My son just turned 3 and is such a picky eater..

Rebecca - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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throws or leaves the food he doesn't want to eat.. he only eats chicken nuggets , and carbs.. nothing else.. any one have any ideas ????

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I have had 2 children that went through the same stage....do not stress. Children around 3 years generally dont eat much. They are not really having a growth spirt and as they are not in full time school...dont generally exert as much energy as older kids. When he starts going to school, he will certainly eat more. Children at that age can be pretty stubborn and will often not eat something just so you will give them what they want. You will probably find that when you visit other peoples houses that he will eat and often eat foods that he won't at home. This is totally normal. Don't let it stress you. Feed him the foods that he will eat and put a few other different items on the plate too. If he likes chicken, then try to cook it in other ways that arent so fatty (there isnt a whole lot of goodness in nuggets and it is highly salty). Unfortunately these days the TV and fast food outlets can corrupt the poor kids minds and make parenting for us a bit difficult. I am not sure if you have ever had spagetti bolognese, but it is a great all round meal and easy to sneak vegies into it. The kids always love it.  Children go through many frustrating stages and this is only one of them, but please be reassured that his eating habbits will change. Good Luck from Mel in Perth Australia. 

Natisha - posted on 02/26/2009

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Well it sounds like yours eats more than mine does.  And mine used to eat a little more than he does now. He even went to therapy and it made it worse.  Incorporate v-fusion ( type of v-8) or v-8 splash juices to his diet as well.  The docs say it helps out with getting him his fruits and veggies servings. I use flintstones multivitamins I never heard of Poly vi sol. THe flintstones are crushable so I can hide them in his drink. 

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Rebecca - posted on 02/26/2009

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Poly Vi Sol is a drop of vitamins that I sneak in his drink.... You can get it at Wal-Mart.. Yeah my son use to eat everything and slowly keep not wanting to eat anything...lol

Rebecca - posted on 02/26/2009

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Thank you for the ear.. I'm not sure how to do this reply thing..lol He drinks anything but can really only drink Chocolate milk and Capris Sun water drinks bc 100% juices make him have bad diapers !!!  He eats Mcd chicken fingers and some others.. not many.. pizza only hamburger and actually eats the hamburger.. Chips, cheerios, .. he takes Poly-Vi-Sol as a multil vitamin

Natisha - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hunnie, I am right there with you but my 4 yr old is worse! THe only thing I can offer you is an ear... u can vent to me.  My son eats chk nuggests ONLY from McDonalds, chk fries ONLY from BK and doritos. Oh wait.... he eats Pizza Hut Cheese pizzas and Anthony's cheese pizzas too. That's it. No joke and no exceptions. Just give your son a multi vitamin ( I have to crush my son's and sneak it in his chocolate milk).  Does your son drink  lots of different things?

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