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Toddler won't eat...

My 18-month old had a cold/sinus infection last week, during which she would only eat applesauce (which was convenient, b/c I could mix her medicine into it). Well, she's a LOT better, but now she refuses to eat ANYTHING (she's drinking water, juice, and bottles of warm milk that are loaded with rice cereal, just so she gets something in her system). No chicken nuggets, no scrambled eggs, nothing. If you even touch her high-chair, she gets mad! How do I get her to start eating again????

 
Kassey713

Asked by Kassey713 at 4:09 PM on May. 30, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Just keep doing what you are, she'll eat more when she's ready. Just keep offering different food. Try feeding somewhere besides the high chair. You could put her in a booster seat (there are really good ones that strap onto a kitchen chair), or just sit her on your lap and see if the comfiness of mommy's lap makes her a little more willing to eat.
    Kiwismommy19

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 4:14 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • She'll eat when she's hungry. You can't force it. And why would you give rice cereal? It has no nutritional value.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:13 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • the only reason i'm giving her rice cereal is to put something in her dam belly that's more than just liquid. otherwise it's like she's an infant again, and she's screaming for a bottle every 3 hours. I swear it's like we've regressed about 9 months....

    and that's part of the problem - she IS hungry, she's just being extremely stubborn.
    Kassey713

    Answer by Kassey713 at 4:16 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Toddlers ARE stubborn. That's just how they are. They have to test their boundaries. Just keep offering regular food and she'll eventually eat it. The rice isn't going to do her any good. It's void of nutrition, so she's not going to be getting anything out of it like she should be getting out of what she eats. Filling a belly isn't good enough. It needs to have some nutritional value to it. If you just keep offering her a variety of foods, she'll eventually eat it. It may take a few more days, but she won't starve herself.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:26 PM on May. 30, 2010

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