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My three year old son, has always been a picky eater.. Used to only eat the crust from a sandwhich, eats around a donut etc. But recently he wants chocolate milk or nothing at all. The doctor say's this is normal that children between 2-5 can be very picky. But my son will go days without eating a meal! He'll eat some crackers, or a hamburger bun, and chocolate milk. Then after a couple days he pigs out, then hes back to the crackers, hamburger buns and chocolate milk. It gets very fusterating at times. I feel like its my fault he won't eat. Is anyone elses child like this? My son has always been very tiny, right now hes about 3 feet, and 25 pounds.

Recently he's been telling me his belly hurts. And I know its because he's hungry. But still he won't eat. Other then his eating habit he is a very active healthy boy. Im just so tired of trying to play guessing games on what he wants to eat everyday. Just to find out nothing.

We sit at the table together, that doesn't work. Ive tried not making a big deal about it and leaving different foods on the table. And that doesn't work. Ive even brought his food into his play room. Just incase he gets hungry. Nothing is working. Even though his doctor says "This is normal." I don't feel it is =(
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replied March 16th, 2008
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Dear Flyaway3405

When you said you asked a doctor, is it a pediatrician? From my own experience doctors (GP) are not so well verse like pediatrician, sorry if I offened anoyone, my daughter was a picky eater herself when she was young, the pediatrician told me that so long she drinks milk it's okay even though some might think it's not. Soon I introduce some food that she likes 'colour food' like carrrots etc. Slowly she started to eat. Hope this helps take care - Love Hart74
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replied April 24th, 2008
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Yup! This has happened with all of my children but one (she likes everything all the time lol) and he will grow out of it. You are doing the right thing to leave stuff out...he will eat when he wants. Sometimes it helps if you let them walk with finger foods around the kitchen or outside.
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replied January 22nd, 2009
I thought I was the only one!
Thanks Flyaway3405 for making me feel like I'm not crazy. My alsomst 3 yr old won't eat either. She had texture issues from the beginning. She would do babyfood meats. Then we did solid food, they were only a couple of fruits and a couple of organic crackers she was willing to do. When she finally got around to chicken fries and pizza, I was thrilled. But now she is so SICK of the limited food choices she will eat that she's now not eating. We live off of v-8 juice and Earthbest crackers. I BELIEVE she will NOT grow out of this (knowing how I was growing up). I feel it will be a life long struggle for her to try new foods. I have also tried many tricks to expand her choices with NO success. Because she won't do bread, eggs, cereal, baby food, meats, etc., I have no way of sneaking food into recipes. Anyone success stories out there with this type of extreme behavior???? If so, please write me.
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replied October 25th, 2012
Eating issues
My 3 1/2 year old lives only on pedisure, chocolate milk and cookies. He will literally not eat anything else. He was diagnosed as having texture issues and he is now on occupational Theraphy, but after 3 months he barely has tried pudding and even that makes him gag. We are desperate, we don't know what to do.
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replied January 22nd, 2009
I guess there are a few of us out there
You have no idea, 'Slester' how much better you made me feel. Sometimes I find myself in tears because my 2.5 year old is not eating anything. He also has trouble with textures. And just like your child, he used to eat more of a variety (mac-n-cheese, pizza, even chicken nuggets). But with time he got tired of all of it. The only things he puts in his mouth now are: milk, juice, toast, and yogurt. And I am scared to even think that he will get tired of those too, because he is not willing to try anything else at all. I try. There was a good suggestion above - to leave food on the table or playroom and see if the child may possibly be interested. Even of he/she just touches it, it may still be the beginning of something new. It doesn't necessarily work for my 2 year old now, but it worked with a couple things with my first child. He is 4.5 now, and just now he is starting to actually eat meals. I hope my second one will be the same, but I am afriad he won't be (they are completely two different people, nothing in common at all).
Good luck. I know I didn't give much useful advice, but it's always nice to know that there is someone else out there going through the same troubles.
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replied May 15th, 2011
Child not eating
Hey Jimasha1216,
Same problem with my son who will be 4 in June. He sometimes goes for days without eating solids. I always give him pediasure to make up for the loss of calories. What I don't understand is he always has plenty of energy, and I don't know where it's coming from. I stay upset, and I've allowed family members' comments to discourage me. I'm glad I'm not alone. Going to look up Food Chaining on google. It is mentioned further down in the discussion. Good luck to you my friend.
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replied February 10th, 2009
This makes me feel so much better
Ive been in tears because of this. My 2 year old does not eat! He's 23lbs and can only wear 12month baby pants. His 9mth old brother is in the same size!

