I need some ideas please ladies! **Sorry it's so long!**
Okay. So, as you know our 4 year old son Kaden is home from foster care now. YAY!! Anyway, when we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner he does not want to eat much at all. The lady that had him *even though I say "lady" very loosely* said that his favorite meal now is mac n cheese and hot dogs. So okay. The first night he was home we made him that and he freaked out. Literally freaked out. He screamed and kept saying "No, no, no, NO!" over and over again and well...let's just say he didn't want to eat it. He ended up eating some chicken Top Ramen, but only a few bites before he was "all done". When we got him ready for bed that night, we noticed that he is very, VERY skinny. I mean...REALLY skinny. So I put him on our scale and he weighs 20 lbs. 20 lbs! He weighed 38 lbs when he left. When I brought up his weight to our family doctor on Wednesday, she was concerned, but told us to continue to try to offer his favorite foods, which we have done.
He isn't really too fond of chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, garlic butter green beans, corn on the cob, pork chops, steak, mac n cheese, salad, pastas, tomatoes, spaghetti, tuna casserole, broccoli, beef stroganoff, pizza, tacos etc...which used to be all of his favorite dinner foods. He doesn't like his favorite cereal, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, eggs, hashbrowns, or toast..all of his favorite breakfast foods. He has eaten ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. He doesn't like any kind of chips or crackers anymore, and won't eat cheese sticks, carrots and ranch, broccoli and ranch or any other of his favorite snack foods. He doesn't like milk, chocolate milk, water, flavored water *like Crystal Light* or many juices. The only kind of drink he will drink is orange Gatorade. We bought a 6 pack of Pediasure on our doctor's suggestion and he won't even drink that. He does not like peanut butter, or apple butter. He won't touch any kind of jelly or Nutella either.
He has been loving chocolate and cookies. That's been his desserts this week. A couple Hershey Kisses one evening, and a cookie the next. Thursday evening we had cupcakes that our daughter Angel brought. He liked the one he had too.
We are at a loss here. We don't know what to offer now. We have offered him all of the meals that used to be his favorites, and he refuses them. When we asked our oldest 2 daughters who were living across the street from him what he was eating and drinking over at the lady's house they said "Not much of anything other than McDonald's, Taco Bell and junk food." :/
Obviously feeding him that kind of stuff is not an option. We maybe have McDonald's once every couple of months for a treat when all the kids have been here. We don't want to feed him junk food all the time. He is home now and we would like for him to eat regular food like he used to like. We don't want him dependant on junk food to get by, apparently junk food is not helping him gain weight either, so...
We would like him to eat like he used to eat and gain weight. But he is very resistant to this.
Ladies...do you have any suggestions? Other than just give him time, which is another thing our doctor said. We are positive that in time he will get back to eating like he used to, but we need meal and snack suggestions for now until he gets back to eating like he used to.
Thank you for any suggestions in advance!