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February 16, 2007

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mamacita tina

Why does this stress us so. I do the same thing. Why won't they eat or even try things? I'm impressed you got him to eat beans, Ian won't touch them. And peanut butter? Ha, forget it. What kid doesn't eat peanut butter? Mine!

At least it's quick and easy to make scrambled eggs if he won't eat anything else.

I'm thinking it takes a few years to get use to meat. Do tastebuds change/mature as we get older?

mamacita tina

Why does this stress us so. I do the same thing. Why won't they eat or even try things? I'm impressed you got him to eat beans, Ian won't touch them. And peanut butter? Ha, forget it. What kid doesn't eat peanut butter? Mine!

At least it's quick and easy to make scrambled eggs if he won't eat anything else.

I'm thinking it takes a few years to get use to meat. Do tastebuds change/mature as we get older?

Mrs. Chicken

TOTALLY normal. In some kids it lasts until they are eight or nine. The Poo is the same except she won't eat anything, literally, except homemade mac and cheese (it has to be made by me, I'm not kidding), grilled cheese, whole wheat waffles, and french fries. Today she actually bit into an apple and my heart stopped.

You've got it good, baby. My kid won't even drink milk.

Mrs. Chicken

TOTALLY normal. In some kids it lasts until they are eight or nine. The Poo is the same except she won't eat anything, literally, except homemade mac and cheese (it has to be made by me, I'm not kidding), grilled cheese, whole wheat waffles, and french fries. Today she actually bit into an apple and my heart stopped.

You've got it good, baby. My kid won't even drink milk.

Sandra

So stressful. So so so stressful.

We went through this and have long since came out the other side.

My mom said all I would eat was peanut butter sandwiches and french fries for 2 years. Breakfast. Lunch. and Dinner.

I am okay now. So will be your little cutie

Suzanne

I hear you! Food intake, or lack thereof, is my biggest concern with my son. He eats about five foods (none of them a vegetable, fruit, or meat) and has done so for the past 2.5 years (he's almost 5). He's healthy and is growing just fine. Still, I worry.

I think your son will be just fine -- and I agree that withholding food is a bad idea for a picky and stubborn eater.

Michelle

My kids have always gone through periods of growth where they're eating everything in sight and then periods where they won't touch a thing at dinner.

My only bit of sage wisdom (ha!) would be to cut out all snacks when he's not eating at meal times. The at meals, if he's hungry, he'll eat--it just may not be as much as you'd expect. Luckily with such cute chubby cheeks I doubt malnourishment is the problem :) I know I sound like an ogre, but it's what the ped. told me and it worked for me when I tried it.

Good luck--

mayberry

At the risk of being as much of an asshole as the doctor--I think it sounds like he is doing fine especially for a toddler. They are naturally finicky! I loved what Jamie's (blondemomblog's) doctor told her re vegetable consumption: She'll eat them when she's 8.

bubandpie

I won't say don't worry and I won't say he's normal, but I will say that if Bub were eating all the foods on that list, I'd be delighted. He has just recently added bread (hooray!) and peanut butter, but still NO meat and no eggs: almost all his protein is dairy protein, except what he gets occasionally from a binge on chick peas (he'll eat a whole can in two days and then refuse them for several weeks thereafter - I'm assuming it's his body driving him to get iron SOMEWHERE).

Northwoods Baby

Dude. He eats more than a lot of kids I know. Seriously. And you're offering him nutritious food, which, as you point out, is more than a lot of parents do. That's your job. HIS job is to eat it if he's hungry. Worry about variety later on.

Lots of kids just aren't adventurous eaters. And it doesn't have to come down to a swallowing disorder; maybe he's a super-taster and vegetables taste horrid to him. Maybe he just has problems with textures and will have to grow out of it (sorry!)

If you want to try and sneak something, I always recommend my friends try zuchinni fritters. Cheesey, eggy goodness holding shredded zukes together. And if he doesn't like them, you get a bonus for yourself.

Lots (LOTS) of kids have weird meat issues. Texture, I guess. So it's no surprise at all to hear he doesn't like it. Perp will generally only eat ground meat, but Dude seems fine with whole pieces of chicken. He adores peas, she can take 'em or leave 'em.

But whatever he will or won't eat, try to trust that his body is telling him what he needs and he's getting it. If you're totally freaked, have you tried a multi-vitamin? And veggie juice! Vruit is awesome because it tastes like fruit juice but is full of veggies. True story: I had a couple of vruit juice boxes at the park and a *supremely* picky no-veggies-EVER eater grabbed Perp's away and sucked it down. "This is really good juice!" Mwahaha.

Also: if he's drinking a ton of milk, he could actually be dampening his appetite enough that he just doesn't want to eat whatever you put in front of him. I have a friend whose daughter basically lives on milk and couldn't understand why DD wouldn't eat much at mealtimes.

I hate it when people give me advice when I've already basically exhausted my options, but sometimes they come up with something that hadn't occured to me. So. Those are my theories. And if you didn't want comments you'd have closed them. So I get to get my boss in for the day. Thanks!

PS, also, don't discount your eating habits when you look at the way he eats. They see more than we imagine.

Amanda

Mc. Don't Worry. Oh how I love that! I had a nurse who asked me each time I went in how many hours a week I worked and each time I answered she tsk tsked and told me the ideal was less than what I was working. I need that judgement like I need a hole in the head lady.

And as for the food, I have to concur with a lot of the other folks here. His palette seems much larger than the one on this end. Brown food? Hell no. Milk? Not on your life. Broccoli? We had two glorious days of her loving it. Right now she subsists on a diet of OJ, cream cheese, pretzels, fruit chews and cheese. I try to comfort myself with the fact that I buy organic food...that of course she doesn't eat. Good luck.

M&Co.

Sorry. I have you beat. I have a kid who eats about nine different things. No meat. At all. Don't even think about it. And he's allergic to pretty much everything he will eat.

Izzy

I don't want to sound like your doctor but at two years old, eating only a handful of things is very normal. They often outgrow it in a year or two.

Right now my son is anti-meat. Last week all meats were fine. This week they are poison and are to be avoided at all costs. I never know what he will or will not eat.

My solution? Upon his doctor's recommendation, I mix Carnation Instant Breakfast into his milk because it's loaded with vitamins and he loves it. I also sneak vitamin drops into his juice. I basically do whatever I can to get him his vitamins and try not to worry about his lack of interest in most foods.


"a piece of white bread slathered with pizza quick sauce and topped with a piece of cheese-food."

The above made me laugh out loud because I used to eat the very same thing when I was a kid and not a whole lot else.

Gretchen

There are so many things I want to say about this, but I fear I'll sound like the doctor.

From what I see, it looks like he's eating a fairly well balanced diet - for a two year old. It's OK if he's not terribly interested in everything you serve. Really. I read somewhere that kids' tastebuds are more sensitive than adults, so things just taste stronger.

I have two suggestions:
1. Find another doctor. If only so you feel like you're being heard and your concerns are being addressed.
2. Continue to provide 'new' foods - and eat them in front of him. Don't make him eat it, it doesn't need to be a struggle, but provide him the opportunity to try it.

Good luck. Motherhood isn't for wimps.

michael jones

I completely undrestand you! I am on picky eater diet and what you mean! Good post!

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