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    Hi everyone,

    Hoping the collective wisdom of bubhub can help me. My 2 year old DS has been getting increasingly fussy with his eating. In the past week, he's refused 4 dinners (home made pizzas, spaghetti bol, quiche, sausages with mash and veg though the veg has been out for a while) that he would normally eat, and we now seem to be down to one choice - chicken schnitzel (cooked in the oven and cut into strips), and oven cooked chips.

    He's been refusing veg for a while, but will occasionally try some off either my plate or DH's, so I thought that might just be normal 2 year old behaviour.

    He's also decided that he isn't going to eat most fruit any more - even though he used to eat all of it. I can't even convince him to have a smoothie that is just milk and banana. He won't eat eggs any more either - even with loads of cheese.

    The things he will eat without failure: toast, biscuits/crackers, hot chips (oven or deep fried - but the latter rarely happens), fruit puree, ice cream or ice blocks (not frozen yoghurt), bread (sandwiches with PB&J or vegemite and cheese), vanilla yoghurt, porridge/oats. Also things like pop corn, and corn cakes generally get eaten without question.

    We eat with him (usually at the table, though we've been trying in front of the tv to see if it makes a difference - it doesn't), he is allowed to come and steal from our plates. He doesn't get afternoon tea, but eats his lunch about 2 (and we're down to just sandwiches because he won't eat anything else). DH keeps offering him toast and sandwiches, which I am sure doesn't help. He used to eat so much - I am not sure what happened.

    I am open to suggestions, sneaky recipes, anything. I need this kid to eat. He is so skinny and tiny and I am feeling completely lost!

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    This sounds a lot like my 2 year old dd. She's basically on a 90% carbohydrate diet some days! I'm really hoping it's an age thing that will pass.

    Things I'm trying (with occasional success):
    - having her help choose our meals. I give two choices and let her pick.
    - getting her involved in helping cook the meal she's helped choose.
    - letting her snack throughout the day rather than trying to limit her to meals. She seems to eat a better variety of things if I provide them during the day than at sit down meals.
    - praising her for trying different things, even if she just licks them, but not making a big deal about things she leaves on her plate.

    I don't know if any of that might work for your ds. I'm really just keeping my fingers crossed that if I keep offering all the options, and not making meals a battle, that eventually she'll return to her non-fussy self.

    Eta: also, I still put small serves of all the vegetables and other parts of the meal she won't eat on her plate. I'm sort of hoping if I keep putting it there then one day she'll randomly decide to eat them.
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    My DS is also 2 and going through this phase. It is just a phase but most of them go through this at this age and it can be super frustrating!

    The thing to remember is that you must keep offering a wide variety of food - not just food you know he will eat. So DS still get lunches and dinners of foods I know he probably won't eat much of (or any) but if I only every offer him yoghurt and bread then that's all he's going to eat.

    I also will not make a big deal over food. I tell him his dinner is all he gets. No alternatives in this house. If he doesn't want to try it then that's ok too, he doesn;t have to. He will usually eat at least something on his plate (even if its just a bit of meat or pasta). If he eats something off his plate he gets unsweetened greek yoghurt and fruit for dessert (his favourite meal, he would eat greek yoghurt all day). He's gone off most fruit but was tricked into eating nectarine the other day (hidden well in his yoghurt) and decided he likes it again haha!

    I've successfully had DS eat meatballs the last couple of nights - he refused to eat them for ages but for some reason started again lol - they are just mince and grated veg with passata sauce but he's decided he likes it again.

    I think you just need to keep persisting - its frustrating but if you make a big deal about it/punish for not eating etc then it starts becoming an issue. Just keep offering offering offering - it takes up to 30x of offering the same food, cooked the same way, for kids to accept it. That's a lot of offering - but if you keep it up you'll find in time he will probably eat lots of foods once he gets over this phase.

    Good luck!

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    Don't know just feel your pain.
    My kids all have sensory issues though so to overcome them would be a massive undertaking. One has asd and the other is also 2. She has sensory issues at least, unsure if anything else.
    If she eats at all it's a victory lately. She won't even eat bread

    Some kids grow out of it and some don't.

    OP you are having a baby soon right? Could the build up around that time be affecting your son and he's using food choices as a way of stressing out?

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    Dd1 has just turned 4 and still hasn't improved sigh. I keep waiting....

    Sorry that's so not helpful to you.

    But she has survived, and thrived, on a diet of carbs and a bit of dairy only. No meat, fruit or vegetables, for nearly 4 years basically. But she's growing, happy, and intelligent regardless. So that's a positive, I guess?

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    my 1 year old (well 1 in 3 weeks) is pretty fussy. he's been difficult with solids as it is. although he's eating more, it's still very much a meal by meal gig...and stuff that was previously a hit can go out the window just like that. so annoying.

    it sucks when everyone in mothers group keeps exclaiming what a big eater their bubs are. I always feel like I'm doing something wrong.

    anyway no real advice, just sympathy and hugs. you're doing a great job. I read somewhere online that says if your toddler is eating 1 meal a day, you're ahead of the curve. also, they may be eating more than we realize. also, they're hard wired for survival. so if they're not eating, it's probably because they aren't hungry enough.

    anyway that's what I'm clinging to!

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    My DD is a dream eater, my two boys (4yo and 2yo) are exactly like your son. They will eat dairy, carbs and any sweet (junk) food they can get their hands on. Fruit is at a minimum - bananas, strawberries and maybe apple if we are lucky. Zero vegetables and I mean not one. Barely any meat unless it's processed rubbish, and even then my DS1 has been known to turn his nose up at McDonalds chicken nuggets. I have literally tried everything. Every trick in the book. Nothing has worked. So I'm ashamed to say that I've given up. I serve them what we are having for dinner and if they don't eat it then too bloody bad. And 9 times out of 10 they don't eat their dinner. But then there is the occasional night when they are hungry enough to eat it. Both are growing, although I have to give them an iron supplement every second day because they couldn't possibly be getting their daily requirement seeing as though they eat no veggies or meat. I am hopeful that one day they will improve, although I've seen nothing change with DS1 and he's now 4. They both refused to eat the chicken stir fry I made tonight - didn't even eat the plain rice. Weirdos.

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    It is kinda amazing what they can survive on. Not that it's a good amazing but my asd son is 8 and pretty extreme. He eats no fruit ore vegetables.

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    This popped up in my Facebook newsfeed today http://www.practicalparenting.com.au...e-fussy-eaters

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    I totally feel your stress.

    I went through this as a lot of people in thus forum would know. Yes, it's extremely stressful, I've been to different Drs, specialists, hospitals etc.

    I've had a period where it is was only milk & yogurt.

    On the bright side: they won't starve themselves. Keep telling yourself that. Yes... it's hard. I get it. Trust me.

    Try this....
    Cookie cutters and make the toast is different shapes
    Pancakes in different shapes (you can hide a lot in pancakes)
    Cheese
    Avocado
    Yogurt
    Smoothie-keep trying
    Put a few foods down, not too many. You don't want to cause confusion or scare.

    Do a picnic on the floor, add toys so it's a "big" picnic, sit inside or outside.
    Distraction works also

    Good luck

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