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My daughter is an extremely picky eater. Need some help.

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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I need some food ideas for a child that eats almost nothing. They would need to be recipes with few ingredients. She wont eat anything that has a bunch of stuff mixed together.

She likes chicken and fish. She will eat beef but it isn't her favorite. The only veggies she will eat are grean beans, corn and carrots. The only fruit she will eat is black olives. (i guess black olives are a fruit) She likes breads and cheese.

I just don't know what to do for her. She is 10 years old and weighs 50 lbs. and 52". She refuses to try anything new.  When she does eat it's only a few bites then she says she is full. She would eat junk food all day long if I let her. She gets tired easy and has headaches right often. Doctor said it's probably from not eating enough.

I have thought about putting her in therapy to see if she has some type of eating disorder. I don't know if that will help or make it worse.


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by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM
My niece is similar and her pedi suggested seeing a psychologist. They haven't taken her yet and it's not getting better on its own. I would definitely take her.

If she likes junk food, there are ways to sneak nutrition in...Jessica Seinfeld has a recipe for brownies that have iveggies hidden in them. Maybe she would try that.
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by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM
for that height she doesn't sound underweight my 7 year old is 52" and 53lb. i would say if she is that picky stock with what she will eat and try new things in the process. i also agree with the pp. a psychologist might help. girls are starting eating disorders at the age of 8 now
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by Emerald Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Every night offer her one new item as well as items that she likes.  The rule is that she has to take 2-3 bites of the new item before she can have the items that she likes.  Serve the new item every night for a week or two, she will eventually like it.  I also agree with trying the recipes of Jessica Seinfeld.  They are very yummy.

Looking into therapy couldn't hurt either.  Food shouldn't be a battle and you'd hate to set her up with eating problems later in life.

by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

While not as ideal as eating the actual foods, my kids' ped. is fine w/ offering Pediasure (I go w/ store-brand b/c it is expensive) to help get some of the nutrition missing in. (ds2 is my problem child w/ meat; he's getting better, but still doesn't eat as much as he should of it) 

We also insist on eating at least a few bites of everything on their plate. 

by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I don't like meals with a lot of things mixed in (I have issues with my food touching...yes, I'm weird), so I make very BASIC meals. Last night, we had pork ribs, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Everyone gets a little of everything, with more of something they really like. The baby gets more mashed potatoes, but still eats her broccoli, my oldest gets more broccoli. I get mostly broccoli. I make meals in which everyone has something options. 

Don't think of it as a serious issue, and never use food as a reward (ie, don't offer her two cookies for eating her veggies). Just keep trying different foods. My DS is my picky eater (spent 6 months eating cheerios and chicken nuggets). He's now a healthy 5 year old who likes apples and oranges rather than bananas and strawberries. You just have to try everything until something sticks. 

As a SN: My oldest DD is 7, and she's around 53 inches tall and 50-ish lbs, so your DD doesn't seemt too off base.

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