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    Default 20mth old who eats hardly anything

    After some advice. My DD2 is 20mths and hardly eats a thing. She just doesn't care much for food no matter whats on offer.
    For example todays food that was eaten consisted of the following:
    3 sucks on a yogurt tube
    Half a small manderin
    1 arrowroot biscuit
    2 small pieces (little finger size) of roast beef
    She was offered much much more than was eaten.
    She has 2 milk bottles in 24hrs - 200ml each and 2 bottles of water.

    I have tried encouraging, ignoring, distracting but nothing seems to work. She has always refused to be spoon fed so she has full control over what goes in.
    Despite her food battles she is a solid kid, very tall and certainly not wasting away.
    She is however sooky and cranky which i can only put down to possible hunger but she still won't eat to fill her belly.
    Any suggestions.?

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    She has 16teeth already so only 2yr old molars to go and no sign of them.

    We tried dropping a milk bottle a few weeks ago and she cried fir 2.5hrs so no arvo nap and then still refused to eat all arvo and evening :/

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    If she likes milk would she drink a smoothie? You can add fruit, lsa or chia seeds ? Maybe try some new foods she hasn't tried like fish or a curry or rice dish?

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    Try an iron supplement.and see if that makes a difference. kids low in iron are often fussy eaters because it affects their taste budsn If there's no improvement after a month or so I'd seek professional help (a paed dietician) if she has been doing it for a while.

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    I hadnt heard that so will def try an iron supplement - would that be at a chemist or health food store?

    Ive tried smoothies before but not for a while so perhaps its time to try again.

    She has been like this pretty much forever since she started solids. There's been a few phases where she'd eat a bit more but it never lasts long.

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    Chemist is fine. Ferrograd is just iron (I think that's what it is called) and was the recommendation from my oldest's doctors but she refused to have it it tastes so bad so we did a multivitamin and infant formula and did that for three months. Her iron levels were low (she had a blood test) but if you see no improvement get help. My oldest was a nightmare and now shw is nearly 7 and she is a great eater. It took us 6 months working with a paediatric dietician to get her eating regular meals but it worked. We've used the techniques on our other 2 children with success too. My oldest is the best eater out of the 3 but the other two eat enough and enough variety that there wasn't a need to see the dietician. I would have liked to though..I'm guessing they'd be better eaters than what they are if we had gotten professional help (different issues).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wastingtime View Post
    Chemist is fine. Ferrograd is just iron (I think that's what it is called) and was the recommendation from my oldest's doctors but she refused to have it it tastes so bad so we did a multivitamin and infant formula and did that for three months. Her iron levels were low (she had a blood test) but if you see no improvement get help. My oldest was a nightmare and now shw is nearly 7 and she is a great eater. It took us 6 months working with a paediatric dietician to get her eating regular meals but it worked. We've used the techniques on our other 2 children with success too. My oldest is the best eater out of the 3 but the other two eat enough and enough variety that there wasn't a need to see the dietician. I would have liked to though..I'm guessing they'd be better eaters than what they are if we had gotten professional help (different issues).
    Thanks for that, i'll give it a go and see if we get any changes. Fingers crossed.


 

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