I have a 2yr. that doesn't want to eat nothing, what can i do?

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Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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This is just repeating what everyone else has already said, but its very normal, and if you can get her to drink a "shake" like pediasure or something, or at least take vitamins (gummy bear kind should work) she should be fine. If you start to get very concerned about her health, then give her anything shell eat, like chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, even cereal. It might not help her get over her pickiness, but at least she wont be starving herself. It is true that kids wont litterally starve themselves (as long as theyre healthy) but they can become malnourished and dehydrated. Make sure that shes getting alot of fluids too! You dont want her getting constipated or even sick! Although Im sure you already know this. Does she have any health problems? If she does you will want to call your doctor for help.

Qihm - posted on 01/25/2010

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My 2 year old goes through stages. He'll eat all day, or not at all. I find that letting him take part in prep helps. I let him smell the produce and dash the spices. Also I have a drawer in the fridge that is for the boys snacks and foods. It's within his reach and I let him get out what he'd like to eat and bring it to me to fix. Its usually baggies of apple, yogurt cups, carrot sticks, graham crackers, things like that. I don't let him snack all day but I find that if I let him help pick out his food at the store and at home he eats a lot better.

Megan - posted on 01/25/2010

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It is not odd that a two year old doesn't want to eat. In my experience, our kids will eat when they are hungry, and not eat if they aren't hungry. I just make sure that when they do eat it is healthy fruits, veggies, and meats. A daily vitamin is great. Our kids love the Flinstones ones.

User - posted on 01/24/2010

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Don't worry too much, you would be surprised at how very little a 2 year old needs to eat. The portions are so much smaller than for an adult. Just make sure your little one is getting a variety of foods - fruits, veg, protein, bread and fats. Vitamins are essential - they have great gummy bear vitamins in the drugstore that taste great.

do not let the child graze all day long in your efforts to get some food down. This usually leads to the kids eating more junk food and less good stuff. 3 meals and a couple of snacks. If they are hungry at meal times they will be more interested in eating. Do not let this become a power struggle. If the food is rejected, put it away and let them wait until the next scheduled food time (meal or snack).

Jamie - posted on 01/24/2010

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I have a very picky 2 year old that doesn't like to eat much and refuses to drink any type of milk. Her Dr told us to make sure she is taking daily vitamins, try to find other sources of calcium such as yogurt drinks, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream etc. Tam was right above, Carnation Instant Breakfast is great! You can even blend it with a little ice to make a smoothie so they think they're having ice cream which makes it go over better with a little one. Also, continue giving them the foods that you eat. Make sure you have a wide variety of foods to offer and we have found that colorful foods usually go over really well with her. They go through spurts and it will eventually pass. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 01/24/2010

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It is actually very normal for a 2 year old to not want to eat... My son is 18 months and going through the same thing... Both my daughters did it as well. After some time they both grew out of it.. With my oldest the doctor told me to make sure she was drinking her milk and to give her vitamins every day to make sure she was getting the nutrition she needed. She is now a healthy 11 year old with no eating problems... Just try to remember that it will pass...

Corinna - posted on 01/24/2010

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when my son was going tru getting chemo at age of 2 he went off all foods ye could think of. To save him from losing weight which he didnt need. i mixed custard and milk into a bottle an heated it up he loved that also strawberry milk was another wen he started getting a bit of appetite back we ASKED him what he would like to eat and he choose. i think it was the independeance that made him eat again and kids at that age can be very picky choosy as their taste buds change so often its hard to keep track another thing is when you go shopping let him join in picking foods that he would like he will enjo it and also want t eat it more becaue "he bought it"

Tam - posted on 01/24/2010

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carnation instant breakfast in milk gives them a lot of nutrition! I lived on them when I was sick. Your child may like a particular flavor so I would start with variety unless you dont want them to know its in there, then use vanilla flavored. I prefer the chocolate, it tastes like choc milk but its full of vitamins and protein. sheryll is right about the vitamin a day but some kids wont do that either, may have to get a yummy chewable and act like its something special.

Sheryll - posted on 01/24/2010

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Buy some kids vitamins and try and get them to take that cause then at least they still getting some of what they need..Also try lots of different food, let them help out with food prep and when serving it dont put much on the plate.My son did the same thing round this age it might just be a stage they go through.Good luck.

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