5 yr old boy will only eat Pureed foods

Claire - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old boy is a very fussy eater and will only eat the same things every day usually Weetbix for the breakfast (warmed so its soft), Dinner can be any meat, Carrots and potatoes (has to be pureed) and for tea he has Mupila 7 Cereals. I have tried to intoduce some lumps into dinnertime but he wont eat it he is really afraid to chew.He eats rich teas biscuits so I know he can chew.He wont even eat chips !! Need some advice/help, I will try anything to help him enjoy food more. Will he grow out of this ???

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Geralyn - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hi Claire, you should talk with your pediatrician about the issue. He may have sensory defensiveness in his mouth or oral motor issues.... There may be some techniques or recommendations that the doctor or a feeding specialist could make. Its difficult because if he isn't eating solids, and receiving that input from moving solids around in his mouth and chewing, he is not getting the necessary stimulation. Definitely talk with your ped....

Sana - posted on 04/29/2016

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Ur son must be 11 years old by now.. How is it going with his eating habits? The reason I'm asking is because I'm going through the same issue with my 2 year old:

Crystal - posted on 01/05/2011

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Aside from going to the doctor like everyone else said...if it isnt an actual medical issue...stop giving in. Youre only maaking it harder on yourself. He is used to you feeding him like that and has been for so long it has become habit and he doesnt know any different. Stop pureeing stuff and feed him what the rest of the family eats, if he doesnt eat it, oh well. That may sound mean but its the same principle as a toddler trying to be picky about his food, You cant make different stuff for your toddler all the time just because he is being difficult, right? He will eat when he gets hungry enough. He will not starve. Feed him stuff that you know he likes thats still soft at first (cooked carrots, potatoes, peas, fish, etc) and that way its halfway normal but I wouldnt puree anything.

Maryellen - posted on 01/06/2011

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My daughter has trouble with solid food as well (18-months). We introduced them very slowly and in super small pieces and she does NOT like when there is something solid in her puree. So we give her pureed food as supplement unless she eats enough solid food and continue to offer "solids" We started with half pieces of cheerios then finally worked up to whole circles. Then she started to be able to eat small pieces of pasta and rice (I am talking over months and months though). It seemed like we were making no progress because we would offer all the time and she wouldn't eat it, but it just takes her a really long itme to get used to different textures. She's only now starting to venture into cooked veggies and meats. And she will naw on an apple and banana and eat super small piece (in 6ths or 8ths) of grapes oh and shredded cheese is a favorite. We finally just stopped worrying about how long it was taking, relaxed and she finally came around and we continue to make progress everyday. :) Hope this helps. You can message me if you would like to chat more about it

Crissi Lynn - posted on 05/20/2010

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wow i feel for you- that must be very frustrating. i think that there are medical terms for this actually and he should probably see someone about it now so it doesnt get out of hand...imagine him going to school and being picked on for eating 'baby food!'

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Karen - posted on 01/05/2011

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I know this might sound weird, but could he have a minor cleft palate that has gone undetected?

Jenny - posted on 01/05/2011

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Have you took him to the dentist? Maybe he has a cavity and it hurts to chew stuff. If you have been to the dentist then I'd take him to he pediatrician.

Sandra - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hi Claire,
do you have dinner together as a family or is he having his dinner 'alone'? Are mealtimes fun for him? Have you tried a picnic with lots of softly steamed veg, potatoes,fruit where he can pick and choose and explore textures? Otherwise I also would suggest to speak to a paediatrician or other experts. Hope all goes well and maybe its just a phase.

Juniper - posted on 05/21/2010

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It sounds like you have tried this somewhat how ever.... I had a hard time getting the kids (I have up to 7 kids in my day home) to eat solid veggies. I started to make soups and blend them ( to puree the veggies together) I introduced the veggies is small sizes and steamed to really soft.
Try small pasta dots or letters again cooked really soft. The idea being that it takes no effort to chew it, like pureed foods, but the initial feeling is of a whole object. If that works you can try less steamed and eventually bigger pieces.
Have you tied rewards for eatting some solids (sounds like he hasn't done that yet) but worth a try to start up a sticker chart or something that promotes a lot of praise and pride in himself.
I have an 8 yr old here now that says her Mom made faces out of the veggies to get her to eat it.
Hope this gives you some ideas, good luck

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