Has anyone had their pre-school aged child go through a phase of hardly eating anything?

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old daughter has not been eating much at all for over a week. Even the foods she used to like she won't eat. What's weird is she'll chew them up and then spit them out, which to me seems like toddler behavior. About 3 weeks ago she was eating good and telling me she was hungry quite often, so I think she just had a little growth spurt. I haven't been substituting meals, but I was giving her some bread or crackers at first when she wouldn't eat her meal (especially dinner).
She has gone to bed without dinner the last 4 days. Last night I made a high-calorie milk drink that had whole milk, ovaltine, banana, and peanut butter in it (she usually loves all those things), but she only took a sip and said she didn't want it. She was eating her breakfast okay until yesterday when she even spitted out cereal. This morning the same thing with a waffle and her peaches.
I made a doctor's appt for tomorrow to talk with him and see if I should start to give her some nutritional shakes. I do give her a gummy multi-vitamins everyday at least.
Well, if someone went through this with their child and can tell me that it's a phase I'd appreciate it. Also, if their pediatrician gave you any advice. Thanks a lot.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2013

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My oldest stopped eating altogether around that age, first doc apt. we were told she was constipated and to limit her dairy intake (milk being the ONLY thing she had put in her system for a couple days), We did and kept track of her bm, no constipation and still no food intake. We go back to Doc. and we were told its a phase I wish women would stop making a fuss about everything (over a week now with no food going into her system). She became very tired and did not want to move (go figure right?). At that time we went to the ER... by then she was dehydrated, had a upper respiratory infection, AND ear infections in both ears. Now they could not say if she got so sick because she was not eating for was not eating bc she was so sick. But after being re hydrated and on her meds for the infections for a day she started to eat again. My youngest is prone to constipation and when she is she will not eat worth a darn for us... heck she does not eat well for us normally. She is 8 and we have to struggle to get her to eat. It does not help that her doc has said in front of her that she should control what does and does not go in her body.... I don't mind that for breakfast and lunch BUT I do feel she should eat what everyone else is having for dinner.

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HELEN - posted on 04/08/2013

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My nearly 4 yr old didn't eat properly for nearly 3wks recently, she would nibble the tinyest amounts of her meals. But she had just had a growth spurt a wk or two before and had eaten loads, I let her get on with it, still putting meals in front of her and eventually she started eating normally again. I would say its just a phase! Try and get her involved in cooking the meal, might help. X

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2013

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Amy, I'm watching my daughter to see any signs of her getting sick. Hopefully that won't happen.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2013

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Jennifer, I believe my daughter might not want to eat also because of not wanting to have a BM. A little while ago she was constipated on and off for a week. Yesterday and today I gave her a chewable children's laxative and she has yet to go. Also, she had a near choking incident a little over a week ago. So, actually it's probably a combination of both issues going on that makes her want to barely eat.

Amy - posted on 04/05/2013

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As oldest of 6, I saw this with my siblings growing up as well as with my own children. My 5 year old will even go for a time just snacking here and there. She's also an ice skater and very active. We notice she will start eating a whole lot more right before a growth spurt, but might have a dip in eating patterns here and there. You can always bring it up with your pediatrician, but if your child isn't showing other signs of possible illness (lethargic, etc) and it doesn't last too long, it's probably just that her body isn't needing as many calories at the time.

Jennifer - posted on 04/02/2013

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Thanks a lot for responding Nicole and letting me know that it's normal! I think I will try to make some more different kind of shakes to find one that she likes. :)

Nicole - posted on 04/02/2013

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My daughter is now 11 and she went through that from 3-4. My son, who is now five did it when he was 4. I ask the doctor both times and they said it was normal. He told me to make sure they were getting a multivitamin to make up for what nutrition they were missing. Shakes are good. I mixed kale and spinach in the shakes without them knowing. They thought it was dessert. Good luck and as my mom always says, "This too shall pass."

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