Eating

Keli - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 18mth old son is only eating small amounts of food. I thought he was a grazer like a lot of toddlers but he'll have days where I can't get him to eat at all. He still only wieghs about 10kgs. Should I be concerned? Any ideas on what I can give him to encourage him to eat more.

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Jenny - posted on 01/20/2009

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My 3 yr old would eat in fits and starts, we were so worried but I will always remember my pediatrician telling me that a child will never let themselves go hungry. Not sure if he was 100% right but it made me calm down about it, once I was less stressed by it he seemed to be less stressed about it. He still have a limited diet but its healthy and have been told that there are far worse diets than chicken nuggets and peas!!!!!!! At least your son is eating albeit small amounts.

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter is almost 32 months and is still a very picky eater. Her best meal of the day is breakfast and after that she doesnt eat much. The one thing that she really likes are fruits and some veggies. Sometimes I will make her lunch and she wont touch it, so I will leave it out for her. She eventually gets hungry and eats it. even If its closer to dinner time. Try leaving something that doesnt spoil quickly out and maybe when he gets hungry he will eat it. Especially if its sitting right out where he can see it.

Alisha - posted on 01/19/2009

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I am glad I read this post. My son is 16 months old and hardly eats. He is under the 50% mark on the charts but the doctor says not to worry but how can he go a whole day with only eating a few apples or a few bites of his dinner. He worries me so much and I have tried so  many different foods on him but he just doesn't eat. I took him to a nutrition and she gave me a food chart and showed me size portions that he can handle but he doesn't get anywhere near as much as the chart says. Do they grow out of this???

Monica - posted on 01/19/2009

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Toddlers self-regulate their intake.  As long he's plotting along the growth curve you need not worry.  I'm a toddler's Mom and a Pediatric Clinical Dietitian so I see this kind of thing all the time.  Pediasure or Boost Kid Essentials might be a good thing to try and it will give you peace of mind that he's getting the nutrition he needs.  I started my son on the gummy vite when he when through a period of little eating. He's really likes them.  Offer small snacks frequently through the day and minimize distractions during meal times too. Sometimes toddlers don't eat because they're more curious about what's happening around them!

Jaime - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have the same problem with my 26 month old. She goes through spurts of eating and not eating. I have learned to let her eat when she wants, and to make sure it is healthly, now she will snack on veggies, and apples with peanutbutter. She still wil not eat her dinner, but if she is snacking all day that is better than not eating.

Carissa - posted on 01/19/2009

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If you think that he's not getting enough nutrition, you could supplement with pediasure. Its basically milk with lots of vitamins and minerals. It is designed for tots who don't eat very well.

Samantha - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hey i dont know what you've tried giving him but can say my 4yr old son is pretty fussy when it comes to eating and was the same at that age and because we want our kids to eat healthy foods what i did was cut up all different fruits and veg such as - corn spears, red capsicum sticks, cucumber slices, cheese, tomato wedges, apple wedges, banana slices, watermelon pieces, and so on. If u just leave it all prepared on a plate in the fridge u can bring it out when u think he might be hungry and see how he goes. All the different colours can actually be quite attractive while at the same time being healthy. U could add a few savoury biscuits or jatz as well. Hope this helps....

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