why wont my toddler eat? is this a stage?

Chantelle - posted on 06/28/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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hi my 21 month old daughter has gone off food she simply wont eat anything says she not hungry im not one into force feeding so i just let her go play she only has 220mls of milk each day 100 at lunch and 120 b4 bed and her juice she sips on through the day (60mls) but shes not acting like she is hungry its been 4 days she she has had solids i didnt wanna take her to docters if it was just a stage shes going through has anyone else had this problem with this?

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Cindy - posted on 06/30/2011

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it's a stage. My son started that around the same age, he's 3 now and still doesn't eat much some days. I think it is partially due to he drinks a lot of juice, milk and water through the day. I water the juice down so it's not so sugary/sweet but he can fill up on juice some days. Most days he will eat only toast with peanut butter. He also refuses to eat meat so mealtimes are very very difficult around our house. She will eat when she is hungry. Make sure she has access to fruits, veggies and all the good stuff. Even unsalted cashews as a source of protien. Try the Deceptively Delicious cookbook or something similar - hiding pureed veggies in cookies etc also works. I'm hoping my son gets out of this stage soon - I would love to give him burgers, chicken, meatloaf and all that other good stuff!

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Beverley - posted on 07/11/2011

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hi i have a 27 mth old daughter and she is exactly the same even wen she does eat she picks at her food and it worries me sometimes im like u i dont o if its a stage she going through because i never had this problem with my boys.x.

Rachel - posted on 07/04/2011

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I have gone through this with my daughter but she is younger and very small for her age she is now on formula 2 times a day because she simply does not eat enough to sustain a fly and it seems to be helping. Some days she will eat and others she wont touch a bite we just take it one day at a time and let her eat when she wants to. Just keep trying and good luck

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I have a special needs son who had surgeries, etc. and was on a G-tube. Learning to eat has been a LONG process but I have learned a great deal.

First, kids who have sippies of juice, even when you think it isn't much, do not get as hungry. Sippies should have water only. Literally 4 oz of juice a day is as much as any child should drink.

Do you have regular meal times? Put the food in front of the child and what they eat in (20 min,/30 min.--your normal meal time). When meal time is over, put away the food. Plan healthy snacks in between meals. Serve with water or milk. Offer water throughout the day, if they are thirsty. They really will eat when they are hungry but certain habits make it easier for small children to skip meals, such as too much milk or juice being given around the clock. When they fuss, just let them know that snack time or lunch time is in 30 minutes and that they will have to wait. Teach early patience and schedules so that they are able to learn! Be tough through the learning of a new habit and you will reap great results!

Chantelle - posted on 07/04/2011

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thanks guy i will give her another week of no eating then im gunna have to take her to doctors as im starting to worry

Chantelle - posted on 07/04/2011

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thanks guy i will give her another week of no eating then im gunna have to take her to doctors as im starting to worry

Heather - posted on 06/30/2011

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Keep giving her a plate with a little food on it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Keep trying. I gave up when our son was around her age and now he hardly eats anything at all, and he is 3 1/2. So keep trying. Our daughter also tried doing the same thing, and I kept giving her food. She stopped eating Mac & Cheese, but she will eat everything else!

Laurie - posted on 06/30/2011

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She won't starve herself. If there is lots of healthy stuff around for her to munch on she will if she's hungry. Just make sure any unhealthy snacks that you might like to indulge in once and a while are out of sight and out of reach. Keep in mind that her growth is going to start slowing down soon if it hasn't already so she will not be eating near as much as she used to simply because she doesn't need the calories. Otherwise you'd have a three year that is four plus feet tall! Or a normal height one that is getting on the chubby side. Are her teeth coming in? Maybe her mouth is sore and that is why she doesn't want to eat suddenly.

Chantelle - posted on 06/28/2011

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she always has access to food she used to get her own breakfast (id pour milk) just opens pantry goes for a wander n gets wat she likes lol just now shes not eating she better start eating soon lol though would help my back if she lighter lol

Kat - posted on 06/28/2011

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I had the same problem with my daughter at about the same age. Her doctor said that it might because of the weather, or like you said could just be something she's going through. He told me to always have healthy snacks that I know she likes sitting out so she could help herself. That way even if you can't get her to sit and eat you know that she's still eating but keep trying, and don't give up! My daughter still has days where I just can't get a 'meal' into her but she is still getting what she needs. If this won't work I'd take her to you doctor, don't wait to long!! Good luck!

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