Hey, we have eating problems?!

Inga - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 16 months old and she do not want to eat! She eats a little portion at a time. So, for that she could get enough food during the day I have to give her food in every hour. Is it normal? I would like to rehearse her to eat 3 tmes a day, but in this way it would not going to happen. Shoüld I continue that way or stay stricly to my opinion to not give her food so often and hope she get used to eat 3 times a day. Maybe she will starve that way and damage her health?

Please, if you have any experience, share it with me (:
Have a nice day!
Inga

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Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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i have a 14 month old that will not eat, but hers is due to being tube fed when she was a newborn, but i have heard it is common. we still are told to offer food and many different tastes and textures before a bottle and allow 30 minutes for eating. you dont want her tummy filling up with milk. try mainly finger foods because most babies at that age prefer to self feed.

she wont starve she will eat when shes hungry her dietitian says to make sure little food is given in between milk so that when food is offered she should be hungry, and also it is safe to starve a baby for 48 hours to get them to eat just to let you know. sometimes they miss out feeds for half a day and only allow her to drink water to try and get her to eat her dinner

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Inga - posted on 06/24/2009

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good morning:)
Yes, giving water helps sometimes, but not always. Tea, I give her HIPP tea...yes, this taste very well for her, but I must limit that too, because she drinks it all up and then give her food..heh..no way, then I may eat that food myself :)
But , thank you for advice and I will see what I can do about it. You all have been great help, because of making me feel better (:

Inga - posted on 06/23/2009

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thanks so much, I had no idea, if others in that age acting same way and was worried because of it;)

Bridget - posted on 06/23/2009

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I nanny for a 15 month old on top of having my 2 month old. This little boy started doing the same thing! So I told the mom and she asked the pediatrician what to do. He said that this was really normal for toddlers. Sometimes between teething and growing they get out of wack. The doctor said to let them eat when they are hungry and things will regulate with time. And don't worry she won't starve! If she gets hungry enough she will give in and eat. I hope this helps. And remember when in doubt call the doctor.. they can give you good ideas.

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