My son will pretty much only eat healthy foods though. He eats yogurt, apples, bananas.. and really, thats about it. We have introduced him to chicken fries and he seems to like those okay somtimes.. he'll eat french fries as well.

But he's just skin and bones. My pediatrition is worried about him and wants to do all kinds of tests on him.. I don't know what to do but I am so relieved that I am not the only one struggling with a toddler who doesnt eat.

If you have any suggestons, please write me.

Thank you so much!
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replied February 11th, 2009
Occupational or Physical therapy...?
I don't really know what to suggest since I am in the same boat. My son doesn't even eat healthy foods or french fries. But I have been taking him to occupational therapy once a week for a few months. And I am being told that with a lot of kids, the problem is their sensory system. They don't like tasting new things, they don't like new textures, etc. So, we have been doing different games and exercises to increase and organize his "feelings." We are using this plastic brush that has soft bristles on it, and we brush every day. It's supposed to help. He likes these little massages, so if anything, at least he likes it. He seems a little happier...I think. So, maybe after this, food will follow. I don't know. It's just a suggestion. I am just doing whatever I can, reading books, Internet, talking to people, trying out OT and ST. We'll see. It may be worth it. Look into this as well. You may find it helpful. Good luck! Smile
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replied March 10th, 2009
Sensory & Tactile
All the postings I have read have been helpful in a very supportive way--to know we are not the only ones out there. Sometimes I feel so helpless, my daughter (almost 3) looks as though she is from an impoverished country. She is skin and bones except for her little belly that sticks out.
We ride a roller coaster on what she will or will not eat--know matter what, it is limited. We have seen doctors, run many tests (blood, developmental & psycological), had physical therapy and speech too. We are to try OT next. Nothing has really changed--perhaps for a few weeks here or there she will eat better and we are fooled to think she is finally having a break through. She was a preemie and we have been told that she has sensory & tactile issues--mostly touch and processing. They say she will grow out of it. I'm afraid she is slowly starving.
The only thing I can offer is from a wonderful children's gastro doc down in DC. He got her on Pediasure--it has a 3rd more calories than even whole milk. We get vanilla w/ fiber. It has 9 grams of fat and a good source of vitamins--comes in other flavors as well. She would have a tube in her stomach if we did not have that.
Thank you for sharing.
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replied April 20th, 2012
I am glad to hear that i am not the only one. My son who will be four in a couple weeks is exactly like all the postings i am reading. I really thought we were alone for the longest time. I felt alot of guilt like i was doing something wrong and it is very frustrating especially when everyone steps in with their opinions on what to do or not to do. I have appreciated all the advice i have been given and found what works best for my son is just prepare the food and let him decided to eat. I generally distract him with his favorite cartoon or movie. I set the food in front of him or hand him a sandwhich on a plate and he will forget what he's doing and eat. At 9 months is when all this started. I enrolled him in early on and within a few months he made some improvement but he would also relapse. He is still very picky and without pediasure i don't know how he'd gain any weight. I have just recently enrolled him in daycare at an elementary so he can get the social skills and also so he can go to lunch with other kids and see them eating different things. I am hoping this will help before we get into kindergarden. I fear because of his eating and sensory/texture issues that if it doesn't change before kindergarden he will be placed in special education. That's what i was told by an early on occupation and speech pathologist. Good luck to you also and it is nice knowing i'm not alone with this one.
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replied May 28th, 2012
My son is 5, till he was 2 he was eating normally, then we moved overseas and we have to lived in a hotel for a month, he eat chiken fingers and fries, milk, plain bread and yoghurt and that was his diet for a year. Then I REFUSED to make fries at home anymore, was a drama... finally after days of crying and eating milk and bread... he try rice. From 2 till now he is eating sometimes spaguetti, egg and bananasjust in panquekes( mixed)he doesnt drink any juice, just water. So his diet is mostly carbs, and lacteos. He is very tall for 5 yld. he is energetic, but his sking looks unhelthy, not much color. He is in kindergarden, and I do have to go everyday at lunch time because he is vomiting 1 a week there..because the " smell" of the caffeterie. When we are at the supermarket, he doesnt want to be around the fruts and veggies area, he said "he will vomit". The pediatrician also said that is normal for his age, but its been 3 years with not veggies or fruts!! he is also constipated of course!!
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replied April 20th, 2012
I am glad to hear that i am not the only one. My son who will be four in a couple weeks is exactly like all the postings i am reading. I really thought we were alone for the longest time. I felt alot of guilt like i was doing something wrong and it is very frustrating especially when everyone steps in with their opinions on what to do or not to do. I have appreciated all the advice i have been given and found what works best for my son is just prepare the food and let him decided to eat. I generally distract him with his favorite cartoon or movie. I set the food in front of him or hand him a sandwhich on a plate and he will forget what he's doing and eat. At 9 months is when all this started. I enrolled him in early on and within a few months he made some improvement but he would also relapse. He is still very picky and without pediasure i don't know how he'd gain any weight. I have just recently enrolled him in daycare at an elementary so he can get the social skills and also so he can go to lunch with other kids and see them eating different things. I am hoping this will help before we get into kindergarden. I fear because of his eating and sensory/texture issues that if it doesn't change before kindergarden he will be placed in special education. That's what i was told by an early on occupation and speech pathologist. Good luck to you also and it is nice knowing i'm not alone with this one.
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replied July 1st, 2009
eating disorders
sadly i'm going thru the same thing with my 16month old. he'll only hav yogurt out of a pouch, and farley rusks so i give him multivit drops (abidec) and give him follow on milk rather than regular milk, as follow on has higher calories and more nutrients! drs say 'as lolng as he's alert and thriving, he's fine' but its not fine for a parent... so try vit drops, just for ur own peace of mind.. my older son started eating a few months after giving him vit drops, as they're supposed to increase appetite. he'll eat anything now...
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replied July 19th, 2009
"FUSSY EATER?" - WHAT AN UNDERSTATEMENT!
I feel all of your pain! I hate to call my daughter a picky eater because it completely underplays what I go through on a daily basis. My daughter is almost 3 and has eaten nothing but Butoni Chicken Herb tortellini and Betzios frozen pizza for dinner and lunch since she was a year old. She has plain dry cheerios and a jar of baby fruit for breakfast every day because I MAKE her AND feed her--she will not feed herself anything with a utensil.

