not eating

Maria - posted on 08/24/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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i have a 17 month old and for a few days now she has stopped eating solids

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Bethany - posted on 08/25/2012

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I can't remember my daughter ever not eating solids once she had started, she's 3.5 yrs. I agree that teeth would be my first guess.



She's old enough to stand by you on a little step stool while you're preparing meals, that helps with interest. I would put tiny amounts of only a couple of different things on my girl's plate so she wasn't overwhelmed. Drinks after meals, or after the first half at least. umm...



many small snacks rather than 3 meals. Like a bit of banana, then later a bit of avocado, then later a bit of cheese, then later a bit of brocolli, or cracker or bread and spread, bit of meat. Still include her at family meals, but get the nutrients in slowly over the day maybe?



Hopefully it will pass, with patience and not getting pushy and angry if she doesn't want something. Don't make it into a bully 'you will eat or else' kind of thing, just a 'when you're hungry, this is what you can have' kind of thing. Kids are great at catching on to what makes mummy perform.



At that age my daughter ate alot of her food standing at the coffee table, little plates of bits and pieces. As long as they're all healthy, that's ok I think, at that age.



I've never tried to cover all food groups every meal, more like every week :) I've been advised by child nurses to look at their nutrition across a month, rather than a day or a meal and that sits well with me.



I hope that's of some help, just ramblings really, kids are so changeable

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2012

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kids often go through phases. She could also be starting to get her 2 year molars, and possibly her mouth hurts. Just keep offereing solids to her, and I'm sure she will eat again soon. In the mean time, try to make sure she isn't getting filled up on her drinks. Milk and others like it, can be very filling to a little one, so offer water more often than milk.

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