My 3 year old son won't chew any food

Babiiclarkie09 - posted on 06/29/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi I'm new here and I need help. I have a son who just turned 3 today and I've been having this problem for years now. My son won't chew any types of food. I have to blend everything. Everything I blend has to be with fruit. He won't put anything food wise in his mouth. He watches his older sister eat and us( his parents) but even if we try to feed him something he will run away. I use to get him to eat apple pie and now he won't eat anything. Everything I blend though I use baby cereal any kind to make it think so he gains weights and is full longer but he is stil under weight. I should be trying to potty train him now but I can't think about that when I'm having a real hard time feeding him.. Any suggestions

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Snow - posted on 06/30/2016

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Have him checked out by a doctor. If there isn't anything wrong with him, and this behaviour is just the result of stubbornness, then I would just put my foot down and stop blending his food. Have him sit at the table for meals whether he chooses to eat or not so that he doesn't get to go play if he chooses not to eat. Also explain that it is his choice whether or not he eats, but that this is what we are having for dinner. If he doesn't eat it, wrap up the meal and put it in the fridge and let him know that if he gets hungry he is welcome to have it back. Don't let him have snacks unless he eats the meal you gave him. At the next meal, discard the meal you have put away for him and repeat using the new meal. You can even have some sort of treat he really enjoys in sight and out of reach and explain that if he eats x amount of the meal, he can have it. If he eats the meal, praise him. It won't take long before he is willing to eat what you give him; he will go on a little hunger strike, but when he gets hungry enough, he will eat what you give him. Once you get him eating the meals you give him, it should easy to get him to gain some weight. The situation sounds kind of like a control battle, but it is always better to check with your doctor first just in case. It might also be helpful to explain that the blended food is baby food and that he is a big boy now and needs to eat big boy food.

Sarah - posted on 06/30/2016

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I would talk to your doctor. Chewing is an important developmental thing. There could be reasons why he is not chewing (hearing issue, sensory issue, developmental delays in the jaw/mouth. Chewing is also a big part of speech. You use many of the same muscles. If he is not chewing then his speech may be delayed as well. You may need to have him in some physical therapy to work on getting him to learn how. Or is might be a choice he is making and you are making it easy for him by giving him pureed foods. You need to talk to your doctor asap. This issue really should have been addressed when he was 18 months old.

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