and green veggies and I mix both in with a jar of her favorite fruit. If it's my 4 year old not liking the veggie of the day, I make sure she eats 2 tablespoonfuls and that's it. Hope some of this helps.

Crystal - posted on 02/22/2010

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I have a 7 yr old son who is VERY picky only wants to eat peanut butter sandwiches, I was worried as well cause he wouldnt eat much meat only hot dogs and bolonga. So I started to make homemade chicken nuggets and finger. For the nuggets I brought him to the store so he could pick out cookie cutters and then that would be the kind of chicken nuggets he would eat the fun shaped ones. Hope this works

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