How can i make my fussy toddler eat or drink enough

Mommy - posted on 08/12/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




I am a mother of 2, one is almost 5 and the other is 17 months old. Life has become quite tedious with trying to make 17 month old to eat or drink enough. She hardly sips 4oz milk in the morning, so I get to force feed her some oatmeal (1/4 cup) and milk for breakfast. Lunch and dinner is a struggle wherein she eats 4-5 spoonfuls ( rice, pasta, macaroni etc) and a cup of yogurt. Snacks...yet again a few bites (2-3 grapes, strawberries, Cheetos etc). And she sips milk a few times in between the meals and after dinner (total 6oz). That's all she eats..a little more on some days to nothing at all especially on the weekends. So with the little she eats, I tend to beef up the calorie intake by adding more fat (cream, ghee, butter etc)

She goes to a home day care full time. So, her breakfast and dinner routine tend to be the same at home, while the snacks and lunch she eats there. The nanny says that she eats and drinks good.

The little one was in the 4 percentile at her 15 month wellness check and is on a prescription for her acid reflux (omeprazole). She used to throw up every single day, but since a month she has got better with that. But still, she reuses to eat. I am really struggling to feed her all day...its like i don't get a break. I literally cry and hate myself for my inability to feed a little one.

Just felt like sharing my pain with other successful moms who can guide me with some tips and tricks.


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Amanda - posted on 08/13/2012




My son is almost three, and he does not have dietary issues, but I really think it's just a phase. It could also be the weather. I've noticed as the weather heats up my son (and me for that matter) eats less. My ped always says, "Children will eat when they are hungry."

Kristin - posted on 08/13/2012




My son use to eat everything. And I mean EVERYTHING that I would put in front of him. He is 2 years old. But for the past couple of months, he tends to eat like a bird. He only eats half a cereal bar in the morning, only a few bites for lunch and dinner. He eats all of his snacks though.

They hit a phase where they don't want to stop playing and take the time to eat. Maybe your littleone is still expecting to throw up after she eats and maybe that's why she wont eat much.

Being in the fourth percentile would be a concern if your doctor thought so. If not, don't worry too much cause all kids grow at different rates. My son is in the 97th percentile for his height and 73rd percentile for his weight. My friends son is one month older than my son and he is in the 5th percentile for his weight and height but he is healthy and the dr is not concerned. Every kid grows differently.

For breakfast and dinner, just keep offering your little one food. She will eat if she wants it and is hungry. She's eating good at daycare so just keep offering her food.

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