Picky eater 2yr old

Tracy - posted on 12/30/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello Moms!!! Now I know this may be taken a little seriously. I have a child that is def one of those "chicken nugget and French fries" kid! Every once in a blue moon, rice will be eaten. Cereal w/milk, plain pancakes are the other "real food items" that will be eaten. Of course chips, cookies and chocolate, too. It's very hard as I get bad looks or I feel very insecure in public and/or at functions.. Even around other family members!! No one understands that my DS is very picky and would rather starve than to eat what I try to serve! Won't even try it!!!! I hope this is a phase... My DS has never liked anything with funky textures and never liked anything remotely tart (to include strawberries and apples!!) DS only likes carbs and starchy items! Idk what to do... I had a coworker tell me it can be an eating disorder.......

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Samantha - posted on 12/30/2013

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Hun, most likely it is just a phase in your child life, that he/she will grow out of when he/she is older and can understand about healthy eating habits. I use to be one of those kids. I was really picky. I would only eat chicken nuggets, french fries and pepperoni pizza and that was about it. I would never try anything new and only on occasion I would eat a fruit. I never ate veggies.
Now I am in my 20s and I am a health freak. I don't drink any soda. I have not eaten french fries in a long time. I eat mostly organic and my main drink is water and milk.
What changed my eating habits was having my baby girl. I eat broccoli almost every day and love it now. When I was 15 and younger I was disgusted of broccoli. I now eat salads and am not scared of trying new foods.
Just try not to stress too much. Try to teach your child sweets and junk food as a special or rare occasion. Slowly remove unhealthy food from your house. Remember you are your child role model and he/she will most likely eat whatever you eat.
My baby girl is almost 1 and I breastfeed her and only give her grilled chicken, turkey, broccoli, carrots and some organic baby food.
I have never given her any candy or fries, so she does not know better. When she gets to be older like around 5 I will teach her treats in moderation like after dinner.
Don't worry, I know you want whats best for your child and that's all that matters.

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2013

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If you are really concerned then see your GP and get a referral to a nutritionist or dietitian. You need to rule out any medical condition first.
It's not normal or healthy at all.
If it was me I would stop buying the junk food. I have 3 kids and if they had the choice they would live on crap but I limit what they have and cook a meal every night.

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