my 2.5 year old wont eat

Pragya - posted on 08/12/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son 2.5 year old is a picky eater.i tried to give him lot of things bt i feel help less when he doesnot takk any thing .he wants to eat only things of his choice.sometime i forced to give him bt some time he avoid all things.im really worried.can u help?his weight is also little bit less that is expected for his age.

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Chet - posted on 08/16/2013

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Another quick idea... sometimes toddlers are more keen to eat food of your plate than their own. Try offering to share your food to get them to try new things.

User - posted on 08/15/2013

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sounds to me that everyone's walking on egg shells with there kids really did ur parent let u eat anything u liked and not eat whats served ur kids will not starve them selfs just give them the food make them sit down if they say they dont like or want it make them sit there for 15minutes if they dont eat it take it away put in frig if they say im hungry tell them they have to eat this and give it back they will get the point i do this with my son and anyone even other kids that come over they know they cant do that its rood and ur giving them too many choices just make sure its balancedi have a 10 year old and a 8month old they both eat whats given to them my 10 y olddont dare say he hates my cooking or dont like it or wants something elso even when he was 2 i tought him

C - posted on 08/12/2013

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Every doctor I have ever heard talk about this problem with kids, because believe me, I think probably 90% of kids go through this stage!

Most doctors will say to give your child what they will eat until they get through it. If all they want are chicken nuggets, give them chicken nuggets, etc.

My son went through a peanut butter and jelly phase around 3 and I couldn't get him to eat anything but PB&Js or maccaroni and cheese.
The doctor told me to buy some of the supplement, I believe pediasure to make sure he was getting the nutrition he needed, give him the food he would eat, and that it would all change someday.

Today we have a much more diverse palette at age 15, all is well, he is healthy, strong & doesn't remember this phase at all =D

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Bridget - posted on 08/16/2013

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try reinforcement. For example stickers. Telling your kids that, if they do as you say, than giving them a sticker or whatever afterwards, makes it easier sometimes to eat their veggies or whatever it is you are trying to feed them. either that or the foods he does like to eat or the beverages he likes to drink, use that as reinforcement, too. whatever it is that you are trying to feed him, try to make it colorful. for example: a bowl of fruit with some cantaloupe, honeydew melon, apples, and strawberries. sometimes the brightness of the food is what makes eating more exciting. if you have not already, when feeding him veggies, put some ketchup on it or serve a carrot with some peanut butter, add something to the veggies where it won't taste so plain. and as you are feeding him these foods, try to sit down with him and eat with him as he eats with you. having someone do the same thing he does at the time and eating the same thing that he eats, helps kids eat their food, too. when you guys go shopping for fruits, veggies, grains, or whatever else, have him choose what type of veggies he would like or fruit. sometimes when a child gets to pick the healthy foods he likes to eat, it makes eating the food, enjoyable, also. so anyways try out these things and tell me how it goes. if none of them seem to work, than i would suggest talking to your son's pediatrician about getting him a supplement where he can not only get his nutrients in but he can also get to a weight that he needs to get to.

Chet - posted on 08/16/2013

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One thing that helped me was that I stopped cooking for toddlers and preschoolers. I found that I was much more likely to be annoyed and emotional if a child refused to eat food that had not taken a lot of time to prepare. I offered a lot of food that could be easily served and quickly put away for later it is wasn't eaten (as Jenny suggested below). Lots of raw carrots, cucumber slices, fresh berries, cut up bell pepper or melon, half sandwiches on whole wheat bread, cold meat cut into cubes, cheese cut into cubes, home made muffins, etc. I really tried hard to avoid salty, sweet or processed food since it's difficult to acquire a taste for healthier things when you've been eating the not so good stuff from an early age. As well, I avoided things that would make it easier for the kids to not eat... no juice for example. They would drink the juice and that would give them just enough of something to refuse the actual food.

Chet - posted on 08/16/2013

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Try to avoid power struggles over food. You can allow you son to make some food choices, but make certain that only healthy food choices are available. It can take up to thirty exposures to become comfortable with a new food, so you need to be patient and keep offering. Do keep in mind that children are more sensitive to taste and texture than adults so certain things can really put them off if they have an especially strong taste or unusual texture.

Judy - posted on 08/14/2013

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Talk to a your Pediatric doctor but for now as long as he's not just eating junk food i would let him eat what he has been as long as he's getting something in his belly or get those pedia-sure drinks they taste pretty good like a milk shake and he'll be getting the nutrients he needs

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My 2 yr old daughter is also a very picky eater herself. I offer a very wide variety of foods to her and she just snubs her nose at any new food ideas. I will definitely check into PediSure. My daughters Pedi is also concerned about her weight (as it's just a little off what they expect for her age. Good Luck!

C - posted on 08/12/2013

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btw.. the pediasure is like a malt, so he should hopefully LOVE it :)
I'm sure there are less expensive brands as well.

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