he just won't eat!!

Brie - posted on 07/05/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i have an almost 2 year old and for some reason here lately he has been refusing to eat.. he used to eat a lot and now he hardly eats anything if he eats at all... i have tried all his favorite foods and he will only eat a little of those and thats it.. i have tried new things and he will hardly touch it... i don't know what to do and i really don't want him to become malnourished and unhealthy... what can i do to get him eating again??? he has never before been a picky eater... please help.. any suggestions would be great!!!

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Kristina - posted on 07/06/2011

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my son is 6 now and he still has those days. It is a phase and he might have just finished a growth spurt. when my son is going thru one he eats like crazy then for the next week he will eat hardly anything. Dont force him to eat, as long as you keep providing drinks and he is taking those fine, add the whole milk. when he is hungry he will eat. Leave some crackers, raisins, gold fish etc. in ziplock bags around the house so he can see them and when he wants it he will get them himself. Don't worry he will not starve. Good luck and just find things that work. God Bless!

Cori - posted on 07/06/2011

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Sometimes they just don't want to slow down long enough to eat. We went through a phase like that (and still do some days). Does he drink juice really well? You could try making smoothies to get some nutrients in him. We would throw frozen and fresh fruit, yogurt, spinach (they can't taste it), and some juice or milk into the blender. I'd give it to him in sippy cup a few times during the day. If it is too thick to get any out, you can always add a little water, juice, or milk and shake it up. Also, some markets carry yogurt brands that have 3-in-1 meal cups. It is organic yogurt, a serving of fruit puree, and a serving of veggie puree. For a quick smoothie, I'd dump a cup of that into his cup, fill the rest with milk, and shake it up. Sometimes when they are that age and on the go it is easier to get them to drink down some nutrients. Hope it helps. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 07/06/2011

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Its soooo hard not to worry my son is 2 and has ASD he would only eat a quarter slice of cheese and Devon and if I was really lucky 1 teaspoon of mash potatoe! He now eats like crazy I think if you keep offering small amounts frequently it could help, as long as there's no weight loss I wouldn't worry to much a check up with a peadiatrician is still a good idea to have a check up good luck

Nicole - posted on 07/06/2011

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Its soooo hard not to worry my son is 2 and has ASD he would only eat a quarter slice of cheese and Devon and if I was really lucky 1 teaspoon of mash potatoe! He now eats like crazy I think if you keep offering small amounts frequently it could help, as long as there's no weight loss I wouldn't worry to much a check up with a peadiatrician is still a good idea to have a check up good luck

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