My 13 months old has stopped eating properly...

Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old over the last week has decided not to eat proper meals. He has always been such a good eater up until now! And it is starting to concern me. He has maybe two bites of toast for breakfast, only a couple of pieces of apple or orange and cheese for morning tea, nothing for lunch, and maybe one or two bites of something for dinner. I have tried not giving him his bottles as I thought they were filling him up- but it didn't make a difference. I have also tried all different meals (including his favourites) and still nothing... He has never been fussy before, so this is all over whelming for me.



Should I be worried? Is there something I can do? He has been teething, but its been a week without eating properly!!!!

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Krista - posted on 09/03/2009

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After having 5 children, I have come to find that this type of off again on again eating is pretty normal. As well as the aforementioned possible causes, it may also be realted to growth patterns. My youngest daughter has gone through several episodes of not eating much at all and when she returns to eating, she's a little piggy. As long as you offer food and take care to make sure he is properly hydrated, he'll be fine. Kids eat when they're hungry (when their bodies demand fuel). You will find your son doing this many times before he is 5.

BELINDA - posted on 09/02/2009

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Hi Rebecca, I wouldn't worry too much, my 5 year old went through that stage for about 2 years, the important thing is not to force them to eat. my son would eat some breakfast in the morning and then nothing till that night, he even got to the point where he would only eat bread. he's still not the best eater in the world but we're gettin there. Good luck

Gina - posted on 09/03/2009

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Hi

my little girl did exactly the same thing around 15 or 16mths old, she was still having formula bottles when she went to bed during the day and in the evening. I lost sleep over this and worried, the only thing I could suggest is that when your little one is hungry he will eat again, I got comfort in the fact that a couple of bottles a day meant she wouldn't starve. To put your mind at rest perhaps get the dr or local child nurse to do a once over and if everything is ok, just keep offering good quality food so that anything he eats counts. Lastly, don't worry, if he is playing and general wellbeing hasn't changed then all will be fine. I've also read that they don't need quite as much around this age as their growth slows down, they've just been through a very rapid growth phase in the first 12 mths. Take care.

Molly - posted on 09/03/2009

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All I Can Say Is Try Anything You Can. My Son Is Four Years Old. When He Was A Year Old, You Could Get Him To Eat ANYTHING. I Loved It. I Don't Know What Happened, But Now He Only Eats PB&J, Hot Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, And Fruit. I've Tried Many Things, But All I Know Is I Miss Him Eating Normal Foods With The Family.

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Try frozen berries, grind up vitamins in his milk, and relax he will eat when he is hungry. They all do :-)

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Monica - posted on 09/04/2009

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My pediatrician told me with both my girls ( 4 and 2 yrs) when they did the same then you baby to replace one bottle with pediasure to make sure they were getting all the nutrients they needed. As far as he is getting his milk and doesn't loose weight he will be fine.

Lindsay - posted on 09/03/2009

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i have 2 say i have 4 and 3 of them are very picky children change they go through stages they decide what they want there will be days your child will eat like a pig and not want to eat at all its normal honestly you have nothing to worry about

Tracy Anne - posted on 09/03/2009

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Continue giving him meals at the right time of day. If he doesn't eat them make him aware that there will be nothing else. Make sure he's getting plenty of fluids though.

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter went through the same thing a while ago. After 2 weeks I made an oppointment at the doctors office - by then i was so worried i stopped eating myself. The doctor re-assure me that most kids her age will go through this and the normal eating habbits will pick up again. Give him plenty of floods to take in, expesially if he is still on his formula (everything he needs is already in his formula). I suggest a normal routine check-up at your family doctor just to give you peace of mind in the mean time.

Christie - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son has always been a light eater and I worry that he isn't getting all the nutrition he needs. What we do for him is give him Pediasure. It has all the vitamins and nutrients of a complete meal. We would give him lunch of dinner, then after a cup of the Pediasure. He loved them and would drink it right up. It helped me feel better knowing that he wasn't "starving". Walmart even has their own brand, it's basicly the same thing, but cheaper.

Lauren - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son will be 14 months old tomorrow. He went through the same thing at 13 months. Today when I looked in his mouth, I saw that 4 of his molars have come in. He is eating much better so I am sure that is what it is. I would just try to feed him when he is hungry. My son likes yogurt so if I could only get him to eat yogurt that is what he got. I wouldn't worry, I am sure he will get out of it once he has cut those teeth.

Christie - posted on 09/02/2009

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My 15 month old son started doing this, too, almost a week ago. He might take 3 bites for breakfast and dinner and nothing at lunch. He has always been a good eater also. Very frustrating because he has also started waking up a lot at night. I thought it was because he was hungry from not eating much during the day. He's never been a snacker, but we've kind of implemented (healthy food) snacking because he seems ok with taking a couple bites of something here and there throughout the day and it's been a way for us to make sure something gets into his tummy. Another mom told me she read that they are asserting their independence and to not force feed because it will only exacerbate the situation. I've also been told recently that they do this when preparing for a growth spurt. I think he is teething, too, but he won't let me get in there to see for sure (but he is drooling a lot).

Candice - posted on 09/02/2009

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if he has a cold, he may also get an ear infection. if it's been a week i'd take him to the doc. my daughter had ear infections without fevers every time.

Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009

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Yeah he has. He has a cold and is teething on and off. I have been checking his temp lots and he hasn't had a fever which is always good. But I don't think he's 100%.

Candice - posted on 09/02/2009

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is he still drinking his milk? has he been sick recently? sometimes ear infections effect eating. teething will too. as will any other "bug" they may be fighting off.

Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009

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Thank you Lorie. That makes me feel better. I was really surprised only because he has always been an eating machine until now. I think cutting all snacks out is a great idea. I shall enforce that one I think. My hubby tends to give him crackers or something in between meals. So I will be watching him!! :) Thanks again.

Lorie - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son is four and went though the samething about your little ones age and is still like that. I think its because they are starting to realize they can choose what they eat and you can't make them. I also cut out snack, its still a BIG rule in our house. If you don't eat your meal then no snacks. Most of the time that will change their minds. My other son is 14 months and is starting to go though the samething as well but he is teething as well, teething can do some crazy things to children. I wouldn't be worried of I were you. The only time I woulds get worried is if he starts to lose weight. The only thing you can do is keep on giving him all the great healthy foods your giving him.

I hope this helped and good luck ( try not to worry to much )

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