Refusing to eat

Candace - posted on 04/29/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My little one will a year old on Sunday and because of this i've decided to make the swith from formula to whole milk. Up until a few days ago he had a pretty healthy appetite and would eat both table food and take his formula. For some reason, I guess he can sense he's about to make a swith to whole milk and i'm going to try get him to eat more solids because he's refusing to eat. Hardly drinking formula and refusing most of the food I offer. I'm worried that he's not getting enough to eat. My mom keeps telling me he won't starve himself he'll eat when he's hungry but he's hardly eating so I know he's hungry. I just don't know what he's willing to eat. Any suggestions on some foods that I can try? I've tried Oatmeal, mashed potatoes, cheerios, small pieces of hotdogs

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Jane - posted on 05/05/2011

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this is when first teeth or more teeth are cutting. it's normal at 12 mos for them not to eat. there will be times when all they intake is milk or just one food that will seem like forever. your mom is right, he won't let himself starve. patience...and teething tablets!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/30/2011

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Is he teething by chance? This could be a reason for the change. I would avoid hotdogs go with things that are natural and not loaded with sodium and artificial flavoring. Fruits and veggies (steamed veggies to soften them)...whole grain toast is good..you can try formula cookies (they make a mess but they love them!).

When you do start the milk do it slowly by adding 1 oz to the formula ...then the next day add another oz of milk to the formula..this will help his little body adjust.

Jane - posted on 04/29/2011

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Is there any possibility that your son could be lactose intolerant? You might try acidophilus-treated milk, like Lactaid, to see if the milk is making his tummy hurt. Otherwise just try a variety of foods as September has suggested.

I do know that for a while when my daughter turned two she ate very little. Basically all she wanted was "peas and papas" (green peas and mashed potatoes). However, whenever a growth spurt was coming up she would suddenly chow down on anything she could get for about a week, shoot up an inch or so, and then go back to "living on air" as my mom called it.

September - posted on 04/29/2011

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You could offer fresh steamed veggies of all kinds, beans of all kinds, fresh fruit, yogurt (our son likes fruit in his yogurt), tofu, meats of all kinds cut into very small pieces, well cooked pasta with homemade cream sauce, mac and cheese, cheese, cream cheese sandwiches, homemade chicken nuggets, sweet potatoes french fries, mashed sweet potatoes or yams, applesauce, beef roast with potatoes and carrots...these are some of the things that our son enjoys. Explore all foods and have fun with it! :) Good luck!

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Candace - posted on 05/05/2011

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Thanks for the advice ladies!! I've found the problem. He's getting his jaw teeth along with two more at the top so i'm pretty sure that has something to do with his lack of appetite.

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2011

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It may not be the foods your offering. Perhaps he's just bored and doesn't want to sit there. My son is 18 months old and at about a year he started trying to snack all day. Didn't want to have a meal, just wanted to snack and run. So I cut out all snacks in between meals and after a few days, he started eating really well at meal time. That lasted a month or two and than he started not eating so well again. I was lucky if he'd eat a couple bites and he'd want to get down and play. Every once in a while we get a meal like lunch today where he practically inhales his food and wants more. But I figured he must just be bored with meal time. So I started turning it into a game. I make the funny sounds and hold the spoon farther away and bring it to his mouth. Than I make different noises when he takes it. Sometimes I'll "tease" him and bring it to his mouth and back it up, bring it to his mouth, back it up, and than let him have it. He thinks it's hilarious and I've gotten him to eat entire bowls of food without him even realizing it. I feel a little silly sometimes, but I can't stand seeing him not eat!!! I've also noticed he eats better when he's offered food that requires silverware instead of finger food!! Good Luck!!!

Candace - posted on 04/29/2011

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Thanks a lot September we will be making a trip to the grocery store to pick up different things. Jane, i'm not sure if he's lactose intolerant or not. Up until today he was just drinking formula. I did offer a cup of whole milk to him and he actually drunk the entire cup which has made me feel better since he's been refusing food and formula all day

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