Does any one have advice on how to deal with a picky eater?

Lynn - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Please I need some advice I have 3 boys and dinner time is always a pain because my 7yr never wants to eat what I make no matter what it is. He just wants nuggets,fries, PB&J and hot dogs. The other 2 will eat almost every thing and love veggies and fruits. I feel like if I don't give the 7yr old what he wants he won't eat at all but if I keep just giving him those foods he won't get any nutrition. I am not sure if its a phase he has been like this for almost 2yrs.

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Melissa - posted on 03/08/2010

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What I did with my two year old daughter was- set the table with our dinner plates empty. My husband and I would make our plates and leave hers empty. Once we started eating she would point to something and ask for it. I would put it on her plate and it was gone! It worked everytime. Somenights better than other but at least she is willing to try since she sees us eating it and she feels as though she is picking it out. Good Luck.

MELISSA - posted on 03/08/2010

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First to be on the safe side I would take him to an allergist and get him tested. Have somewhat of a list of things he does not like to eat. Here is the thing about this. They say that are bodies are a natural reactor to are allergies. Often times children our forced to eat something that is good for them,but leads them to break out in an itchy rash.
Other than that...I would start introducing different kinds of dips or shakes to him. Make it a fun thing or a reward. You can mix many fruits and veggies into both of these. You would have already tested him, so you are on the safe side to try what he is not allergic to. Have fun being a mom!!

Armanda - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi. I have a picky eater too. My son is two years old. If you are concerned about his nutrition, talk to the doctor, they should be able to help you. Have you tried any suppliments, like Pediasure? My son sees a speech therapist, who also helps with his feeding issues, and she gave me some of these suggestions to try. You could try changing the shape, color, or texture of the foods he likes to help him get used to accepting changes in his diet. Try sweet potato fries, they are healthier and taste good. You could also try the hot dogs made with chicken or turkey in them. It might help if you let your son help pick out or prepare a meal. Kids are more likely to eat something if they helped make it. Also, try not to serve the prefered foods every day, more than once a day. Try to rotate them, at least every other day. Hope his is helpful. Good luck!

Faith - posted on 03/08/2010

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I agree with Caroline. Personally I tell my kids that while I love them and will make things they like they have to at least try different foods. Also I am well known, and my kids will tell each other, mommy is not a resturant. I make one meal, VERY occasionally will I make 2. A lot of times though getting my guy when they were younger I would sneak the veggies in on them. Using a food processor or the like, things such as carrots, green and red peppers, onions and certain grains, could easily be mixed into foods that already had some other flavors worked. Another thing is to try to sneak tofu nuggets in on him. Especially if he likes nuggets w. ketchup this is veryyy easy :)
Good luck though, I know its hard to convince them at this age to try new and change up the food items sometimes.

Caroline - posted on 03/08/2010

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HI, I have a picky 7 year old too, but i had to ask him to at least try the new things so he would have more of a variety. It has worked so far. I share 50-50 parenting time with his father and I know he has alot of fast food and junk food when he is at his father's, and at school he wont order any thing else except for PB&J. I encourage him to try new things, and he does seem to agree with that. You could say you are not making 2 different things for dinner also, he is old enough to deal with not having dinner a night or two, and hopefully get the point? Hope this helps alittle.

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