When she won;t eat the pizza or the pasta, I maybe get 3/4 cup of soy yogurt ( she is allergic to milk and eggs). Other than that she drinks 2-3 bottles ( yep, still on bottles with the nips cut off) of soy milk and 1 bottle of V8 Fusion diluted EVERY DAY. The only other foods I was able to introduce in 2 YEARS was goldfish and Vienna Finger cookies with the icing shaved off. Yep, NO ICING. Hence, I give her a multivitamin.

In my eyes, she has an eating disorder. yet her pediatrician says b/c her weight is ok, there is no issue. But i say the only reason her weight is ok is b/c i insist she still eat babyfood, I feed it to her like a baby, and offer her milk after each meal. If I stop feeding her, I lose yogurt and any pureed fruit.

To make matters worse, lately, she has stopped eating the pizza and pasta. so she exists - no exaggeration- on cheerios, yogurt, soy milk, goldfish and vienna fingers. On paper, i think i look like I am starving my kid and could be arrested for not feeding her. Realistically, anyone who knows me knows what I go through with her. I offer fresh fruit and tons of homemade food everyday. I have been cutting up bananas and strawberries for 2 years. Never touches it. we NEVER go out to eat b/c we can't . She won't even sit at a table. I even try to bribe her to try french fries or chicken fingers or lollipops or ice pops and she starts FREAKING out.

