My child won't eat.

Cynthia - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 13 month has started this thing a little while ago. There are days where she will not eat anything. Sometimes all I can get her to eat is bananas. Does anyone else have this propblem? Any suggestions?

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Robin - posted on 05/01/2010

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I still sometimes have this problem. my 22 month old is a pricky eater she does eat but somedays all she wants is milk and juice somedays she eats all day long! our doctor says she is underweight and weights only 22 pounds! she is 33 inches tall! is there anything I can do to get her to gain weight?

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My sons physician once told me that children go through phases where they will only eat one particular type of food, or just a couple... I have gone through this with my son where he will only eat frozen corn dogs, sweet tea, and bananas for an entire week!!! it was nerve racking however it is a phase :) As far as the completely not eating goes, she is not going to starve herself, so when she wants to eat, she will :) have you talked to her dr about it? good luck ;)

Sherrie - posted on 04/30/2010

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i have a 14 month old and two other children. Only my baby(14 mos. ) has the exact same problem! The doctor said vitamin drops and they help. But what i was doing and did't realize it TILL THE DOC. POINTED IT OUT. Was over feeding her liquids! So she told me she should have about 6 oz of milk at this age and maybe 8 but ONLY 3 bottles of milk at the most. Aso ,Juice and water sparingly and sometimes Pedialite when she was sick. So she was fullof liquids! I started only giving her her bottles of milk at the 3 meal times and juice sometimes and water. But about half of what she was drinking. Just a thought ? And now she still has a few days here and there but eats pretty normal"when she's hungry". Hope this helps, Sher

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2010

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hello! Just be mindful that young children will never intentionally starve themselves as i had this issue with my now 3 year old. Our doctor advised that it was a common phase that children go through and to ensure she still got enough nutrition for her growing body daily i was advised to give her a formula that was like a meal replacement and a bottle/cup a day would be sufficient. We used PediaSure and this is for the ages of 1 to 10. Hope this helps you.

Megan - posted on 04/28/2010

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I am a pharmacy assistant and I can tell you there are alot of multivitamins available for children. There is even a natural brand available in most pharmacies. If you are worried she isnt eating right then this would be a great option for you. I have trouble with my toddler eating also but they say they will eat when they're hungry. You can also try giving her a formula bottle of milk if she will take that as this will a great subsitute for solid food.
Hope this helps :)

Cynthia - posted on 04/27/2010

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Thanks for all the info. It's nice to hear that my shild isn't the only one.

Kat - posted on 04/03/2010

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my daughter is 9 now, but when she was little she never ate much i tryed everything but all she wanted was chicken dippers very day... i took her to the docs but they said as long as shes growing theres nothing to worry about, so save the stress on her and me, i jst feed her wat i new she liked, she still is a fussy eater but shes healthy and happy

Justin - posted on 04/03/2010

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There is a multi-vitamin for the younger kids "My First Flintstones" vitamins, the age on the bottle is fro 2 & 3 year olds, you can always cut one in 1/2. Up until about 2 months ago, my 4 year old rarely ate anything, we could get her to eat breakfast, and then she would only eat lunch or dinner, but never both. She is very picky, but Ketchup became our friend, if she won't eat what we are having, we offer Ketchup, Bbq sauce, or ranch dressing to be used with the food. She eats everything. I find that when she is having a growth spurt, I can't feed her enough, but when she is not in the growth spurt, she eats like a bird. The doctors told me that is "normal" per se, kids know when they are hungry and will eat when they are.

Tylene - posted on 04/02/2010

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Is she constipated? Sometimes when my son has not pooped in a while he won't eat...then once it comes out he is a pig!

Cynthia - posted on 03/31/2010

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I haven't tried the multivitamins yet. I didn't know there was such thing for babies. And I'll try giving her the frozen things. Thanks.

Amy - posted on 03/31/2010

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is she teething? when my kids were teething, they didn't want to eat because their mouths hurt. They did take frozen peas and toasted bagels - things that were either chewy or cold. it just felt good. or i'd get ice and put it in those mesh bags for them to chew on [or a washcloth that has one end dipped in water and then frozen.]. Other times if i orajeled them before meals, they did better. or if she's sleeping a lot and not eating, could just be a growth spurt and she'll make up for it soon. :)

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