My toddler does not want to eat

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Tiffany - posted on 02/14/2010

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my son does the same thing. you can not nor do not want to make a child eat. my doctor said as long as he is drinking then he is fine. She told me that when he(my child) wants to eat, then he will.

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Tee - posted on 02/14/2010

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Join the club. lol I know it's cliche to say this, but they really will eat when they're hungry. They won't starve themselves. My son is really weird about eating. Sometimes he'll act like we don't feed him and will eat everything in sight, then the next day he acts repulsed by food! I don't force him. I just offer several items to him on his plate (fruit item, veggie, pasta/potatoes, meat item), sit at the table with him to encourage him to eat with me, and choose not to make a big deal about it if he refuses the food. What also helps is if I leave the plate sitting there for awhile, I'll catch him going back later, reaching up onto the table, and munching off of the food from his plate. It's almost like a game with them...a power game. lol If you make it a big deal, they will refuse, but if you allow them to eat when they are ready, everyone wins! :-) If you're really concerned, you can always go to the store and buy your child some pediasure to supplement what you think your baby is lacking. Try this link for more tips: http://pediasure.com/PickyEaterTips



*Is your toddler at his/her ideal weight for his/her age? If the weight is not an issue, chances are, your toddler is probably getting what he/she needs to have balanced nutrition. If not, then you really should consider the pediasure and contact your pediatrician to get more help with what to do to make sure he/she is getting the right amount of nutrition in his/her diet.





When my toddler gets sick, he instantly refuses food, too. Ear infections, sore throats, bad colds, or even exhaustion will cause a toddler to refuse food. Hope this information helps, and good luck. Hang in there, mom!

Claire - posted on 02/14/2010

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Make it a game. Separate foods into colors, use plates that have pictures on them so that she has to eat the food to see the picture. We've even done counting games with our kids -- they count how many pieces of meat or green beans, etc. they have on the plate then eat them.

I'm sure your daughter eats something at some point during the day. Make sure she's not eating for the hour or two before meals and getting herself filled up!

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