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Name: Laurie
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Hi! I have a 2 year old, and i have the hardest time getting him to eat. Many people, including the doctors have told me to just keep offering him different foods, but that doesnt work for him. All he wants to eat the last few days is peanut butter and jelly. It used to be chicken nuggets, but now he refuses to eat those. I have tried waiting to see if he would eat if he gets hungry enough, but he really wont. He will go all day and i finally just give him what he wants so he will go to bed. Lately he has only been eating maybe 1 time a day, and sometimes he wont eat all day and even the next day. Does any of your toddlers do this?? Any advice would help so much!!! Thanks.

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Name: Angela2 | Date: Feb 24th, 2006 5:26 AM
Oh my goodness I am so glad I am not the only one!! I have a two year old daughter and she is the same way. I cant hardly get her to eat anything. The most she eats is in the morning and I have to sit on the couch and share cereal with her. She eats my food more than hers. So I let her so she will eat something. Sometimes I end up giving her cookies or m&ms or anything just to put something in her belly. But everyone keeps telling me as long as I still have her on whole milk and she poops daily that she is probably fine. But I just cant see how it can be fine. When I give her food she will mostley take like one or two bites. I am lucky if it is more. She eats the best when I make mac n cheese. So we eat a lot of that. But I also give her that pediasure drink w/vitamins and pray that helps her. She is soo tiny I am afriad of her losing weight. She still wears 18 monthes clothes. And only weighs 22#s. What about ur son? 

Name: Laurie | Date: Feb 24th, 2006 6:19 AM
I feel the same way, my son drinks milk before he goes down for a nap and at bed time, but i still dont feel its enough. Unfortunately he wont have anything to do with anything that anyone else is eating unless it is sweets. He seems to want to drink liquids all day, and he doesnt like water. He refuses to drink it. I have been in the habbit of giving him gatorade since he isnt eating. He is actually in the 90th percentile or so for his weight though, i dont know how because his eating habbits have always been like this. He wears between a 3T and 4T and is 32 lbs. (he is equal for his height and weight). 

Name: E | Date: Feb 24th, 2006 6:54 PM
My daughter, who is 2 years 9 months old now, lately (last several months) also eats very little, just picks here and there, and her tastes keep changing. I don't worry too much, because surely she is pooping healthy ! One day she likes exclusively yogurt, the other day pickles. She used to be a good eater, like her brother is now (he is 1 year old), so I think it's a temporary stage. She is average, 28 lbs now - Angela2, when my daughter had her 2nd birthday, she was around 21 lbs, so I think it's OK for girls. My son is already 26 lbs, boys are bigger. They both drink a lot of milk. 

Name: E | Date: Feb 24th, 2006 7:01 PM
Oops, I confused the weights - my daughter was 21 lbs at 1 year old, and at 2nd birthday she was 24-25 lbs, yes, just like 18 month old, but still she was at 50% percentile - so 22 lbs may still be in the healthy range, in 25% percentile -? 

Name: Irene | Date: Mar 2nd, 2006 2:45 AM
what a relief to know im not the only one with that problem, my son just turned 3 afew days ago, he wont eat either, the only thing he eats is cheese sandwiches and always asks for lollies which my inlaws bring over so now i dont accept lollies from them, cause he will winge untill he gets his way, but we need to be tougher cause they know how exactly to push our buttons,
he still weighs the same as when he was 2, its really frustrating, but take him to the Doctors he just says he is healthy and active and theres nothing to worry about, but its easy for them cause they dont see what we us mothers see!

i dont know what to say, if i find a soloution ill let you all know,
all the best girls, and God bless xx 

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Name: ellie | Date: Mar 4th, 2006 8:30 AM
just let them starve, they will start eating then 

Name: channie | Date: Mar 4th, 2006 2:00 PM
hi you cant let them starve ellie! my duaghter stops eating and then starts again but when she does stop its scary. i try and give her snacks during the day instead of set meals. like toast or fruit. does he like friut. mines mad about bananas. another option if he will only drink liquids make him fruit smoothies. atleast that way hes getting something healthy inside of him. just a suggestion. 

Name: sue | Date: Mar 4th, 2006 2:05 PM
Activity -- walking, running increases their appetite. PB&J is not bad for kids. Milk is good. I wouldn't worry. He'll soon start eating as long as you keep introducing the various foods. 

Name: to laurie | Date: Mar 4th, 2006 5:32 PM
my nephew is the same way when he wont eat we put his cartoons on and when he stops eating the tv goes off and when he goes back to eating the tv gets turned back on , we slowed down on the drinking during the day because that was keeping him fuller then he wouldnt eat when we wanted him to and try some of that pedisure it has all kind of good stuff in it 

Name: SarahM | Date: Mar 5th, 2006 2:43 AM
Must be those 2 yr olds lol. My daughter is nearly 2 and only wants select things. One thing I found she loves is hamburger helper I guess she likes the sauce a=on the noodles but it can have the meat on her plate or she wont eat it lol. Her new thing is peanut butter and jelly on 1 peice of bread. So I have been giving her Chocolate Pediasure with her meals and she thinks its just chocolate milk. Its a lil expensive but she is getting the nutrients she needs and I can really tell the difference. 

