Thursday, August 7, 2008

picky eater, or just not an eater at all?


Addie does not eat. i dont know how she isnt a bean poll. i have tried using cookie cutters and dips and making up fun names for the food, but it hasnt worked. not only that but she has the worst gag reflex in all the world. i put this heart toast with strawberry jam in front of her this morning, and she started gagging, put her hand over her mouth and said, "im gonna puke!" i dont think i am THAT horrible of a cook! but how can a child have so much energy and never refuel?
her sister on the other hand..... Callie will eat a whole waffle, a handful of cereal, a cup of milk, and her sisters untouched half waffle all in one sitting! she is the total opposite.
so does anyone have any clever food ideas?

10 comments:

Esther said...

We have this problem with Ethan. I have resorted to letting him not eat snacks, then he's really hungry for meal time. Then if he still doesn't want to eat, I don't force him. Sometimes kids just aren't that hungry, especially in the heat. I used to beat my head against the wall trying to figure out what to do. Hope this helps.

Ashley B said...

Gage has the same problem. Most nights I feel like I'm sending him to bed starving...but what can you do? You can't force feed them! I try to supplement him with snacks that are somewhat healthy and filling. He will eat on the go better than he will in an eating setting. So I will cut up string cheese and put it in a baggy for him to munch on or crackers, cut up fruit, I guess you probably get the picture. Or I try the grazing tray idea which I think is awesome... http://www.nannytomom.com/feeding-nutrition/snack-tray-ideas.php
I don't know if any of that will help but hopefully! Good luck!

Eric and Addie said...

Zane used to go through this as well. His doctor actually threatened steriod shots to make him grow so I went and bought kids pediasure. He loves chocolate milk and he would drink it like crazy and I swear it helped his appetite. He is actually getting better about eating. I think it is just a stage and she will eventually grow out of it, she probably would rather be playing instead of eating but just remember she will eat when she gets hungry.

Jessica said...

ashley, i have done this grazing tray before, and i think i will try again. then i wont be in the kitchen all day, getting snacks, and then when she is ready to eat, it is on the table for her. thanks for reminding me about that!

Meagan said...

It sounds like Addie and Hudson have a lot in common! I read the comments other people left, and I think the eating-on-the-go seems to work best for Hudson. I still have him sit in his chair to eat some breakfast and try to eat some dinner, but other than that I put food in baggies or on the counter and he stands up there on his little step-stool to eat it. The other night I asked Abe- "is there any rule that says they have to eat at the table???" I figured as long as he's eating I don't care where he is. :) Let me know if you try anything else that works for you....maybe I could try it with Hudson.
P.S.- if you're worried she's not getting enough vitamins, etc, you could do the pediasure thing. They are pretty expensive, so I buy the generic brand and then just mix 1/2 of it in with his cup of milk. He loves it :) (we buy the vanilla kind)

tatum said...

I have a whole bunch of pediasure if you want it. My kid is allergic. She is a healthy energetic girl. So as hard as it is to not worry. She knows when her body needs to be refueled.

The Van Fam said...

Ok you are so creative! Those hearts are so cute! I had the hardest time feeding Trey up until like a month ago! Honestly I dont think he ate for a year and didn't gain any weight and I was always stressing about it. Now I just put him front of the TV and he eats, I know probably not the best habit but I had to find a way to get food down him! Addie doesn't look tiny though so its probably just a phase and it will pass! Callie though, wow, thats a ton of food!

Jaime said...

Kalei has gone throught something similar too. There are only a handful of foods she will actually eat. I don't know if you have tried this, but with Kalei she will only eat plain, whole foods. Nothing with sauce, jam, dip, etc. nothing mixed together (like mac and cheese). Plain bread, plain noodles, slices of cheese, yogurt that doesn't have the fruit chunks in it, dry cereal, etc. Everything has to be seperate and not touching any other food on the plate too. And like what others have said, having it on the go seems to help too. One type of food in a ziploc or small bowl. As long as she has a normal amount of energy and sleeps ok at night, It should be just fine :) Good luck!

Lexi said...

Logan and Trent are like that, but they are both bean poles lol. Anyway, early development told me to offer them everything that we are eating, but then give them seconds of the stuff they do eat. I pump up their food with lots of extra calories and I also add stuff to mask flavor. Find what she does like and try creative things with those foods.

Lexi said...

oh yeah, I have found that if I limit the snacks they eat stuff they "don't like" at dinner and lunch time. Breakfast isn't a problem because I always have like 6 types of cereal. But Logan doesn't get anything after 2 pm so that he will eat... nothing to drink even. It has really helped. Trent also stops eating and drinking about 2 so he will eat dinner.