My 4 yr daughter simply does not eat

Thamarai - posted on 09/22/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




My 4 yr old daughter simply does not like to eat. She is small and weight is less than it should be, She is very picky and i often give her time to get hungry. But, even when she gets hungry she mostly dozen't eat and gets very cranky. And when she is cranky, she becomes very difficult to control. I tried everything. Earlier she ate atleast the ones that she likes. But as days goes by, her prefence has gone dowm.


Kathryn - posted on 09/23/2012




First make sure she doesn't have and tactile issues with food. Some kids have extremely strong oral senses, which hinders eating. If that isn't the issue try this....

This works but it is NOT fun.

Do it on a weekend.

Make a breakfast that everyone is expected to eat, even her. Sit at the table and eat your food, and tell her she is expected to eat just like you. She may cry, scream, throw fits, but make it very clear to her she is not allowed to get up until all the food on her plate is eaten. Don't give in. If she gets up set her back down. It took my son 4 1/2 hrs the first time (years ago) and now he will eat almost anything. Explain it to her it is important for her body to eat. Even the pickiest eater will eventually eat. If you consistantlly do it she will eventually eat with no problem, no matter what you make her eat.

Also use a sticker chart to encourage her when she does eat well.

Sounds strict but it WORKS!!

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