I do believe she has a sensory issue ( hates new textures like sand and playdough, just started playing with both) and a tactile phobia. She definitely has a phobia with her mouth. Will not let you near it, won't brush her teeth, won't let me check out her teeth and always has a pacifier in her mouth chewing on it.

I do believe something i did led to this, and I do believe some of it is inherited from my husband who is an extremely fussy eater. There are so many things that could have led to this: she had reflux, she vomited alot as a baby, I let her suck babyfood off a pacifier b/c she wouldn't take a spoon until 11 mos, I took her to the dentist at 18 mos b/c she had spots on her teeth... the list is endless with what I could have done to bring on this behavior.

But what i need is some concrete advice and therapy for what I believe is or will become an eating disorder. Despite people telling me I was crazy, I decided to make an appt with a nutritionist and feeding specialist. We go this week. And if that doesn't work, a behavioral therapist. I don;t believe in the old adage, "if she is hungry she will eat". I have tried that method with the bottles and I literally dehydated by baby. With food, I will only end up starving my kid and creating a weight issue. If anyone has any other advice please share.... my only advice to every other parent suffering with this is to at least give them some sort of milk - it will keep the weight on until the real issue is sorted out. its the only thing i believe that has kept me from losing all hope. (And yes, I have cut out the milk at times to see if she would eat more food, doesn't work.)

I just had my second child and I am starting baby food earlier - 4 mos. and if she hates it, I will not push. I will let her drink and wake me up for months just do I don't have another feeding issue. I am literally in tears 3 times a day- breakfast , lunch and dinner. If anyone has a success story out there with a similiar demanding child, please tell it! I am losing hope.

-exhausted mommie in NY
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replied May 22nd, 2012
hello i am a mom to the same child and he is two years old, we have done every test in the book and im at a lost at this point. i would love to find out what happens next after your appmnt. i feel you and am so sorry. my son is going to be 3 in dec and i still have him on the bottle cause most days thats all he will take. i have started putting baby food in the milk to get something in him. he does not like the shakes or pediasure at all. hope it gets better
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replied July 25th, 2009
Hi!
My 2.5 year old son is similar... here are a few suggestions:

- he loves "veggie dogs" - they are like hot dogs but made with soy. You almost can't tell the difference in taste and they are full of iron and B12 etc. I cut them in small round pieces and he eats them no problem. There is also vegetarian pepperoni which tastes really good and is full of good things.

- I find that he eats better when he's hungry (he gets very few snacks) and if we go for a walk and he's in the stroller, there is nothing to do but eat, so he does (same thing in the car)

- he gets really curious about a food that he sees or hear about in a book... I was shocked the other day when he asked to try honey after he read a "winny the pooh" book a few times! There was a Dora episode where she goes to get blueberries and right after, same thing, he ate a small bowl of them "to be like Dora".

- if he sees something really often, then he's more likely to try.. so once, I ate buckwheat pancakes for 7 days in a row and he finally tried, and now that's part of his regular meals (thank god it lasted only 7 days)...

- try to create new experiences (like picnics, eating outside, eating at the table but with candlelights).. because it was something new for him, I was able to introduce new habbits at the same time.

I was looking for other advices because his diets is still limited (8 meals but some fruits and veggies too) and my daycare provider finds it hard to leave him go hungry because he won't touch her macaroni and cheese.. so I really hope this changes with time!
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replied July 30th, 2009
feeding groups, food chaining (google for book with this in title), patience, no pressure...all helpful
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replied October 5th, 2009
3 yr old refusing to eat
I am in the same boat! My son turns 3 in November and his diet consists of chocolate milk and toast with jelly. He sometimes eats pizza and cereal.. but rarely.

We were recommended to start giving him pediasure (try food first, then offer him pediasure) and he actually really likes it! He asks for "chocolate milk" and he gets pediasure.. He is slowly starting to pick at food now.. I think he was relating his "hungry pains" to food and he was afraid to eat..

