Does he have much hands on experience with food? Helping you write a shopping list, pick the food pay the money (help u press buttons), prep the food cook it and all that? No mention of him eating it really, maybe you could help him to make you a special meal?
Sorry not really what you were asking for but u thought I would ask. I would visit my gp a nutritionist or chn.
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19-02-2012 21:45 #11
19-02-2012 21:45 #12
Hugs kitty. Want me to list what coop eats?
Its as follows(and he has no issues eating these things)
Spagetti in a tin
Rice cakes or saos for lunch with vegemite(only spread he will have)
I believe that is all. Emma and myself just went over what we think he eats without any issues what so ever.
No issues with fluids as he is happy with water 85% of the time and milk the rest
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19-02-2012 21:59 #13Senior Member
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My son has a lot of eating issues. It has been suggested he has tactile defensiveness and this is probably true along with the fact he has a small appetite. At his worst he only ate chicken or fish nuggets and baked potato, yoghurt, cheese, apple and bread. Always bread. He would not touch food with colours. You could not disguise anything. He is four now and this is what he eats on top of those foods. Carrots, corn, peas, capsicum, mashed potato, banana, grapes, strawberries, most casseroles, pasta etc and last night he ate Thai green curry.. With fried rice. We went to a fussy eater workshop run by ngala and saw a specialist through them also. what was recommended to us was to offer a small portion of the food he WiLL eat eg a slice of bread and butter next to the foods you want him to eat. Do put the good foods on the plate eg carrot and then try one new veg too. Make it a trial size. Don't make a massive fuss about it but simply state he must try ALL the foods on the plate. You can make a reasonable rule such as three bites of it, once he is trying foods more. If he doesn't that's fine, but don't offer any dessert or treat such as yoghurt or ice cream after. If he asks just re state that he needs to eat some of his vegetables/meal. The hard part is remaining calm and rational and also not worrying that your child will starve to death lol. Offer praise and encouragement when he eats new foods but not too much and don't over do the reward. Like don't give him a whole bowl of ice cream because he nibbles on some carrot. Just common sense I guess. People around you will sabotage it too. My parents without fail make a massive deal about it and go on and on about what a baby he is for not eating etc.. Its better to just stick to praise for good eating and ignoring the poor eating. There are also multivitamins for kids and my mil claims they increase appetite too which I did find.. hugs.. Its so hard having a a fussy eater
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19-02-2012 22:38 #14
We have the same problem with ds (2). He barely eats. On top of that he has become more and more fussy.
Our gp has sent a referral to a paediatric dietician- but the wait is over 6 months. In the mean time we have started multivitamins and did a 3 day course of predmix. (prednisolone) the main side effect is rapid appetite increase. After the 3 days his appetite did pick up. First off we let him eat whatever he wanted and offered food every hour. One day he ate 12 squeezie yoghurt packs and nothing else . After a week we began putting foods we wanted hhim to eat in front of him first. Like a pp said we make no fuss when he doesn't eat, but praise when he does. We are playing silly games etc to get him to try things. It's really slow going- but in the last 3 days he has eaten some corn, carrots and broccoli .
Speak to your GP. It's a good starting point.
Good luck and pm if you have any questions or need to vent.
19-02-2012 22:42 #15Senior Member
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Will he have a smoothie? Maybe you could get some fruit and veg into him that way.
19-02-2012 22:50 #16
No advice but some hope! My best friends daughter was the same from about 3-6yrs old, would only eat nuggets, sausages and sultanas! She is now 8 and at dinner on Saturday night she ordered pan fried sea scallops entree and spagetti marinara as a main! She just one day started trying the food everyone else was eating , they just made sure in those couple of years she had a multivitamin a day, kept offering the food they were eating and tried to get juice or smoothies in when they could , good luck
19-02-2012 23:01 #17Senior Member
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Myztik1fan and herekittykitty - you have described my nearly 5 year old daughter! I have been to 2 paediatric nutritionists and they both have me similar but well, fairly useless advice
- actually the second simply printed fact sheets from the Victorian go for your life website. I felt like strangling her - I'm sitting there saying 'really do you think my daughter has never been shown/given a carrot in her life - oh that's why she isnt eating them. Hello - she's 4 do you really think she has seen a carrot less than 20 times?'
Anyway, I used to have a list of 10 things - like you guys that she would eat. She is improving simply with age and time, she understands about being heathy now, and she also comes home from afternoon kindy sessions starving which helps getting her to try 'new-ish' food. We are still very limited, but last year she would not have eaten rice/couscous/pasta spirals, this year she gets excited about it. Same with a few fruits and a couple of veggies. Despite as a baby/toddler eating absolutely everything and anything she has this issue - I just keep crossing my fingers that we are working thru it and she will be like Elijah's mums niece at 8 years old!
20-02-2012 09:59 #18
I think this morning he ate a squeezie yoghurt as my cousins son had one but i am unsure of how much tbh. Making an appointment this afternoon for him at the doctors. I also believe that with him not eating its one of the factors to everyone not getting a good night sleep as he is up and down all night
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20-02-2012 10:12 #19
Bek ask your fr to refer him to hospital pead , and deititan and the women and child health service for a developmental check by the speach ot snd physio team. They are do helpful.
Sorry about my spelling
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20-02-2012 10:36 #20Senior Member
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How frustrating for you!
I have a friend that would only eat eggs for dinner when she was young. Literally only eggs. She is the most gourmet cook now!
It does seem to be a fairly common problem, so hopefully that means there is an excellent chance of your kids outgrowing this.
When my girls wouldn't eat their dinner, I used to just put them straight to bed (at like 5.30 pm), after a few nights of this they started eating again... I realise this wouldn't work with everyone. I had tried all the 'not making a big deal etc etc' in the world, and it only made them fussier.
Having said that, my girls have usually been pretty good with food, so I don't have any experience with true food aversions.
I hope you find something that works soon.
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