Sudden loss of interest in eating, is this normal for kids?

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My son is 16 months old, he has always been a great eater. Veggies, Fruits, Meats, Salad, never big on sweets... never had a problem, tried and loved everything! But lately I cant seem to get him to eat and it is causing me to go mad. He has pretty much decided he WILL NOT eat meat. He is getting really picky when it comes to veggies. All he will eat is Fruit, Yogurt, Jello, anything fruity. He will eat grilled cheese, oatmeal, eggs and a few other things... but I want him to start eating good again. Is it normal for kids to have such a sudden dislike of a large variety of foods that they have always enjoyed? Please... if you have any ideas on how to get my sons diet back on track let me know! Thanks. - Stay at Home Mom Gone Crazy

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Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010

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Try putting smaller and smaller portions of the things you don't want him to eat much of on his plate and keep putting portions of "good" food on his plate. Over time he will at least try to eat the other items when he's hungry and realizes no other food will be offered. I definitely agree with Rebecca that you should try to avoid offering other items from the fridge/pantry to keep from giving him the idea that if he just waits long enough then you'll give him something else.
Kids do go through cycles of eating. Also I've read that you should look at a week's worth of eating habits instead of a day. As long as the child is getting a balanced diet throughout the week and is otherwise healthy then there is no cause for worry.
Many kids have an aversion to meats. Meats are tougher to chew. It sounds like he's eating other things with protein anyway so it should be fine. Perhaps try to use ground beef or turkey mixed in spaghetti sauce to sneak in meat. He may be so busy eating the spaghetti that he doesn't notice the texture. Be sure to cut the noodles quite small though so that it's not a choking hazzard.
Hang in there.

Rebecca - posted on 02/19/2010

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My son is 18 months old and has been going through this same thing for the past few months...Keep offering the good food and he'll eat when he's hungry. It's really very normal for kids to drastically slow down their eating at this age as their growth beings to drop significantly. All along, they've been growing so much, now they all but stop (and so does their appetite!). As long as he's eating SOMETHING, and drinking milk, he should be fine. If you notice he's not as active or starts loosing weight, then take him to the doctor, but unless that's happening you have no reason to worry.



You could also get a mulitvitamin if you're worried. Infants'/toddler vitamins are usually liquid (I mix my son's in his juice to disguise the taste).



Avoid the temptation to offer him everything in your fridge and pantry to get him to eat (learned this the hard way, myself). You'll just create a picky eater. (trust me)

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Suzanne - posted on 02/23/2010

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I have two little girls that are like that. 20 months and 33 months. We just keep trying! That is all we can do. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/23/2010

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Just put a little of everything on his plate. If he eats it, great. If not, maybe next time. Just don't make a big deal of it. He will eventually try it on his own. That is the advice I got from my son's pediatrician who has 4 kids. He is right.

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