My 2 year old does not want to eat, is there anything I can give her to open her appetite?

Isabel - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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She drinks her bottles, 2 a day, and picks on fruit and maybe 2 or 3 spoonfuls of her food but she does not want to eat anymore than that. I have had to start giving her nutripals to supplement but is there anything I can give her to open her appetite? pls help

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Megan - posted on 12/04/2009

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the whole not eating this is apparently completely normal for 2 - 3 year olds!!! Yesterday my son had 2 slices of an apple and that was all he wanted and yet today he has eaten yoghurt, a sandwich and a banana. Last week he barely ate for 3 days!! It honestly hasn't bothered me as he is just a busy happy little boy!! He will eat when he is hungry. I offer if he refuses I dont try and force the issue. They all get over it!!

Ana - posted on 10/18/2012

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my two year old doesn't eat well at all. like today he made his own pizza and was so excited and when it was ready he didn't want it anymore. So i gave him some pretzels he are 1 and said mommy i am full . what i supposed to do .

LaKesha - posted on 12/04/2009

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Kids love sweet stuff so maybe applesauce but make sure you use a multi vitamin.

Lol - posted on 12/04/2009

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My daughter was still having a bottle of milk at least once a day until she was 3 1/2 yrs. Try not to give yours a bottle first thing in the morning. Replace it with a tub of yoghurt. But it is a stage they go through. I would get soooo frustrated with my daughter not eating that i would end up in tears (seriously!)
I found that a kids multi-vitamin once a day actually perked up her appetite quite quickly... told her it was a special lolly that would help her grow.
Hope this helps.
ps: don't stress about how long she is on the bottle for. When she is ready to give it up, she will. But if it becomes an issue for you... wait until she is sick with a cold... and then tell her it's too hard to drink from the bottle when she's sick. Hopefully it breaks the habit for her. Worked a treat with mine :)

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Natasha - posted on 12/04/2009

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Mine it doing it aswell! Is she teething??? Those back teeth can course havoc aswell! Aslong as the fluid intake...rooibos tee and water is ok and tot is not loosing weight fast....don't worry!!

Shawna - posted on 12/04/2009

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My 32 month old is doing the same thing! He doesn't eat (or eats very little). It does worry me but his doctor says that it is completely normal. We offer him dinner and he sits at the table with us and doesn't get down until we are finished. Making sure he knows that that is the one time he will be able to eat at night. If he doesn't eat then he doesn't eat but asking for a snack after is also NOT an option. He does pretty well with breakfast, lunch and his 2 snacks. Dinner is ALWAYS a battle. If your doctor says not to worry then don't worry.

The bottle has got to go though. We planted ours in the backyard and the next day flowers MAGICALLY appeared. We did this with the binky too. It worked GREAT. Every time he fussed for a bottle or binky we went out and saw the flowers. He was 1 so your little one might understand a bit better then my son did. Good luck!

Erika - posted on 12/04/2009

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My 2 year old son is going through the same thing. I know it's hard as a Mommy to see that your child isn't eating well. I totally understand. There are days when he doesn't really want to eat and there are others when that's all he wants to do!! Hang in there. Your doing well by giving her Nutripals.

Hope this helps.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Lillie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I would most definitely stop feeding her bottles. Start getting her used to sip cups or sipping from regular - child sized - cups with your help. Don't continue to give her a lot of milk though, it will fill her up and she won't eat any real food. Other than that, she is old enough to know when she is hungry and she will tell you so. Try to stick with the healthy snacks but keep your focus on real food at certain meal times. It will make this change a lot easier for her if you eat these meals with her or in whole, as a family unit. She wants to do everything you are doing, as I am sure that you have noticed by now. :) Good luck, the change won't be easy but be confident and firm-she may fuss at first.

Maggie - posted on 12/04/2009

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she's 2 and still getting a bottle? that's probably why she's not eating. Cut out the bottles so she's not filling up on milk and she'll eat real food. Offer a variety of things at each meal - some fruits, veggies, and a starch/carb. She'll eat when she's hungry.

Make sure you sit down at mealtimes with her and eat at the same time. She will want to do what you do. Let her get involved with making dinner...give her a choice between two things (corn or peas? applesauce or yogurt?), let her stir things or pour things so she feels like she has some control. Don't let her fill up between meals on empty calories like cookies and crackers. Kids that age still need snacks but they should be small portions (1/2 an apple and a string cheese or a yogurt cup) try to include protien in the snacks.

Kate - posted on 12/04/2009

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kids go on n off thier food, she will eat when she is hungry, i just offer bits of things all the time, n if she doent want something then offer something else, importantly, make meal time a social event, they seem to eat more, when everyone is to, hope this helps!

Erika - posted on 12/04/2009

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Don't worry to much kids at that age would eat when they are hungry. As long there not lossing drastic weight , what i mean by that is like 3lb in a week.

Your best option is talk to his doctor!

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