I'm still really worried about him, I am beyond stressed out about his eating habits I can't sleep at night. Our Dr is telling us the same thing as all of yours. The pediasure is very expensive (6 for $10) but it is starting to give me a little piece of mind, so its worth it.. at least he's getting some calories.
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replied April 20th, 2012
I am not sure if you are eligible for wic or not but pediasure is a covered benefit with a doctors prescription. They won't openly tell you that. Just wanted to share that advice! Good luck to you! My son is the same way and i am told the same as everyone on here. It is frustrating but just know it's not your fault and your not alone. I feel much better knowing those simple two things. I still worry about my son but i'm hoping and praying he will outgrow this like the doctors are saying.
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replied November 19th, 2009
Toddler with an eating disorder?
I too am suffering a child who won't eat. He is 20 months old and has had an issue with food since the day he was born.

Quite literally, he hated breastfeeding, even though he was good at it, and even as a newborn would only feed for a total time of about 10 minutes then refuse to feed anymore.

At 4 months of age, he gave up breastfeeding himself. He actually refused to breastfeed. Went on a nursing strike. I too was told to leave him be and that he wouldn't starve himself but he went for so long without a feed he was in danger of becoming dehydrated. This is a 4 month old.

I gave him bottles of formula after that and those worked. Even then, he'd only take the smallest amount of formula. He was 6 months old before he'd take 200ml (7oz).

Since the day he was introduced to solids, he has refused food. All he will eat now is Organix Banana Porridge baby food, oat biscuits, bread sticks and sometimes yoghurt, but he often goes off that.

Rarely, he will eat something newly introduced (fish fingers, chicken nuggets) and then after about 2 days goes completely off it, never to touch it ever again.

He survives on a milk, oat biscuits and bread sticks. That is literally his diet. He is thin, though he has boundless energy.

He wakes up in the middle of the night hungry and usually takes food then, like yoghurt, but he'll stop at just one small pot.

We also cannot take him out. He won't sit in the chair, won't eat off our plates, or anything we offer him. This kid won't even eat cake or chocolate or junk food.

I am also afraid he has an eating disorder or an eating disturbance of some sort. It's like his brain is wired in a certain way. He is otherwise healthy and normal developmentally, but just something about the way his brain is wired means that he has to have this weird control over food (it's not about the taste...it's not even about the food itself). Like people with eating disorders, it's about the control.

How do you get over that with a 20 month old?

I am also in tears over it, lose sleep over it, worry and believe that I have done something wrong.

At least it's good to know that I am not alone. I hope we all get our food phobic toddlers sorted out soon!
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replied January 21st, 2010
Eating Disorder
It's good to know I'm not alone!!!!

My son is 22 months old and we have struggled with this problem since he was about 11 months old. He did good as a baby with breastmilk and formula and actually ate things like chicken,yogurt,spagetti and hamburger and rice when he was almost a year. I don't know what happened and I feel like I have done something wrong. He was in therapy for a few weeks but felt like it was going nowhere, should we go back to therapy????
He only eats crunchy snacks such as granola bars,goldfish,crackers and drinks V-8 juice. I'm so worried and frustrated. I'm hoping he will get over it but it sounds like from other moms they he may not!!
What to do?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!
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replied January 28th, 2010
3 yr old still won't eat - lost a food; therapy/chaining useless
I am back! Its been over 6 mos since I last posted about my 2.5 yr old and her lack of eating. nothing has changed. She is now 3, we have been to feeding therapists, speech therapists, dentists ( to check her mouth) and allergists and everyone tells me there is nothng wrong with her. Tried a feeding therapist for 3 mos, tried chaining and actually lost the food we tried to chain off.....and now, for the last 2 mos., she has refused to eat her pasta, the one thing I relied on to fill her tummy and keep weight on. now we are down to Betzios pizza w/ no cheese ( allergic to milk), cheerios, pureed banana and strawberry and soy yogurt - which i still have to feed her myself. So basically NO protein other than what comes from soy.

I am waiting for her to faint although she seems to have endless energy. She is constantly complaining of sores in her mouth which i can not find, and hence tonight I am ditching the pacifier. she is wailing and i am crying and I just want to escape with my 10month old ( ironically who will eat anything!) and start over.

no one ever told you it could be this hard, this early on.

