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How can I get my 3yr old to eat????

My daughter will not eat. She is very strong-willed. I have tried games, cutting out shapes with cookie cutters and so on. She will not eat any kind of meat except an occasional chicken nugget. I have gotten her to eat strawberries but no other fruit. Definitely no veggies. She loves milk, thank goodness. But what kid doesn't like mac n cheese, hot dogs, pizza......MINE. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you!

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Asked by hsmor03 at 4:32 PM on Mar. 20, 2010 in Health

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  • cut back on the milk. milk fills up their tummies fast. she is 3, she wont starve herself.promise! lol

    Answer by mywonderyears at 4:37 PM on Mar. 20, 2010

  • No snacks during the day until she starts eating meals.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:51 PM on Mar. 20, 2010

  • The health dept told me that sometimes kids do that. They said just to keep feeding her calcium rich food including ice cream. She'll get tired of it and start eating other foods

    Answer by admckenzie at 7:01 PM on Mar. 20, 2010

  • My youngest won't eat any meat but salmon and chicken, no cheese, no hot dogs (thankfully because I don't think they are good for anyone), no pizza. He will eat fruit and veggies though. So, you are not alone. He was even pickier until we cut back on his milk intake.

    I would cut back on the milk, and limit things like crackers, and other snack foods. Keep serving things like fruits, veggies, whole grains and she'll come around when she is hungry enough.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 7:40 PM on Mar. 20, 2010

  • My 5 year old still doesn't eat meat - doc says that's a good thing. My 3 yr old son ONLY eats strawberries, mac & cheese and chicken nuggets, OJ, Milk & Cheese-its and he is growing like a weed!! Some kids just eat strange - my hubby only ate 4 foods until he was like 6. Just keep trying, but feed her what she WILL eat! I used to stress about it, but they are growing and Doc says relax! ;o)


    Answer by Morgain at 8:29 PM on Mar. 20, 2010

  • My two year old goes through weird phases like that, for a while she was living on bananas, cheese sticks and pineapples. I just keep offering her different things and sometimes she goes for it, other times she doesn't. I just go with the fact that her body knows what it needs and she's not going hungry. If you are worried about nutrients, you could try adding some carnation instant breakfast to her morning milk. I did that for a while, just to fill in any gaps there might have been.

    Answer by LoudMouthMama at 3:15 AM on Mar. 21, 2010

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