My son will only eat pizza. What can I do?

My son ONLY eats, pizza, mac n cheese (kinda), peanut butter and jelly, chicken nuggets, raisons, chips, of course candy (holloween only) and drinks juices no milk or orange juice. i cant even get him to try foods. help what can i do? his weight is down below normal we have tried pediasure and that was a bad idea. Any tips to what i can do for him?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:08 PM on Nov. 9, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Sounds like your son is in controll in your house. Kids do NOT starve themselves. If he gets hungry enough he will eat what you give him. Parents give in to easily today. Your either the adult in charge or the Mommy who gives in. Talk to your Dr about how to get him to eat what YOU want. Not what he wants.

    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 7:16 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • My son sounds very similar to yours....and he is not incontrol of our home. He has an eating/sensory disorder. Since I don't know much from a blurb I'll share with you mine and my son's experience. As a newborn and infant he ate all his pureed food and milk. He has some acid reflux issues but nothing drastic. He was not initially a picky eater. Then we went to stage 2 foods. There were a few things that were odd but over all he did well. When at 9mths we switched to lumpy and then table foods....that was when we started to have serious problems. He regressed in his eating. Even things that he did eat before he just stoped. His list was something like: peas, apple sause, yogurt, and cherios, anything liquid, and crakers.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 7:47 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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    I knew this wasn't normal and it had nothing to do with poor parenting. There was something medically wrong and I advocated for my child to see specialists. I told my son's doctor that I wanted a speach evaluation done at 10mths. They evaluated his eating and swallowing and sure enough there were some medical issues. I'll just fast forward: now my son just turned a less than a month ago. He still goes to speach therapy, he has an occupational therapist, a nutritionist, and a feeding specialist. It takes a long time to work on an infant eating disorder. Today he still only eats a slightly more expanded menue. And its okay. We are working on it.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 7:52 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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    But if I could give you advice it would be this:
    Don't be hard on yourself, you are doing the best job in the world. It is not your fault.
    Don't be quick to lable him a "picky" eater.
    Don't make meal times a struggle or battle.
    Do talk to your doctor and DEMAND referals to the following: GI doctor to rule out most medical issues like ulcers, blockage, intestinal problems...ect., a speach evaluation, and occupational evaluation, and a nutritionsit. PM me if you want. I have tons of tips for meal times on how you can keep your sanity, assist your child, and reduce frustration. Hang in there.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 7:57 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • I agree with the above post.... how old is your son? You may want to include him in some fun time food prep in the kitchen ifhe is old enough. Also, does he eat fruit? Start there... fruit is great for jump starting an appetite. Give well balance fresh fruit, even add a bit of home made whip cream. I personally stay away from redi whip and cool whip, to much chemicals. Any way - start there and then slowly add different things - and just don't buy processed foods - many times it is a texture thing for kids - don't be afraid to start with fresh fruits - very nutritious, all the right nutrients.

    AndreaRUJuiced

    Answer by AndreaRUJuiced at 8:19 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • Lot of kids do this just as a stage control thing. Childern need to feel a sense of control over their lives just like we all to to feel secure. Lot of things are changing for childern all the time. With my childern I kept offering new foods at every meal even one or two bites is fine as along as they try it. You can hide alot of veggies in a pizza, blend tomatoes, zucchunni, and other veggies together for a sauce. Chicken nuggets can be breaded at home with extra vegetables by purraing the vegetatbles and dipping raw chicken pieces into the veggies then breading and cooking. My daughter ate purred veggies as a dipping sauce for her chicken too. You might try that. Flat earth makes chips with veggies or fruit in them, but my son was willing to eat banana chips (dried bananas.)
    Rishakia

    Answer by Rishakia at 10:32 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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  • Some quick tips my child's specialist have coached me on;
    Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, nothing. Water only between meals. NO juices and milk only after a meal.
    Do not argue with him. Offer him two items he likes and one he might not normally eat. No pressure. If he eats he eats it - if he doesn't he doesn't. Your job is to provide the food and his job is to eat it. Just don't overhwhelm him with big portions and lots of choices (two tbsp's is one portion size for a toddler) and only three items presented at meals.
    Soft calm music (classical) at meals, low lighting, and a nice scented candle (for some reason that helps a lot of kids).
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 11:57 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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    If he doesn't eat save his meal. When he asks to eat out of hunger later - bring out the same plate and offer that.
    Yes, he may loose weight. To some degree it is true that when he is starving he will eat. On the other hand some children with severe sensory/texture issues will actually starve themselves rather than eat. This is why having specialists working with you and your child is so important.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 11:59 PM on Nov. 9, 2008

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    One more thing - it is not necessarily about control. It can become that way if you pressure him and make it a battle of wills. For some children it can be part parenting behaivor (nervous, stressed, scared) and behaivor issues for the kid (equally stressed, anxious, scared). Then like children like my son: it is a mixture of part behaivor part sensory. People always told me, oh its normal. Ah...when your kid doesn't eat and is loosing weight - don't tell me its normal. I had the right to be concerned and so do you.
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:03 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • I certainly can understand your concern about your son be underweight. I don't know his age and I can tell you what I was told to do. My son was hospitalize at about 5 months of age and was in the the hospital for two months for infant botulism. The doctor warned us when we bought him into the ER not to let anyone but the doctor in charge check is gag reflex because when he was better and trying to get him to eat was not going to be fun. It was a battle against getting him to eat and him not wanting anything put in his mouth. His first meal when he was getting better was carrots. He left an orange ring all around the tub.
    dustbunny

    Answer by dustbunny at 3:05 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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