2yr old who won't eat help!

Maria Fernanda - posted on 04/04/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




my son has just turned 2 and all of a sudden gone on strike he refuses to eat his meals, he will have like 2 or 3 bites and then will not eat we have tried everything, i have no idea what to do anymore does anyone have any suggestions?


Sharon - posted on 04/05/2011




This is a normal phase. They grow through growth spurts where they eat like crazy and then they don't seem to eat as much. Monitor his intake through out the day not at every meal.

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 04/04/2011




The terrible twos! Does he have any meals that he particulary enjoy? My 1st child went through a stage of not eating to much but she would eat a pie lol
My 2nd child who is 2 and a half, also went through the non eating period, but as with my 1st i didnt force the issue
If you are stressing and tense about the food and theyll feel it and it will just not work.

Id also suggest the sticker system.
Plate up the food, if he eats a bit he gets a sticker, if he eats/kisses/licks a food he hasnt or hasnt lately he gets 2more stickers.
I have seen this work.

Good luck!


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Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2011




I agree with Sharon about monitoring ALL his intake. Pay special attention to what he drinks too. Fruit juice can be problematic as it replaces calories otherwise eaten, but without the substance.
I am uncomfortable with the strategy of rewarding eating with stickers. I think it is best to try to teach our children to pay attention to their appetite rather than external cues. There is a risk of laying the groundwork for future eating disorders. Our bodies tell us when we are hungry, and unless there is a serious underlying medical condition, our bodies usually know best!
As far as other strategies, you could try having him sit at the table for a reasonable predetermined amount of time for meals. My younger son was always on the go and it was difficult for him to sit long enough to eat enough. He often ate smaller more frequent meals. Even now at age 14 he will often wrap his dinner up after mealtime and then come back an hour or two later and heat up his leftovers. He is healthy, fit and of ideal body weight for his age/size.

Candy - posted on 04/05/2011




Stay stronge in whatever you do. Dont change from time to time. Stay on one path and be stronge. He is just testing your waters. He could be in a growth sprit too. My youngest is 5 and when she is in a growth sprit she stops eating for days then cant stop eating.

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