how do u get a 2 yr old to eat

Sam - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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i have a 2 yr old who weights 22lb n she dont like to eat really need help the only thing my child eats is fruit, chocoate, crisps,bisuits she wont eat bread,veg,ect now i got to take her to the diet docs for help but thats not till 3 weeks away

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Michelle - posted on 03/26/2011

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My daughter is the same way doesn't like to sit down and eat but if we let her eat on the run she will nibble on finger foods all day. We offer very small servings of fruit, vegetables, toast with peanut butter, nuts ( as we have no nut allergies) and any other healthy finger snacks I can find. My daughter loves chips so now we offer vegetables chips and apple chips which she just loves. As for the weight issue my son is now 10 eats lots and is still what they consider under weight so don't fret about the scale if she is healthy and looks healthy that is what is important.

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Brandy - posted on 04/18/2011

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thank you, we worry because she was a micro preemie therefore weight has always been an issue as well as alot of other things. so far weve been really lucky she hasnt had to have any surgeries and she seems to be catching up now that shes two, but she just isnt gaining weight and it seems like we have tried everything. after a while i thought well there are alot of small people on my moms side and its probably just that but when she went a whole year without gaining a lb it started to worry me, the dr explained that because she has a history of anemia and other deficiencys that its really important to find out whats going on because its weakening her immune system. its very frustrating because i really want to teach her healthy eating habits and she already loves fruits and vegtables over any other food if i give her a bowl of blue berries next to a plate of cookies she will go for the blue berries every time and in my opinion thats great but i struggle with getting her to eat anything else which is why i try to be creative.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/18/2011

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the doctors never seem to be satisfied with the kids weight..as if the weight/growth chart is the end-all be-all of what all kids should be. My children have always been at the 95% of the chart for both height and weight and the doctor tells us...just keep an eye on it. Genetics have a lot to do with how they grow. Unless your daughter has a illness of some sort, I wouldn't take too much stock in worrying about her weight.

I do wish you the best and hope things get better soon.

Brandy - posted on 04/18/2011

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elizabeth, i understand what you are saying but we have always done that and we still do, however if you have a child who is not gaining weight to the point that it is effecting their health you have to offer them something else. and it also depends on your personal situation, for example i am diabetic among other things and i cant eat the things that my daughter is supposed to eat because she is supposed to be on a high cal high fat diet, i try to make things that we can all eat and add to her meals or eliminate something from my own, it can be tricky.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/05/2011

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My suggestion is to server her whatever everyone else eats at family meals. My kids get the same meal my husband and I get ..just less for obvious reasons. It doesn't matter if they like it or not..it goes on their plate so they get used to seeing it there and can try it.
I think that is why we have never had issues with picky eating ..you eat what I serve..if you don't like it ..wait until the next meal.

When's the last time you heard of children in Africa starving because they didn't like what their mom's made for dinner.

Brandy - posted on 04/04/2011

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i know exactly what youre talking about, my daughter is 2 and weighs 21lbs, she only gained a pound in a year, all she wants are fruits and vegetables its rediculous, we are always trying to hide food in the fruit or vegetables but now that she is at that picky eater age its becoming very challenging and its easy for others to say stop giving them this or that but if your child is like mine they will starve themselves, we were told to try pediasure or carnation instant breakfast but my daughter will not drink it and her pediatritian said add butter heavy cream and condiments to everything we can and if she will only eat cookies let her eat them because it might not be healthy but the weight gain is more of a concern at this point, also we were told to try to push eggs peanut butter and beans because of the protein which we try but its tricky, fortunatly jenna loves french fries and loves to dip things so she will eat alot of catsup or ranch dressing with those, and because she loves fruit we put it in just about everything she really doesnt know that strawberries or grape jelly doesnt go on scrambled eggs so she eats it lol i also want to mention that we had a problem with jenna gagging and even gagging herself randomly when she was playing or what ever and her developmental therapist told us that she was trying to strengthen her gag reflex because some babies especially preemies dont develop that as quickly so thats something you might want to look into, our appt with the nutritionist and GI specialist isnt until june but theyre going to test her to see if maybe shes not absorbing the nutrients, i hope some of this has helped just try to be creative and keep offering the food, as long as they arent losing weight theyll be ok

