My daughter never eats what should we do?

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Clare - posted on 03/01/2010

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A friend of mine was having trouble with her son and they ended up talking to a dr, ped nutritionist I think. From what I gathered they were given guidelines on what to do that involved setting eating routines...breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner and bestime snack. Basically it was to offer the food only at the designated time. If he didn't eat, just remove the plate from the table, without letting her know and when she asks to eat tell her she missed her chance and now has to wait till the next round. And if at bedtime she says shes hungry, again, just stay she missed her chance, she can eat at breakfast. My friend said that is worked like a charm and in less than 3 days her son was eating well. I'm not sure of the details of the system but these are the basics. I find that we parents are so concerned about our children eating that we make a big issue of it. I am guilty as charge. Have been thinking of doing this with my son but we haven't been home much to set a routine. Oh yeah, another thing she said was important was to separate playtime and food time. When it's time to eat, they need to be at the table with no toys. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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as long as she's growing she'll be fine. if she stops gaining or starts losin then I'd get going with a dr. Learn to recognize dehydration(think thats how to spell it) cause that could signal a problem if she isn't sick, is still a problem if she is sick, but could signal drs to check for underlying conditions. Mindy is right they wont just let themself starve, they use less calories, and their eating habits change about as often as the day. unless she is an infant and refuses to eat. Although I had a cousin who used the wrong kind of nipple on the bottle. He baby would try to eat but wasnt getting anything out of the bottle and lost weight so she rushed him to the er the nurse went and got him a bottle and he went after it. after he was done my cousin looked at the nipple realized the holes where different then the ones she was useing. and it occured to her that the holes in the ones she had where sticking to the top of his mouth and he couldn't get the suction right. so she changed nipples, and cried herself to sleep cause she felt so guilty that she didnt think to check that.

Mindy - posted on 02/28/2010

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Kids really won't let themselves starve. I have an almost 12 year old son that has lived on peanut butter sandwiches most of his life. If it's truly a concern, ask your doctor if it even should be a concern at your next visit. As long as her weight is fine, I wouldn't worry too much about it, just my opinion. Good luck!

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