My daughter will get sick before trying any new foods

Michelle - posted on 04/02/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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HELP!! I have been looking for some way to help my daughter with her eating habits. She, literally, will make her self sick so she will not have to try anything that she doesn't want to. I am lost and have no idea what to do. She is super duper picky, and will not try much of anything. She won't eat any veges, unless I get it in a V8 juice type with fruits. Which she won't drink for long. The only fruit like substance she will eat is apple sauce. I can't afford to keep buying Pediasure, I wish I could. Please any help at all would be gratefully appreciated.

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Amanda - posted on 04/09/2013

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I have an 8 year old that we went through much of the same thing with. After 6 years of testing we found out he has anxiety disorder and some signs of autism. While he doesn't lie on the spectrum, he does have oral sensitivities that make it very distasteful for him to try different foods. It was difficult getting him to try foods with different textures - crunchy or chewey or very sweet. We also found out when he was 6 that he has a dairy protien allergy. Many of the foods he was trying contained dairy protien and were actually making him feel very sick!!!

Rule out a food allergy or some other extenuating circumstance. As long as there isn't anything physically or psychologically wrong, continue offering the new foods and set the house rule that she needs to eat what is served to her if she is hungry. She needs to eat first servings of everything before she gets seconds of anything.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2013

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Is it possible for you to take her grocery shopping with you? Or to have her feel like she has some control in what she is eating? (I'm not sure how to do this, exactly...). If she's two she might not be able to communicate what it is that she's so opposed too, but she does seem like she wants to have some control over things. Do you guys eat the same things? Does she get to feed you? Does she see you eating? Can you do a three bites sort of deal? (Sorry lots of questions).
When my kids were a bit younger, we would talk about the food at the grocery store, about the colours, what they looked like...trying to make it an activity. Like, 'Wow, look a how those broccoli look like miniature trees' or 'Let's pretend to be bunnies and eat these carrots'. It also mattered (and still does) how the veggies were cooked/not cooked, I'd pick out three or four different veggies, and then they would get to choose which ones we would buy (I looked at prices).
It isn't always easy though - I have one child who only likes cooked carrots, and the other who likes them raw (especially when they had teeth growing/losing teeth). Somedays they don't like what they loved the day before (they are 10 and 6). They also have food that they just love. Like pizza - so now I grate all different veggies into the tomato sauce - zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, eggplant... - and then use it as a base.
The other thing that seems to work, no fail, is they will both eat soup, but the soup needs to be smooth/pureed.
Not sure if this is helpful at all. Hope it gets easier for you!

Michelle - posted on 04/03/2013

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Haylee is 2. She get's pickier by the day. It's just so frustraiting because I feel like she is starving, even though I know she truly isn't. Anything new that she has seen before or hasn't seen, well she makes gagging sounds and if she looks at it much longer will literally throw up. I've had her seen by her doctor, and they can't seem to find what is wrong other than she is a picky eater.

Dorcas - posted on 04/03/2013

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How old is your daughter? I have an eating fight with my 18month old almost everyday for almost every meal. I've asked plenty of people for advice and the only 2 solid ones that is said repeatedly is to give them something they want (which for me with limited finances its kind of hard) the other was to not push them with eating. Offer it to them and if they just leave it take it away and offer again in an hour or so.

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