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2011

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My 2 year old has good days and bad days with his eating. The key is to just keep offering things that are healthy. Eventually they will pick it up and try it. We do the same as Michelle and offer healthy finger foods that he can eat on the run. He does not like to sit to eat. SO in the morning he gets a few small snack bowls placed out on the coffee table. I will offer some type of fruit(apples, pears, grapes, bananas, etc) cut into bite sized pieces, raisins, almonds, dry cereal(Kashi or cascadian farms-nothing loaded with sugar). Mid day I offer him cheese, yogurt( i will feed it to him), carrots, some form of meat(chicken, ground beef, etc), crackers. At dinner time we try to get him to sit in his chair and offer him whatever we are eating. He gets water, Kefir and a green drink to drink throughout the day. HE stopped drinking milk. Just decided one day he didn't want it, but he eats plenty of dairy so I am not worried.

Segale - posted on 04/02/2011

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Was she a formula baby?? Try giving her formula. I gave my daughter gerber cereals, I made it with the formula and really thin so she could drink it out of the bottle. Then she has a fruit and scrambled eggs or whatever the family is having for breakfast, she likes oranges and apples and I allow her to play with it if she wants. She used to mush everything together and then eat it. Flinstone vitamin after breakfast. I let her snack on healthy stuff like raison bran or granola bars, and more fruit throughout the day. She has dinner with the rest of the family and if she gets hungry again before bedtime, I make her a bottle of thin cereal again. The formula is not enough for a two year old, but its easier for their bodies to absorb because its made for babies and then she's also getting vitamins and food. Also is your baby more of a drinker than an eater. Make fruit juices and maybe even blend her food and let her drink it.

Laura - posted on 04/02/2011

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i have the same problem. my daughter dont really eat either. i give her pediasure shakes to make sure she gets all the vitamins she needs

Nicky - posted on 03/28/2011

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my son is nearly 3 and does'nt eat a thing for me he is only 27lb. i recently cut out all junk food with the exception of a few at the weekends , and it amazing the difference in him eating all his meals , give it a try , dont give her any sweets and see the results !!!

Sabra - posted on 03/25/2011

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I agree with hannah about not offering her things like chocolate. I noticed that you said she tries to make herself sick when she eats which sounds more like a psychological thing than anything else to me. Try not to pressure her to eat offer her lots of healthy snacks maybe even try leaving some snacks where she can get to them on her own. She shouldn't starve herself at that age but try and get healthy foods into her instead of junk.
You can also try having her help in preparing the food. Make it something fun you can add food coloring or cut things into fun shapes to try and make eating more enjoyable for her.

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first off - stop offering your child things like Chocolate! if they are only eating a LITTLE bit you want to make sure every calorie counts!
USe whole milk still, don't be afraid to give her plenty of butter on the toast.
Continue to offer her plenty of healthy snacks and meals.
It is good you have asked for a referral to a nutritionist, they will be able to better assess your childs diet and give you a tailored plan.

some kids are just skinny. My nephew is that way.

Sam - posted on 03/24/2011

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just like mine she dont eat breakfast the only time she will eat is at 3 in the afternoon just can handle it she is so thin n small n tiny i just dont no wat i would do if she has to stay in the hosptial im trying so hard to make her eat but everytime she puts some thing in her mouth she trys to be sick even if she has a spoon in her mouth

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2011

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My son will be 2 April 7th he has never been a big eater...I don't force my son to eat doctors always says as long as they eat something...A lot of times my son won't eat breakfast he's not much of a breakfast kid...I was always worried about my son barely eating also but doctors wouldn't do anything my son only gained 2 lbs in 5 Months that's not a whole lot and when he was a baby he would only gain a half pound to a pound every 3 months they said as long as he's gaining some weight

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2011

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My son will be 2 April 7th he has never been a big eater...I don't force my son to eat doctors always says as long as they eat something...A lot of times my son won't eat breakfast he's not much of a breakfast kid...I was always worried about my son barely eating also but doctors wouldn't do anything my son only gained 2 lbs in 5 Months that's not a whole lot and when he was a baby he would only gain a half pound to a pound every 3 months they said as long as he's gaining some weight

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