Name: Concerned Nanny (Christina) | Date: Mar 6th, 2006 4:51 PM
Wow this was just the topic for me! I'm 25 weeks preggy with #1, but I do babysit a 16 month old mon-fri. I had noticed this same problem with her. Her parents were actually shocked that I could get her to eat as much as she does with me. I thought her eating problem was because they didn't store enough choices at home (which is still partially true). At first she just told me that she eats those frozen mac n cheese meals. When I tried she just dipped her spoon in the sauce and would maybe eat a noodle or two. And she won't let you feed her! I then made it my goal to find things that she likes. At first she LOVED string cheese.....bet then she figured out what a mess she can make with it so she started to play with it instead of eating it all like before. Then I made her grilled cheese and cut it into strips to make it more of a finger food. She likes that. She'll eat cut up apples. And she loves snack foods. And I always make sure I keep one of her sippy cups with some type of juice (but I mix it 1/2 & 1/2 w/ water) and she goes through about 40 ounces in the 4 hours that I watch her. Oh, POPCORN, that kid will munch down on that. But what ever I get her to eat, she doesn't really eat much of it. Her mom lets her have candy, but I don't believe in that! If she know's it's there then of course she's not going to want what's good for her. So I act like it's all gone when I watch her. At least I do know now that this is more normal than I thought at this age. 

Name: Luce | Date: Mar 7th, 2006 11:54 PM
When my brother was about three or so he wouldn't eat anything. My mom took him to the doctor and the doctor brought in social services cause they thought she was starving him but after they sat down with him for a few days and saw that even though she tried he still wasn't eating they realized it was him and not her. Although it was a hard time perdiod to go through he eventually did grow out of it, though very slowly. And he always remained a very very picky eater since then. He's 21 now and wont eat any fruit no vegetables except for corn green beans and peas and will only eat meat if it is boneless. His hamburgers tacos burritos etc. are all plain ---so maybe this is a sign of picky eating? I don't know, I haven't had any children yet. 

Name: anna | Date: Mar 27th, 2006 7:05 PM
I'm soo glad i'm not alone, My son is 3 and for the last 16 months or more will only eat cheese sandwiches, the health visitor advised us to offer him what we eat at night and he will eventually try it, I returned to the health visitor some 6 months later for perhaps a new suggestion and was told to persevere, she also added that seeing as he eats fruit and yoghurt he is ok! I don't know about anyone else but I need help to encourage my son to eat a normal diet, or at least to try things even. Any suggestions would be greatly appreiated. 

Name: Lisa | Date: Mar 27th, 2006 10:37 PM
My 3 yr.old nephew is the same way!!! Its a phase and the DR. says a kid wont starve themselves so dont worry about it and just keep giving him what he will eat,its no big deal.The DR. said he will move on to other foods when hes ready,but still offer them just incase hes ready to try them,cause with kids you never know!!But its nothing to worry about.Maybe each time he eats put his (usual ) on the tray and just a little bit of something else too,he may surprise you one day and go for the other? 

Name: Raquel | Date: Apr 9th, 2006 3:53 AM
I feel your pain, I also have a little girl who is 2 years and 9 months and is so picky! It is so frustrating to sit with her and tell her to eat and her crying because she doesn't want to eat. She only wants to eat anything that has to do with carbohydrates (pasta, rice, pancakes etc.) and this makes her constipated, she won't eat meat, veggies, eggs or anything I would consider healthy. I' m running out of ideas and patience because she will start preschool in september and I think that she is going to starve in school. Oh and she will only eat if I force and fight with her too noone else. Please if anyone has any good advice please let me know I'm a desperate mother. I forgot to mention she weighs about 32 1/2 LBS. she is tall for her age and it makes her look so skinny, she is very active and smart no problems there just when it comes to eating, Thank you. 

Name: dee43701 | Date: Apr 9th, 2006 7:21 AM
same problem with my daughter and i bugged the doc. about it and she told me to get kid freindly meals you know stuff that catches her eye so i bought some kid cusines. and my daughter also had the pb&j kick so i mad her peanut butter on celery and it worked it took a little bit to get her to try it but once i showed her the box with the pics on it she ate it hope this helps sorry for my spelling 

Name: April | Date: Apr 9th, 2006 9:42 AM
I am having the same problem im so glad im not alone! My son is 16 months he was born premature at 25 weeks. He has been eating solids since about 12 months old and was doing fine he is nolonger on formula as of last month he was on similac 2 since he was premature he was on formula until he became 1 year adjusted. He is now taking pediasure because he is not doing well on anyother milk. he was eating good until recently he will take a bite of something then nomore. its driving me crazy but not too crazy because the pediasure has eveything he needs in it. I dont know what to do at first i figured maybe hes getting teeth but he has 18 teeth already dont think he teething anymore. I need help maybe I will try the kid cuisine meals. 

Name: Jennifer Arrowood | Date: Apr 10th, 2006 2:56 AM
My daughter started out only weighing 1 pound and 2 ounces. I had her at 27 weeks. She is now 16 months old and I cant get to eat anything. We've tryed everything from sweets to mac and cheese. Nothing seems to work. She seems replused by the look of food. She is only weighing in at 17 pounds right now. I would be very happy to have someone just throw some ideas out at me. My email address is [email protected] Thanks jennifer 

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