my son is a picky eater...any advice?

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Jenn - posted on 12/23/2009

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Some children have difficulty with different textures. My son will actually gag on certain foods because of their texture and I remember feeling almost sick as a child when I'd feel certain textures in my mouth. My husband is allergic to lots of foods, but he didn't understand that as a child and his parents didn't believe him when he said that they bothered his throat, they thought he was just trying to get out of eating what they were having, so they just kept making whatever they wanted and if he didn't eat it he went hungry. He's almost 6' and was 127lbs. when we met and it has taken years to get him to eat a healthy diet and reach a healthier weight. His parents get it now, but I'm sure that part of the reason they were so skeptical is because of how many different foods he has reactions to, and some of the foods are don't bother him when they're prepared a certain way (i.e. raw carrots bother him a lot, but they don't if they're thoroughly cooked). I would say don't force your child to eat whatever unless you know for certain that the food isn't causing them to feel bad, and if he's just being picky then he'll eat when he's hungry enough to eat. If he said he doesn't like it, try to find out why he doesn't like it because it may not be that simple.

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just feed him what he will eat my son is a very picky eater an has been since he was 8-9 months old an now he is alomst 21 months an still the same i feed him what he will eat an it about the same everyday but he is not underweight an growing good an has no problems, as long as your son is growing good an has nuthing wrong with him he will be ok if you just feed him what he will eat

Jennifer - posted on 12/23/2009

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oh... it is ok for him to actually not like something, but he should eat it anyway. The best way to get this across is to do it yourself. My kids know that I hate cooked peas and carrots, but if I make them for supper, then I eat them too.

Jennifer - posted on 12/23/2009

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If he is on baby food, that is ok. He gets most of his nutrition from formula anyway. So, just continue to offer a variety of foods everyday and eventually he will learn to like them. If it is adult food. Cook one meal for your family and that is it. If he refuses to eat it then just let him go hungry. A child will not starve himself to death. He will cry and throw a fit, but I guarantee eventually he will eat whatever you put in front of him. I've heard people say that you should avoid food battles and just offer a variety of foods, but give them what they want too. I do not agree. I have always given my kids one meal and that was it. They also know that if they refuse to eat it they will go hungry, because mommy does not own a restaurant with a menue. My kids are also very healthy. They are all in the 50% for their weight compared to their height and they all eat a wide variety of foods (even brussle sprouts and spinnach!). I have 7-year-old nephew who was allowed to pick what he wanted and he still only eats pizza or chicken 3 times a day everyday. He is very overweight and also has bathroom issues from all the cheese on the pizza.

Tina - posted on 12/20/2009

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my 2 year old son is in the parents as teachers program and they told me to let the child decided what and how much they want to eat. just like we have our own food preferences, so do the kids!

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