I tried to dip her tortelllini in "pizza sauce" tonight hoping she would eat it, but she refused, gagged, cried, screamed. etc. She is now rejecting a food she was eating everyday, for 2 yrs. Rejected it overnight. Can a child thrive on cheeseless pizza from a box, cheerios and soy milk? what am i doing to her?!

I truly wish Pediasure came in soy.

Her issue is effecting my entire household. no one is happy b/c at least 3 times a day my daughter makes all of us tense and stressed. My husband comes home to crying and a depressed angry spouse.

the strange thing is, is that she loves to go grocery shopping; will peel a banana but not eat it. Hold a raspberry but never put it to her mouth. yet the first snowfall, she runs outside and picks up snow and tastes it. Someone PLEASE diagnose this! this is not normal! HELP!

STRESSED NYLIMOM!
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replied August 6th, 2011
How is your daughter doing? My 3 1/2 year old son has been going through the exact same issues for the last 2 years! We are struggling and stressed out!!! He is getting tested for food allergies or sensitivities. He also has been seeing an OT and behavioral specialist for the past year. In addition, he attends a school with extra therapists and teacher assistants...but the eating disorder and behavior is still a constant problem.
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replied August 6th, 2011
FUSSY EATER - WHAT AN UNDERSTATEMENT _ UPDATE!
Well its been a year since that last post and some interesting things have happened. At 4.75 yrs old, my daughter still eats the same foods. She has added nothing to her diet, yet she is in perfect health. She even ended up dropping the chicken tortellini right around 3, went for a year without eating pizza everyday and cheerios and the usual, and still did not lose weight or sacrafice energy. We went to a behaviorist and a feeding therapist who both said it was 90% control, 10% sensory. And their advice was to let it go, stop bothering her, let her eat pizza twice a day. Or let her starve if she didn't eat what i requested. so i tried the first one and just laid off. and just last week, after tons of swimming and beach-going this summer, and super active days where I would forget to offer her snacks, she tried the chicken tortellini again ( i give it to my 2yr old 2x a week) and now "loooooovvves pasta". SO i have to admit, while she still only eats 5 foods, she is healthy and when her body needed extra calories, she went back on pasta. Since I left her alone, and sort of forgot her snacks here and there or ran out of pizza occasionally, she went without. The next meal was not a fight (although she would only eat her safe food.) We have made progress-- licking things to try it, eating balled up pieces of bread when i forgot her safe foods. So i know she CAN do it, she just won't. And since that has been her response for so long, its automatic. The real test is September when she will be in school from 8:30 to 3:30. I am packing a normal lunch including one safe food, and we will see what hunger does..... but rest assured, if you do back off and do nothing, the results may surprise you. and just another interesting fact today: my 2 yr old, recovering from a stomach bug and refusal of liquids/foods for 2-3 days, wakes up and asks for an apple. not water or juice. so weird. So i give it to her. She ate the whole thing ( not usual food for her) down to the core. My point is i think from 3-5, these kids take what their body craves, even when it doesn't make sense for us. My new mantra in my house now is: here is the food, you have an hour, you don't eat now, you don't eat. no stress. sometimes they do, sometimes they don't and they make up for it later in the week. not ideal for everyone but seems to work for us. my husband, when he is with them, rules out all snacks, and they both devou pizza parlor pizza ( another step forward - we were on frozen only) And lastly, make every single food count. I thank god i offered chicken tortellini first before regular pasta. it has chicken in it, so its a little better than plain pasta. so keeping all the above in mind, this is how we have gotten through the last year and its been progress for all of us. i still pray for patience on a daily basis, and need a drink on bad days but its been better.
good luck every one! thanks for your reply.
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replied December 24th, 2011
Picky eater or more
Hi NYLIMOM

