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He won't eat!!

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:04 PM
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My youngest son will be 5 at the end of the month.
I breastfed him for 15 months and he fought me every second of it. I tried to only feed him when he showed signs of being hungry, but he would scream and push away from me. I had to force him to nurse. I talked to his dr and he gave me some tips, but nothing worked.
When I started baby food, he would scream and throw a huge fit every time I tried to feed him. He'd push it away and spit out what I put in his mouth.
To this day, he still won't eat. I give him toddler sized portions and he will only eat about half of what I give him before refusing to eat another bite. It doesn't matter what it is either. It can be his favorite food and he'll tell me he's full after 2-3 bites. He has a 1 year old cousin who has been able to out eat him (by FAR) since he first started on solids.
He has his 5 year checkup on September 11 and I'm going to talk to him about this, but I was just going to see if anyone might have any insight.

Oh, also he's tiny for his age. TINY. He gets mistaken for being 2 all the time. He wears size 2T-3T clothes. Otherwise he's healthy as a horse.
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incogNinja
by Whofflé on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM
It seems like they should have been concerned about his size before this year. 3t for a 5 year old ? My son is 2nd percentile for weight 20th for height at age 7 and I know he's small but I can't even imagine that. Is he even on the chart ? I would be looking into a GI specialist to see what's going on at minimum maybe some sensitivities to food or dairy
DevinAnnesmom
by Sarah on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM

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This is the most recent body shot I have of him just so y'all can see his size.
DevinAnnesmom
by Sarah on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Yeah, his dr just tells me every time that "some kids just don't eat as much" and "some kids are just naturally small". I always took his word for it and figured he was fine, but I'm not going to let it go this time. At his 4 year checkup, he was 8th percentile for height and 2nd for weight. I'll see if I can get a referral for a specialist. Thank you.

Quoting incogNinja: It seems like they should have been concerned about his size before this year. 3t for a 5 year old ? My son is 2nd percentile for weight 20th for height at age 7 and I know he's small but I can't even imagine that. Is he even on the chart ? I would be looking into a GI specialist to see what's going on at minimum maybe some sensitivities to food or dairy
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Hows his energy level? Kids who sit and play need less food than the active ones
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM
Its true, some kids are small. Someone needs to be in the lower percentiles

Quoting DevinAnnesmom: Yeah, his dr just tells me every time that "some kids just don't eat as much" and "some kids are just naturally small". I always took his word for it and figured he was fine, but I'm not going to let it go this time. At his 4 year checkup, he was 8th percentile for height and 2nd for weight. I'll see if I can get a referral for a specialist. Thank you.

Quoting incogNinja: It seems like they should have been concerned about his size before this year. 3t for a 5 year old ? My son is 2nd percentile for weight 20th for height at age 7 and I know he's small but I can't even imagine that. Is he even on the chart ? I would be looking into a GI specialist to see what's going on at minimum maybe some sensitivities to food or dairy
tossed
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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It is hard to determine his size since he is not standing next to a reference point. I had a child who was small and would only ear a few items. It turned out that he had SEVERE acid reflux and he did not know how to communicate that he had heart burn all of the time. He had his first corrective surgery at 10 and started growing. Good luck and as another poster stated, I would get him to a pediatric GI so they can see if there is a physical issue.

incogNinja
by Whofflé on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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My cousin has celiac and was always frighteningly small for her age. They didn't get her diagnosed until she was something like 7-8 years old , so it did a number on her growth. When she was 9 or so , she was shorter than my (tall for 4!) daughter who was almost 5. I was so baffled. He looks healthy and not oh wow so disgustingly skin and bones , so there is that lol.. At least you're not in danger of someone saying it's abusive (sickos are everywhere unfortunately ) .. But yeah. Insist on it this year. Get some better answers.
DevinAnnesmom
by Sarah on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM
He's my most energetic kid. He bounces off the walls constantly. He hardly sits still for 5 minutes a day.

Quoting Anonymous: Hows his energy level? Kids who sit and play need less food than the active ones
JackAttacks
by Angel on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:21 PM
He looks small but fine and proportionate. Maybe a growth deficiency. But I don't think I'd be too concerned. He doesn't look sickly at all.

Quoting DevinAnnesmom:

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This is the most recent body shot I have of him just so y'all can see his size.
DevinAnnesmom
by Sarah on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM
I totally understand that. My oldest son is also small. He's always been below the 20th percentile for height and weight. Difference is, he eats. He doesn't eat big portions, but he eats.

Quoting Anonymous: Its true, some kids are small. Someone needs to be in the lower percentiles

Quoting DevinAnnesmom: Yeah, his dr just tells me every time that "some kids just don't eat as much" and "some kids are just naturally small". I always took his word for it and figured he was fine, but I'm not going to let it go this time. At his 4 year checkup, he was 8th percentile for height and 2nd for weight. I'll see if I can get a referral for a specialist. Thank you.

Quoting incogNinja: It seems like they should have been concerned about his size before this year. 3t for a 5 year old ? My son is 2nd percentile for weight 20th for height at age 7 and I know he's small but I can't even imagine that. Is he even on the chart ? I would be looking into a GI specialist to see what's going on at minimum maybe some sensitivities to food or dairy
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