my three yr old wont eat or sleep and dr say hes fine what do i do

Gina - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my son started this i dont want to eat ANYTHING stage and when i do finally get him to agree on something to eat he changes his mind and hes wasteing alot of food now i am not rich accualy in a bad spot with money right now so i cant keep doing this with him its ben two days and all hes eaten is a taco i sware he dosent sleep either i am an insomniac and it seems right around the time i can fall asleep he wakes up and wants to play so i goet absouloutly no sleep anymore and im getting irritable with him because of it he sleeps a few hrs and then wakes up and it takes hrs to get him back to sleep i have tryed the soothing johnsons bath i have tryed sleepy time tea iv tryed not giveing him a nap and putting him to bed early nothing works ?!?!?!?!!?

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Tammy - posted on 10/26/2009

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Is he still in a crib??? Again, this can seem harsh, but I would put him to bed, and tell him that there is no getting up. Then, when you put him to bed, thats it. No getting up. You could even put a couple of books in his bed so that if he wakes up, he can sit and read them, but he can not get up until you get him in the morning. He will probably cry the first few nights, but just like the food thing, it will get better. It is of course really for his (and your :) ) good.

Tonya - posted on 10/25/2009

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My son is 5 and still doesn't hardly eat. Don't force him to eat anything, give him options and if he doesn't eat those then he just doesn't eat. Let him know that what he says he wants to eat, he has to eat and he doesn't get anything else. He will throw a fit for a while, but he will learn that you are in control. He will eventually eat when he gets hungry. Now, I know this is a vey HARD thing to do, but I promise you, he will not starve. This is normal and is pretty much to show you that he is in control (so he thinks :-) ). There has been days when my son has only eaten a banana. Believe me I didn' want to take others advice on what I'm telling you, but it worked out they were right. I give my son a daily vitamin with iron (flinstones). He eats very little still, but he does it at times and when he wants to eat all day I'm happy but I know it's because he is growing. You need to have someone watch him for a while so you can get some sleep. When you are tired, or upset, the child is very aware and it frustrates them as well. Good luck and keep praying.

Rebecca - posted on 10/25/2009

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I have a 3 year old that pulls that when it comes to meal time. I just let him know that if he chooses not to eat what is given to him he can have nothing else until he eats what is put in front of him.If he still chooses not to eat the he goes in his room or to bed if it's dinner time I do not bargin with him. We are on a tight budget as we have 3 kids and their father has recently been laid off. I am not about to make 5 different things knowing he will just waste them. The truth of the matter is he will eat when he is ready.It seems so hard to sit back and watch this but eventually they do eat. It just seems it is just a battle of wills I guess. Hang in there it will get easier, but if you are truly concerned you should talkto your Dr. Is he drinking fluids?

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