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doesnt eat a thing

Posted by on Aug. 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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So my DS just turned 3 on the 18th and for the last couple months he's been eating very little. His well child check up isn't until the middle of the next month because i guess they can't see him earlier than exactly a year since his last well child check up. therefore, we won't know if his weight gain and growth is still right on track for his age and height, as it was this time last year. he's always been a picky eater, so we'd always make him what it is HE wants to eat for dinner that night, whether or not we've already made dinner for ourselves. lately though, he won't even eat the foods he likes!

he won't eat chicken, hotdogs, yogurt, soup, etc. he WILL eat toast every day for breakfast and ask for toast for lunch and dinner. he'll eat lunch meats but take the bread off and either just eat the meat or just eat the bread, but not both together. we've gotten him to eat salad in the past, and eggs, and some veggies like carrots and beans. he loves corn on the cob.


i'm just curious if this is normal because usually when he goes through a growth spurt, its the complete opposite, he eats a lot. also, he's still breastfeeding but only at night before bed and right when he wakes up. and we don't let him snack until after he's had lunch, but he'd snack on crackers, gold fish etc all day if we'd let him. he sleeps ok, he plays ok, his moods are fine, etc.

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booaura
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Is he saying WHY he isn't eating? Is he eating anything at all? Have you weighed him at home? Is he drinking enough fluids?
And yes, for some children it is normal to become picky eaters.
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xxshelbyxxx
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM


Quoting booaura: Is he saying WHY he isn't eating? Is he eating anything at all? Have you weighed him at home? Is he drinking enough fluids? And yes, for some children it is normal to become picky eaters.

oh, i was always a picky eater as a kid so i get that that parts normal, but hes just not really eating period. thats what is concerning me, not that he's picky. cuz he's always been that way and probably will be for a long time if hes anything like me. and no, he just says hes not hungry. and yes hes eating some things, but not full meals, and sometiems will skip an entire meal and refuse to eat it, or anything else i offer, or ill ask HIM to tell ME what he wants and he says nothing. ..so idk.

butterfly61806
by Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM
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Probably a phase just offer foods you know hell east and healthy snacks in between. He'll east when he's hungry then bring it up at appt.
sarahw06219
by Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I don't know. My 3 year old is on a similar hunger strike right now, and I'm concerned. His doctors are as well. We are doing blood work to see what's up, and may be talking to a child behavior specialist as well. My son has a history of big medical issues, so that may be why everyone is concerned about this. In an otherwise healthy child, I'm not sure if the reaction would be the same.
xxshelbyxxx
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Yeah that's why I don't think the docs will be concerned cuz he's healthy and has already had multiple behavioral things tested cuz we were starting him in preschool and he had speech delays but he ended up passing the behavioral exams with flying colors and no longer had delays, so I'm assuming blood work Wil be the next step but I really hope it doesn't even come to that cux he had a horrible experience. Good luck with your kiddo mama. Sorry this issue is so concerning for you, I can't imagine. Xo

Quoting sarahw06219: I don't know. My 3 year old is on a similar hunger strike right now, and I'm concerned. His doctors are as well. We are doing blood work to see what's up, and may be talking to a child behavior specialist as well. My son has a history of big medical issues, so that may be why everyone is concerned about this. In an otherwise healthy child, I'm not sure if the reaction would be the same.
xxshelbyxxx
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Yeah that's why I don't think the docs will be concerned cuz he's healthy and has already had multiple behavioral things tested cuz we were starting him in preschool and he had speech delays but he ended up passing the behavioral exams with flying colors and no longer had delays, so I'm assuming blood work Wil be the next step but I really hope it doesn't even come to that cux he had a horrible experience. Good luck with your kiddo mama. Sorry this issue is so concerning for you, I can't imagine. Xo

Quoting sarahw06219: I don't know. My 3 year old is on a similar hunger strike right now, and I'm concerned. His doctors are as well. We are doing blood work to see what's up, and may be talking to a child behavior specialist as well. My son has a history of big medical issues, so that may be why everyone is concerned about this. In an otherwise healthy child, I'm not sure if the reaction would be the same.
Landon2012
by Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

My son is the same way he eats like a bird but he is very tall for his age. I think it's normal for some kids to not eat a lot . Does your son like to drink a lot of fluids mine sure does.

PinkButterfly66
by on Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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Toddlers are grazers naturally and their tummies are tiny.  One tablespoon of food fills them up.  And being picky is completely normal for this particular species, lol.  

collinsmommy0
by Silver Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM
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My son is like that when he eats something he's allergic to....because then it gives him a tummy ache.

What about eating out? If my son refuses to eat meals (he just wants to eat snacks, specifically veggie sticks or animal crackers) then I either have him 'earn' those snacks by eating a meal (& then snack is dessert) or we go out to eat - generally somewhere with a variety of foods....for him sushi works well because he gets a bento box with soup, salad, rice, tempura, and a sushi roll. It kind of 'kick starts' his want to eat
AubryJ
by on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM
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My 3.5 yr old can be very picky. I find he eats better when I include him in the meal planning and preparation. He's a grazer and always eats small frequent meals. If something doesn't look appealing he will not eat it. He's getting better about at least tasting everything once. Like when I make casseroles he will call it soup and refuse it regardless of whats in it or if he helped. I've always kept track of my kids growth at home.
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