Trying to get my picky eater to eat

Kathryn - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have tried absolutely everything to get my son to eat he is three going to be 4. I can make anything he wants and he still wont eat , ive tried letting him help with dinner, picking it out and nothing seems to work.

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Kathryn - posted on 10/08/2009

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Thanks everyone for your advice and i have tried everything you guys have suggested except doing supplements. I think maybe ill have to try those .I actually dont have any junk food in my house for this purpose all i have is crackers and fruits. And i wished he would eat potatoes but its like hell change his mind about what food he likes one day he loves something the next time around not so much!! Thank you guys again.

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Amanda - posted on 10/08/2009

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boost kids essentials and pedicare are great ones. I say this because my son is a picky eater and was actully starting to lost weight. I give him a flintstones vitamin everyday and serve meals like normal and sometimes he eats sometimes he don't but if he don't. Give hime a boost or pediacare and it at least gives him the nutrients he's missing when he doesn't eat. My son is doing better now and I"m not so worried about him not getting the necessary nutrients he needs.

Joanne - posted on 10/07/2009

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mash potatoe is a good way to put other vegetables into it sweet potatoe , parsnip , swede or even carrots . for fruit you can try banana milkshakes or squeeze fruit give had as a drink . Making funny colourfull picture likes faces or shapes on dinner plate . Avoid snacks unless fruit or yoghurts healthy choices and no snacks before meal times ;D

Maggie - posted on 10/06/2009

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there was just an article about this in Parents Magazine. I can't seem to find it online but look at their website. It has lots of tips for picky eaters...even how to sneak fruits and veggies into what they will eat!

Kristy - posted on 10/06/2009

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Don't make a big deal about it. Offer him his meals as normal, if he is hungry he will eat (I promise). Try to have him drink a couple supplements (ensure, milk, or even sugar-free frozen yogurt) for some vitamins. Sometimes us as parents make small issues bigger without even knowing we are doing it. Limit his "snacks" throughout the day so he will be more likely to be hungry at mealtime. Fill your house with "smart" food choices (fruit, veggies, yogurts, applesauces, etc.) and try not to offer "junk" food (chips, fruit snacks, cookies, etc.). Believe me...he will eat if he is hungry. My last advice is try not to create a restaurant environment...make the same meal for the entire family and encourage everyone to take a bite of everything on their plate. If he still refuses...it will never kill a child to go to bed with an empty stomache (it might actually guarantee a good breakfast meal). Good luck!!!

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