How do you get your 2 year old to eat when she doesnt want to all day?

Lindsey - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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occasionally she will refuse to eat anything all day and so i just focus on making sure she gets enough liquids but it worrys me when i cant get any food in her!

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Jane - posted on 09/01/2009

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you don't. just give them whatever they'll eat that's not complete junk food or candy.

Kristi - posted on 09/01/2009

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That is okay. She will eat when she gets hungry. my son was sick one time and his pedi told me that as long as he has enouch liquids..he can actually go about a week with out food.

Candi - posted on 09/01/2009

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I have always been told they will eat when they are hungy. As long has she is drinking and staying hydrated, I wouldn't worry.

Tamara - posted on 09/01/2009

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I agree with Leilani when she gets hungry she will eat try not to worry about it to much, at this point its more of a how much do nutrients do they get in a week or so vs a day. She will eat and get what she needs when she is ready.

With that said if your really worried about her getting the nutrients and things she needs maybe keep a diary of what she is eating for a few weeks then see the dr and make sure she is getting enough.

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I wouldn't worry about it. Your kid will eat when he's hungry! My 2 yr old goes through these phases as well. I try to offer her everything & she turns it all down. But, when she's hungry...boy does she eat a lot.

Whitney - posted on 09/01/2009

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I have little guys that totally go through phases. Sometimes they eat like little piggies. Sometimes they won't touch a thing or very little for an entire week. But think about how you feel some days. Sometimes you just can't eat enough, other times you don't even think about food. My opinion is, if your pediatrician says your child is healthy and growing well, and you always give your child a plate to choose if they wan to eat, don't worry too much about it. When they are hungry, they will eat! Always put anything and everything on their plate. One day they just might eat it!

Stacey - posted on 09/01/2009

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hi my son is like this i try to invove him in making snacks in the day and allow him to help me prepare tea he enjoys and its quality time for you both also it helps if you both eat at the same time MAKE FOOD FUN !

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