My daughter doesn't eat, what do I do? I feel she is not getting proper nutrition, please help!


Ami - posted on 09/09/2010




How old is your daughter? My daughter is 15-months. Some days she eats great, and other days she is just not hungry. Remember that you probably have days like this also. I know I do! If it's too hot or I'm not feeling well, then I don't eat as much as other days.

Do you have a feeding schedule you try to stick to? I try to feed my daughter at the same times every day, but of course it doesn't ALWAYS work out that way. If she gets hungry in-between meals, then I'll give her a snack. She isn't a particularly terrible eater, but she can be picky. I feel like I feed the same things every day and it can be a challenge to get her to eat vegetables, though she does like corn and carrots. She loves peanut butter, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, pizza, fruit, and practically anything on bread. Sometimes, I'll just make her a piece of toast, spread some spaghetti sauce on it and top it with cheese. In my opinion, as long as I'm not filling her up on junk food every day and refraining from giving her juice other than orange juice, she can't be doing too bad. She will eat when she's hungry. :)

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Erica - posted on 10/14/2013




hi there im really worried about my daughter she is three years old and has never eaten anything she only wants her cup she never even ate baby food any suggestions.......

Maggie - posted on 11/21/2012




Hello I'm really concern about my 5year old daughter that doesn't want to eat anything,I've tried to give different nutritions but she is not interest in anything.I even bought different multivitamin syrup they don't help.Please help me.

Sharon - posted on 09/11/2010




dont worry, kids will survive on very little... make sure not to be giving her unhealthy snacks or too much juice that fills her up. Some kids are just fussy eaters, she will learn in time. DONT stress about it... it will only make the situation worse... I bet ur daughter is never sick

Kia - posted on 09/11/2010




I would say she definitely should be on some sort of vitamins and then when she does want to eat just fill her up with the good stuff (fruits & veggies & grains)if she isnt allergic....I once had the same problem and part of the pediatricians answer was she wont starve herself...he was right eventually she developed a normal eating pattern...I also limited her snacking so she might actually be hungry at meal time...

Dara - posted on 09/10/2010




Is it because she is picky, or because she just doesn't want to eat? I like the schedule idea, and also, if you eat at the same time, she might follow your cue. I know that sometimes I am running around like crazy and I plunk my baby in her high chair and she ends up throwing her food on the floor. She always wants what I have, so I usually end up sharing with her. What will she eat? Maybe you could try hiding other foods in her meals so she is getting more good stuff, like puree some veggies and add them to spaghetti sauce. She won't know they're there, but she will be getting all the nutrients. Spaghetti sauce hides so much stuff, so you could even throw in some meat and some cheese, and then she's got all her food groups in one bowl, with the pasta.

Janelle - posted on 09/10/2010




Hmm.. depending on her age, get her a daily vitamin? If she is still a "baby" and she is lacking in appetite, I might contact her pediatrician. I know when I was a toddler, I would have two or three bites and then feel full. So i was given a daily vitamin chew to make up for a lack in nutrition. But I was eating to live, not living to eat. So it was a good thing. I ate till i was satisfied and it was a enough for me. So if you feel really concerned the best thing to do is consult the pediatrician.

Chelse - posted on 09/10/2010




She will be 2 on September 24th! I also feel like I am feeding her the same things everyday but I stick to them because I know they are foods she will eat. The feeding schedule is alittle messed up so I will try to stick to the same time everyday and hope there is an improvement! Thanks!!

Nikki - posted on 09/10/2010




my daughter is 13months and she messes around every feed, she spits food out if i spoon feed her and if i give her finger food she throws it on the floor or just plays with it! i spend most of my day trying to get her to eat even if its small portions because im so worried shes not getting what she needs. She has been weighed recently and the doctor says shes coming along fine which i wonder how thats possible?? Hopefully this is just a phase...

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2010




Sometimes I feel like my 11.5 month old isn't getting the proper nutrition either. My son's weight has always been low & he even dropped off some on his growth curve. His doctor wasn't *too* concerned about it, although she did bring it up & suggested I feed him more often. The only problem is that he doesn't eat well! How old is your daughter & what kinds of things are you attempting to feed her?

Line - posted on 09/09/2010




If your really concerned about her nutrition, besides trying to get her to eat better, you might want to give her infant vitamins and there is also pediasure it's like milk but it has all of the things she needs in a meal. Maybee you can try to let her eat fingerfoods or share a plate with her sometimes they want to eat what we have. Hope this helps a little and good luck

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