Not Eating!!

Elaine - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my little boy wont eat anythin,all he wants is sweet things what can i do?

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Rikki - posted on 02/14/2010

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try to find healthier alternatives. When my daughter gets on her kick periodically doing that, I put the correct meal in front of her and if she doesn't want it, I don't give her anything else...I tell her that's whats on the menu, you don't have to eat it, but that's what your getting. If she doesn't eat then, she eats her next meal. I know it may sound extreme to some, but she's only 2 1/2, the sooner the "bad" habit stops, the better everyone will be. (from experience with my 8 yr old step daughter who is allowed to get away with "replacements" for what she doesn't want). I promise, your son won't starve.

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Jackie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I buy the frozen mixed vegetables and frozen fruit for like smoothies and let mine eat them slightly thawed, they love it. They think its a treat.They will crave what their body needs. Good Luck

Danielle - posted on 02/18/2010

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i promise your kid won't starve themself. if you continue to offer good foods and not allow the sugary sweets unless they have an allotted amount of food beforehand, they'll come around. if they don't eat much for a meal or two, it's ok. my son got picky and i didn't worry too much as long as he ate really well for one meal a day - and usually that was a meal of his favorite things like syrupy pancakes or mac-n-cheese. but really, as long as you don't give up and keep offering the foods he previously has declined, he'll come around and at least try it.

parents are in charge of what food to offer and the kids choose how much. if they don't eat hardly anything for one meal, by the next one they'll be hungry enough to eat. :)

Heather - posted on 02/17/2010

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my 27 month old is horrible with this and i worry myself to death because no matter what i offer hell eat ravioli chicken nuggets french fries and junk no fruit very little veggie its time consuming wasteful and frustrating so although aside from hiding healthy things in stuff he will eat like broccoli or spinach in mac and cheese (worked for me) i have no advice but hang in there they wont starve themselves and you are not alone lol

JoJo - posted on 02/15/2010

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My little boy has been this way since he quit baby food. He is 4 1/2 now. And his pediatrician said give vitamins and v8 fusion from the grocery store. So that is what I do.
I swear he only eats chicken nuggets, chicken, spaghetti. Bananas and applesauce.
I was so discouraged. I just keep praying someday he will grow out of this stage. He is healthy at every appointment.

Shellie - posted on 02/15/2010

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Don't worry you are not the only mom with this problem. My youngest has born a full term baby, but everyone thinks she was a premie by how small she is. She is a very picky eater too and is 28 months old. The doctors put her on pedia sure hoping she would start to gain weight. Kids are kids. When they are hungry they will eat. It just makes our jobs harder when they won't cooperate. Good luck, from a fellow struggler.

Jane - posted on 02/15/2010

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get all of the sweet things out of the house. he'll adjust in a few days. he won't let himself starve.

Christy - posted on 02/14/2010

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My kids were the same way so I got introduced to a very exciting concept to me. Now they are asking for fruits and veggies! Once your body has those good foods it starts wanting it. Check it out! www.bodycravesjuiceplus.com the kids just love it!

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter is a picky eater too, and she is almost 3. We are just starting to get where I can get her to take a few "no thank you" bites. The doctor told me that I should just offer healty alternatives, first, then balance it with foods they like. I always put the veggies on her plate first, and tell her to take two bites of the veggies if she wants her macaroni and cheese. My daughter does love soups, so I give her blended soups w/ a straw.
Of course, the doctor has told me that kids get the nutrition that they need from the foods that they eat. I do have the book Decepively Delicious, and it has manymany recipes w/ veggies in sweet things!

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I feel your pain Elaine. My son, Jamie, has a small rotation of food and it used to really bother me. He bascially eats no veggies or fruits (unless dried). He eats waffles, pancakes, pasta, chicken nuggets and if I am really lucky a PB & J. I feel with the food I am wasting to offer him each meal could feed a small country. Jamie also loves sweets and has Grandparents willing to spoil. Hang in there. Let me know if you'd like some recipes to try. Jenn

Jenni - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hey Elaine, I am going through the exact same thing with my 22 month old son. I was getting really upset and worried until I chatted with other mums I know with the same age kids. Aparently this is a normal faze!! That doesnt make it easier but at least you know your'e not alone mate. All Chase would eat was vegemite toast and banana custard for the first couple of days!! I went food shopping a bought a whole stack of healthy stuff to try and get him to eat something better. I let him come to me when he is hungry and then I offer him a banana, grapes, cheese stick, yoghurt etc. For dinner he will have a sausage or chicken. I still cant interest him in vegies though which is frustrating! But I keep trying. Anyway I hope some of those suggestions help. Good luck mate.

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