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    Yes I might have to disappear from work early and do a puree up while she's not home - all these open living kitchens are a killer with fussy kids!

    She hates potato of any kind but will eat cous cous - go figure!

    On an average day she will have a handful of cereal (nutri grain, 1 weetbix, or a hand ful of mini wheats - no milk). Maybe I'll offer her a cup in the morning - I've even offered sustagen in it but she won't drink that either.

    She'll say she's hungry within an hour or so but only wants dry crackers like Savoy's or sometimes a slice of toast with vegemite but she'll only eat half.

    Lunch is generally a sandwich of tuna or salami or ham or turkey - sometimes cheese but often not. No other filling.

    Again she'll only eat maybe half or 3/4 and then want more crackers. At this point it's a fruit squeezy or nothing. She'll take 30mins to eat the squeezy and then she'll have a cheese stick or rice cracker mix things.

    Dinner would lucky to be a cup of food - she does like the kids ravioli which I have been giving her or rice or risotto or something as long as there is no sauce. She'll eat maybe half before having enough but then asking for yoghurt. She has to eat a few more pieces before she gets the yoghurt. If she's still hungry she can have another fruit squeezy.

    Before bed it's half a cup of milk.

    She's a grazer more than anything and I wouldn't mind if it was grazing on good food but she wants tiny teddies or cheezels which I just can't bring myself to give her much when the rest of her diet is so lacking. She only occasionally eats sweet things - mainly ice cream on a special occasion or a piece of chocolate - won't eat cakes/muffins etc.

    Haha @NancyBlackett, I'll look forward to it if you have the time.

    It really hit home to me on Sunday when she was the only child at the party that really hadn't eaten that this has got to turn around. I try to cook meals that I know she will eat but even then she doesn't eat it and then DH cracks it at me for it being boring and then at her for not eating it. It's like I'm stuck in groundhog day - I don't even want to cook any more.

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    I'm no expert but you writing that she will eat things like plain pasta etc makes me wonder whether she might have some food aversions (not sure if it's the right term), so not just a dislike but a phobia type thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICanDream View Post
    I have reached my wits end with DD who will be 5 in a few months.

    As a baby on pureed food she'd eat anything and everything. Once she started feeding herself it got tricky but we still go some vegies in.

    Fast forward to now and we have completely regressed. She will not eat any fruit unless it is puree'd apple. Vegies we have managed carrot and peas and couscous instead of potatoes. She's stopped eating much of anything except plain crackers, plain pasta or plain rice. She seems to only want salty or sweet foods - which she doesn't get- but now I understand her request for vegemite (salty) or a croissant which I deem sweet.

    Her tonsils and adenoids are slightly enlarged but not as bad as her brothers who had some feeding issues due to the size of his. The ENT said her's were questionable whether or not to come out so for now they stay. We had thought this was the issue when she stopped eating meat.

    Where do I go from here? Obviously the GP but do I go to a dietician or to a paediatrician? This can't go on - she's not putting any weight on, always got a runny nose or a cough (maybe just the season, I'm not sure) and just generally I'm worried about her. We went to a kids party on Sunday and she literally ate half a bread roll. Breakfast is no better - we're down to cereal with no milk!

    I've tried everything I can think of - nothing to eat if you don't eat your dinner, saying something, not saying something - nothing works. DS wasn't like this and I'm out of ideas.
    I would request to see a paed.

    My dd didn't eat and it was her tonsils. She only got sick to virus stage never tonsillitis but when they removed them it had SO much food stuck in them he said if he didn't remove them now would caused ALOT of problems. You can always ask for another ENT.

    The paed can set you up with dietitians to see what her eating behaviours etc are like hope I'm making sense.

    My dd is still on puree yes younger (almost 2) but I've been told this is bad. As I will cause eatin problems blah blah.but since surgery it's been great she's eating again. Also I get her involved we cut them with cutters her sandwiches etc things like that

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    Also her puree thing might be because she's in pain or as Amyd said aversions

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    @monnie24, the only puree is fruit. She does have largish tonsils and adenoids but the tonsils certainly not big enough to come out according to the ear nose and throat specialist, adenoids are still under review - they have shrunk down from massive to slightly enlarged so she's borderline needing them out.

    I will check out food aversions.

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    We don't keep any chips or flavoured biscuits in the house anymore (to DH's despair). If DD wants to eat empty carbs, she can have flavourless empty carbs like a corn thin.

    We are hopeful that we are coming through the other side of this fussiness - DD has decided she likes butter chicken and lamb kashmiri.

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    I reckon it's her tonsils.

    Ds had his out a month ago. He'd chew and chew and then spit it out.

    He's still fussy, which is now what we have to work on, but since the. He hasn't been sick.. He's had a fever and it never developed into anything worse- so this is a plus.. Before, he lived with runny noses 24-7.

    Is she sleeping well? Wetting the bed (apparently there is a link between bed wetting & tonsils).

    I'd go get a 2nd opinion tbh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICanDream View Post

    I'll follow up with the iron - Other than a blood test is there any other way to check this?
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    You can look at the inside bottoms of her eye sockets (gotta kind of pull them down with the top of her cheek) and see how red they are- red= good iron, light pink = low iron.

    With the porridge, using whole rolled oats simmered in a bit of milk is more nutritious than those single serve packets- the whole oats have more vitamins than the crushed ones they use in the pre packaged packets. You can add some honey or malt syrup for sweetness.

    Malt syrup in a tin from the health food section at the supermarket is high in iron. If you can convince her it's a treat it would be a good vitamin boost for her- it's sweet like honey or golden syrup, but nutrient dense too.

    I'm really pleased she is at least eating something- albeit small amounts and very limited variety.

    You are doing great! And tell that DH of yours he needs to support you in looking after your Dd- not criticise you for trying to get her to eat!! Grr.


 

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