Is not eating meat normal for a 3 yr old boy?

Sharia - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son will eat chicken and chicken only, my husband say its just he don't like the texture of hamburger. I told him we may be dealing with a vegitarian or something.

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Claudia - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi,

Well my son was the exact same way at that age. I want to say that from the age of 2 1/2 to about 7 years old he would not eat anything other than chicken. If we gave him fish or meat we had to "tell" him it was chicken and he would eat it hesitantly. But as he got older he began to eat everything. I think because I dtill gave him the meat and fish but told him it was chicken helped him like the other foods.

Hopefully this helps.

Claudia

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Melinda - posted on 06/13/2009

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I have always been told by my Grandmother and several aunts that a child will eat when they are hungry. My son would go for days that he couldn't get enough to eat and the several days that he didn't eat. As far as getting him to eat a variety of foods, we would not let him leave the table until he had tried at least one bite of the foods and then he could tell us if he liked it or not. Most of the time he liked it. He actually eats more food that is good for him than I do!

Marcy - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son eats chicken, hotdogs and meatballs. He won't eat any other meat. he chicken has to be breaded, hotdogs have to have ketchup and the meatballs go in the crock pot all day with sauce to make them mushy. he won't touch steak, hamburger (same as meatballs I think) or fish (except sushi which is kind of funny). I work around it. His school is all vegetarian so there is no meat at all during the day. They serve Tofu sometimes but he can't stand it. There are so many ways to get in lots of protein w/o eating meat that I wouldn't worry about it too much. I think they just have a hard time chewing things and they don't like the texture on their tongues.

One thing that has really helped me is that I take my son shopping with me and have him help me pick out "new" foods to try. It seems to help get them a little excited.

Jerrie - posted on 06/12/2009

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When my now 9 year old was 2 1/2 he started a new daycare. After the 2nd week the director finally asked " Is your son really a Vegetarian?" I told her no, what would make her think that. She told me that my son had told them he was and they thought at 2 1/2 if he knew the word vegetarian he must be one, so they hadn't been giving him any meat at lunch time. If it is any consolation he considers himself a meat eater now :-)

Keyla - posted on 06/11/2009

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My almost-3-year old son doesn't like any meat, really...Even chicken nuggets. I try to sneak in tuna with his mac and cheese or something into his rice, but doesn't always work...Maybe at some point he'll like it.

Tonya - posted on 06/11/2009

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just a faze probably. my daughter would not eat any meat at all for a few weeks. or so she though. we had a lot of spagetti, quesadillas, burittos, chilli and anything else that we could hide some meat in. we stopped talking about it and she forgot about her protest

Rosa - posted on 06/10/2009

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Hi Sharia, my daughter, is 2 & 1/2 and the only meat she eats is meatballs (she hates chicken) but a tiny piece. She also eats fish fingers and only because she thinks they are like chips LOL Thankfully she drinks toddler formula ( she also hates milk..) which is like a multivitamin, so i'm not overly concerned at the moment... I too thought she might be becoming a vegetarian...

Kim - posted on 06/09/2009

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My 9 year old would not eat meat from about 3 years old it was not that he didn't like the taste but that he didn't like to chew it. As the years have gone on he will eat a little bit of chicken but really it's his choice we don't push him to eat any thing but he is healthy and lively so leave them to it. If no signs that it is troubling or causing health problems.

Carla - posted on 06/08/2009

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My son was the opposite. He preferred the ground meat and refused to eat chicken or pork chops. He is now 4 and just started to eat meat. My daughter (18 mos) is eating just about every type of meat, but is a little reluctant over ground meat. I've learned that kids can be very different, even with the same parents and house :)

Shae - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 and he is kind of the opposite. He won't eat chicken. He does not like the "crunchy" texture if chicken nuggets or any breaded anything. He loves cheeseburgers, and tacos but those are the only ways he will eat hamburger. i was wondering if this was a phase too. His pediatrician told me that he only needs 1-2 oz of meat protein a day, so I am not that worried. He eats tons of fruits and veggies. He used to try anything I put in front of him now he wants to be in control in all areas of his life. I think that is where this is stemming from, he won't poop when he doesn't want to either. How do we get our kids to think that it was their idea? :)
Shae

Alexis - posted on 06/03/2009

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Reading your conversation, I am only now starting to accept it a phase these kids go through. My son does the same thing but it not just chicken its just chicken nuggets he wants. I hope this phase pass and soon.

Kiersten - posted on 06/02/2009

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not eating is completely normal. They go through phases of eating and not eating. My son was a great eater untill he turned two. Then he hardly ate anything and I was worried but my pediatrition told me not to worry. He won't starve himself. He also gave me a good tip. Keep a little plate or shelf in the fridge low enough that he can reach with just snacks that he will eat. Maybe a plate of grapes, pretzels, goldfish, cheese, chicken nuggets.. whatever they do like. then they can just grab as they please and feel proud of themselves for getting it all by themself. Because alot of the not eating is a control thing. this way they think they're still in control. But little do they know you really are. Also if he still isn't getting enought veggies I use fruitables juice boxes. It's vegetable and fruit juice. but tastes like regular juice.

Marlène - posted on 05/30/2009

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Being a vegetarian is not a sin lol... Anyway, my 3 yo don't like red meat either but I can give him any kind of fish which helps. I don't like the idea of lying to your kid while telling him it's something when it's not. If he eats all the rest, he'll come around in 2 - 3 years. My eldest (almost 13 now) was quite picky when he was little but now he eats everything inclueding some strange vegetarian food that I like !!!!

Shawna - posted on 05/30/2009

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My 4 year old is just now starting to like hamburgers...he'll do hot dogs too but for the longest time if it wasn't chicken, he wasn't eatin it. I had the same fear that the child would grow feathers but he's proved me wrong so far....he may be growning horns now tho and that's not just from eating cow!! LOL

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I think your husband is absolutely right. My sons won't really eat meat. My oldest has never preferred it and eats a lot of fruits and veggies. My baby boy is 4 and he doesn't even eat chicken like that. He will eat burgers occasionally but saw the Thanksgiving turkey a couple of years ago and had nightmares that the meat was chasing him. LOL! He has been even more picky about meat since then.

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It is normal! Most children do not like meat at all. Kids are born natural vegetarians, its not something their bodies need to develop, its an acuired taste as they get older. My brother thought the same thing when my nephew was younger and he thought that I was making him a vegetarian, since I was. Don't stress it and don't force him, when he is ready and his body "needs" the meat (we really don't need it, just the vitamins and iron, which he gets from veggies anyway) he will want it. Besides think of it this way, there are so many hormones and drugs fed to the animals before slaughter do you really want your son having those in him? That is one of the reasons kids are overweight these days, its not the same as when we were kids.

Kelly - posted on 05/28/2009

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Telling my 3 year old that all the meat we give him is chicken also helped us. He will say he doesn't like something until we tell him it's chicken then he eats it right up. It is possible though that it is a texture thing. My 1 year old... soon to be 2... loves all foods... except raw brocoli... its all about the texture of it. I know he likes it because he eats it cooked.

Sharia - posted on 05/28/2009

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Thanks Claudia, that is helpful and I will give it a try before he grow feathers. LOL

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