I am not sure if you are still following the forum but my son behaves a lot like your daugher. He eats very littel and we keep his weight up by constantly chasing him around. If we leave him alone he eats few bites and seems to be satisfied.
I just wonder how your daughter is doing at this point? She must be around 5 now right?
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replied May 24th, 2012
Pediasure is basically lactose free milk and carnation instant breakfast. Try the Carnation instant breakfast powder in the soy milk.
My daughter is pretty bad too, and to keep from being in tears or getting too fustrated I try to focus on the fact that the only person's behavior I can control is my own. I try to stay even tempered and not take it personally. If I become stressed it will only make matters worse.
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replied May 24th, 2012
Pediasure is basically lactose free milk and carnation instant breakfast mix. Try the Carnation instant breakfast powder in the soy milk.
My daughter is pretty bad too, and to keep from being in tears or getting too fustrated I try to focus on the fact that the only person's behavior I can control is my own. I try to stay even tempered and not take it personally. I know I am doing my best. If I become stressed it will only make matters worse.
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replied February 6th, 2010
2 yr old refuses real food
Oh man, I feel everyone's pain here. I have a 2 year old that won't eat a thing other than some raw bell pepper, maybe a few pieces of carrot, a couple of potato chips, and that's it. She'll drink fruit juice, sometimes. We can usually get her to drink about 15-20 ounces of whole milk a day. But, she only weighs about 20 lbs. She used to eat gerber graduate meals and a babyfood jar of fruit afterwards. Or a large jar of cereal and fruit with a glass of juice or water. But now...just the bell pepper, carrot, and chips.
She won't touch pedisure. She won't drink pedialyte (or eat the popsicle form). We are so concerned for her.
We've considered trying to get her to the Scott White clinic or someone, to positively rule out physical problems that could be causing this.
Let's face it..most toddlers will eat stuff normally, on their own, without prodding and cohersion, especially if a parent or sibling is eating it, or it's within reach (on the dining table). But, not our daughter. Ever.
Anyone have any other suggestions? I'd love to hear them! I'm open for different approaches to solving this problem.
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replied February 11th, 2010
To the moms struggling with picky eaters
Wow, I really thought I was alone too. I also have a 2 1/2 year old with the same issue. But on top of that is a true picky eater, he even THROWS UP the little that he eats after going through so much trouble feeding it to him. My son throws up about 3 times or even more a week. He gets even worse when he is sick. He has been having this problem since he was about 3 months old. At birth my son was a full term healthy boy, but showed signs on feeding problems when I was breast feeding him. He would not latch on at all! I even saw a lactation specialist during my stay at the hospital and after wards. All the lactation specialist could say was that he had a short tongue. After that I just gave up, I continued to just feed him bottled formula. He was doing ok until around 3 months he started to throw up easily his formula (he was not allergic to milk), I never understood why, since I never forced him his bottle. Then around 5 1/2 months I began to introduce him baby food he would actually gag as soon he felt the food in his mouth and would throw up or spit out his food.(I began with 1st stage fruits and veggies). He would not open his mouth and would even cry if he sees a spoon. The only way he would eat if I tricked him into opening his mouth with a pacifier and then let him eat his food while sucking on a pacifier. I was told by his Pediatrician that he grow out if this, but he never did! It was clear he had a texture issue I've tried all kinds of methods into getting him to eat and all that ever did was spoil him. He did not get used to eating with a spoon until he was almost two. To this day he still throws up every week and the only things that seems to work is punishing him when he doesn't eat.
I would either turn off the T.V, take away a toy and even give him time outs. After giving him a two minute time out, he actually listens and opens his mouth to eat his food. But now, he actually pockets his food in mouth and takes a long to chew his food. I can relate to all you ladies, the pediatrician tells me he is normal, but this is NOT normal when ti's clearly affecting a child's health.

