Picky eater

Kristen - posted on 03/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 year old that is a picky eater. I try not to cater to her pickiness. Sometimes she will eat what I fix and sometimes she won't. For the past 3 nights, she has not eatin dinner. She says she's not hungry. She eats breakfast and lunch but I know she's not eating all of her lunch at school. Normally I wouldn't worry about her not eating dinner once in a while, but 3 nights in a row. I don't know what to do to get her to eat. I want her to have enough energy to make it through the day at school and her after school activities....any suggestions would be great

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Jody - posted on 03/06/2009

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One thing I would recommend for a really picky eater is to let the child help you cook. I know my daughter feels like she needs to eat anything that she made. I also let her help me put ingredients in the different dishes and I like to explain why they are added. She feels and eats better knowing what is in each meal. Plus it offers a little bit of together time and passes on your recipes for the next couple of generations!

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My 3 year old son is also a very picky eater. When we went from baby food to regular food he didn't take the change well but no one really knows why. Our doctor told us to serve him what he likes as long as it is healthy and offer other foods with every meal. It can be frustrating because we feel like we are catering to him but at least he is eating. His diet consists of raisins, yogurt tubes (strawberry or raspberry), a white bun with margarine, marble cheese, a granola bar, and fruit snacks for dessert. He has this for lunch and supper EVERY DAY. For breakfast he has a piece of white toast with lots of peanut butter. Since he is getting all of the food groups (although not in the recommended quantities) and we supplement with a multi-vitamin the doctor says not to worry and that he will eventually outgrow this. We offer my son a bite of everything we are eating at each meal and praise him when he tries it but, although he has discovered that he likes hot dogs and chicken nuggets, he still prefers to just have 'his supper'. It really is just his way because his sisters (2 of them) both eat a wide range of foods their favourites being cucumber and broccoli so it really isn't for a lack of trying. Good Luck to you!

Tiffany - posted on 03/06/2009

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I am in the exact same boat with my 8 year old son. When we tried to enforce the "eat what is on your plate or you eat it for breakfast" our son quit eating and lost weight. Our pediatrician told me that not all kids will eat when they are hungry enough. We try to make meal time as stress free as possible and the little that he will eat, we try to make as healthy as possible. He does take a vitamin each day. We encourage him to try new things and as he gets older, we notice him being more willing to do that. We will get there and I know you will to. You will probably feel better after a discussion with her pediatrician, I know I did.

Katie - posted on 03/06/2009

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just remember that she wont starve herself... so try not to worry about her getting enough nutrients. also think about adding a vitamin to her regime. making her eat when she doesnt want to will only screw up her perception of food. but if she wont eat dinner and its bothering you, try giving her a liquid dinner. try ensure or something like it. she may b more prone to drinking that than eating. hope this helps and good luck

Dana - posted on 03/06/2009

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In our house if you don't eat what's infront of you for dinner you have it for breakfast. My three year old's caught on to this. You would think that with soccer and everything her appitite would encrease. It may be jumping the gun but really look at her cause this could be signs of eating disorder. I'm not trying to scare you but that's what comes to mind. You could talk to her ped. too.



 

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2009

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Is she distracted easly? Is she not hungry cause there is something more exciting going on in the house, ie TV, she left something undone when she came to the table? I would make her sit at the table until everyone is done their food, maybe you will get more picking off the plate if she is forced to sit until everyone else is done. I completely agree not to crater to her pickiness, thats a horrible habit that wont teach her not be picky. If you are considered about her actually being hungry, you can give her a large glass of milk before bedtime if she did not eat all her meal. Milk is a whole food, and isnt cratering to her.

Kristen - posted on 03/06/2009

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she picks what she wants for breakfast....this morning she took 2 bites and said she was full....im like..you cant be you didnt even eat dinner last nite....she still didnt eat. she and i went out to dinner last night...her choice (buffet).....she put a slice of pizza and mashed potatoes on her plate. took a few bites and was done. i wonder if the fact that she has started soccer has anything to do with her appetite. she has practice twice a week and a game on saturdays. could the fact that she is more active decreased her appetite. i would think it would have increased it......i guess for now i will just deal with it and make sure shes not getting sick from not eating.

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My daughter is 4 and I have the same problem with her. She also doesn't eat dinner most nights. But then she usually eats a very big breakfast. They will eat when they're hungry enough. I suppose there's not much you can do about it. It's great that you don't give in and make a separate dinner for her. I have a friend who told me once that as a child she was a very picky eater and now as a grown-up she felt really sorry for her mom having to go through that. She said that she eventually started expanding her tastes when she was 13. Not great news, but I guess it means that someday they will grow out of it.

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