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how do you get a two year old to eat what she needs to?

my two year old has hit that lovely stage where nothing is what she wants to eat. she wants breads and cerals and crackers, waffles, stuffing, and rice. thats all shell eat. the doctor now says her iron levels are low and they want to give her a suppliment. but she already has problems pooping now they want to bind her up? what should i do.

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Asked by niquelee at 7:57 AM on May. 18, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • iron will really stop her up... if you only offer her the foods you want her to have, she wont have other choices. don't bribe her with food, but simply put dinner on the table and say "everyone who finishes their dinner gets dessert" then don't give in. be consistent, she'll learn... so many foods come iron fortified now. Good Luck!
    * Instant Oatmeal * Ready-to-eat Cereals, like Total, Product 19, Raisin Bran
    * Grits * Iron Kids Bread * Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix
    * Pasta * Iron Fortified Toddler Formula, such as Enfamil Next Step or Similac 2
    # lean red meats, including beef, pork, lamb
    # seafood, tuna, salmon, and shrimp, etc. # beans, # iron fortified whole grains, including cereals, breads, rice, and pasta
    # greens, like collard greens, kale, # tofu, # vegetables, including broccoli, swiss chard, asparagus, parsley, watercress, brussel sprouts, # chicken and turkey, # blackstrap molasses

    Answer by vickiathome at 8:30 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • You can give her a flinestone vitamin with iron to help her iron levels. She will not starve so make her eat what she needs to eat. When she is hungry enough she will eat it. Offer her what your having for lunch or dinner and tell her she can have what she wants only after she eats a few bites of what you made. If you don't give her the option of what she wants then she has no choice but to eat what is in front of her.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 8:52 AM on May. 18, 2009

  • It really will pass. Keep offering a variety of healthy foods and don't let her fill up on junk. My vegetarian child never had an issue with iron.
    Iron: Low iron levels in the blood can result in anemia. Symptoms of anemia are lethargy, tiredness and fatigue. There are two types of iron found in our diets: heme iron (found in animal products) and non-heme iron (found in plant foods). Heme iron is better absorbed by the body than non-heme iron. To increase the absorption of non-heme iron from foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes and dark green, leafy vegetables, increase the amount of vitamin-C rich foods you eat each day and try to consume these foods at the same time you eat non-heme-rich foods. Good sources of vitamin C include tomatoes, broccoli, oranges, brussel sprouts, kiwi fruit, strawberries, guavas and pineapples. The RDA for iron is approximatel

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:15 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • my 4 year old is the same way i offer her pediasure 2x a day so i know she gets what she needs. you can find it at walmart or your grocery store. it comes in chocolate,strawberry and vanilla 3 flavs no kid can resist lol

    Answer by BlendedMommy009 at 3:25 PM on May. 18, 2009

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