Ladies all I can say is, I believe that the children are very picky eaters all have food behavioral problems and it's up to us as moms to actually show some authority to our kids for the sake of their healths. My son has been gaining some weight with my current techniques. He now eats a bit more knowing that if doesn't, he will get a time out. I hope this helps, I wished someone could me figure out why he throws up so much.
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replied April 20th, 2012
I feel your pain on the throwing up issue. My son projectile vomitted since birth. I had to switch his formula so many times. Then finally nutramigen was the only one he didn't throw up as fast on. He made it two months on that formula but then it was time to put him on milk. But the doctors went back and forth on whether he was lactose intolerant. So he drank lactaid for quite some time. He still would throw up, gag, and has texture/sensory control issues. I was told at 2 months he had acid reflux. Tried to give him medicine to treat that but all it did was make him throw up more. He finally at about age 3 stopped throwing up. I associated that change with his father and i splitting up. We went through a rough patch and two days after i moved my son stopped throwing up. I moved in with family and my son seemed to be happy again for awhile and even tried alot of foods. He would eat for my brother and sister in law and my mom. Then i got my own place and it was in the winter time and he was sick alot. The throwing up started again whenever he seemed to have excess mucus from allergies or a cold. But he was a little stressed again at this time due to our move. Then his dad and i reconciled and he's been fine with no more throwing up. Maybe there is something stressing you child as well. I was told from his pediatrician at one point that stress can do alot to their little systems. Good luck to you and i hope he outgrows all of this soon! I'm still waiting too!
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replied February 17th, 2010
Hello Ladies,

I too have similar issues my son is now 3 and since birth feeding has been an issue. He does have hypotonia witch causes him to use more energy to do the same things a typical 3yr does. He does not eat well at all.

Heeats pizza,chicken,pasta, fruit and veggies but very small quantities of them and most times it is a fight, telling himevery couple min to take a bite. Like so many other people we have done so many things, time outs, take away toys, leave him alone even make big deal when he eats anything but nothing works, so very fustrating when you see your child not growing and losing weight.
Our doctors and we have seen many of them just tell us to wait him out and put butter on everything again not working he has to eat it to get the extra calories.

What actually has worked for us has been using Boost Kid essentials 1.5 it is a peadisure type milk it has one and a half times the calories of pediasure along with this the also have an adative called benecalorie and it is liqid calories and protein. These can be found on Nestle's wesite. these are helping but I would still love to find an answer to what is going on here with our kids there has to be something more than pickey eaters.
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replied May 7th, 2012
5year old eating issues
My husbands son is 5 and he goes days without eating, by the 2nd day he complains that his stomach hurts then will make himself vomit. We give foods that he has always eaten but now all we hear is I don't like it or he will take one little bite and say he is full. He has no energy and has learning disabilities. My husband SATA there is nothing wrong with him because he doesn't look underweight but his dad is 6ft 5in and 330lbs and his mom is about 400lbs. My step son is under 40 lbs, he is constantly bruising. He has had major dental work done already due to tooth rot and he has very poor vision and it keeps getting worse. Anyone have any suggestions to help?
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replied February 17th, 2010
lo Ladies,

I too have similar issues my son is now 3 and since birth feeding has been an issue. He does have hypotonia witch causes him to use more energy to do the same things a typical 3yr does. He does not eat well at all.

He eats pizza,chicken,pasta, fruit and veggies but very small quantities of them and most times it is a fight, telling himevery couple min to take a bite.

Like so many other people we have done so many things, time outs, take away toys, leave him alone even make big deal when he eats anything, but nothing works, so very fustrating when you see your child not growing and losing weight.

Our doctors and we have seen many of them just tell us to we see nothing wrong and put butter on everything again not working he has to eat it to get the extra calories.

What actually has worked for us has been using Boost Kid essentials 1.5 it is a peadisure type milk it has one and a half times the calories of pediasure along with this the also have an adative called benecalorie and it is liqid calories and protein. These can be found on Nestle's wesite.
these are helping but I would still love to find an answer to what is going on here with our kids there has to be something more than pickey eaters.
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replied May 24th, 2012
My daughter is really bad too. We going to therapy 2x a week. There we do lots of play therapy with eating. But at home, what often works best is playing a favorite video as she eats, pausing it when she stops and letting her know to take a bite if she wants to see more.
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replied May 24th, 2012
My daughter is really bad too. We going to therapy 2x a week. There we do lots of play therapy with eating. But at home, what often works best is playing a favorite video as she eats, pausing it when she stops and letting her know to take a bite if she wants to see more.
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