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@rsbkt5 (16)
United States
July 26, 2007 7:26pm CST
I have an 18 month old that is testing my patients with eating. She started getting her back teeth about 2 months ago and since then it is a battle to get her to eat. She eats fruit, crackers, vegetables sometimes and icecream/popsicles. I do not think that this is enough nutrition for this age group. My other children ate everything so I have never experienced this. Any ideas how to sneak more into diet? I even tried nutritional drinks, but that is hit or miss.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
27 Jul 07
I'm not gonna agree with much of what other people have said :) Although the first person said something that i half agree with - LOL - basically, my daughter is 13 months old & she has 1 bottle of formula a day, it's a vanilla drink that covers all her nutritional needs with just 1 cup/bottle a day since little ones don't really eat a lot anyway. The brand is WYATT (i think) it's a toddler formula for 12 months to 3 years, so basically you could just get her to eat what she wants during the day & at night before bed give her a warm bottle/cup of the toddler drink to make sure she gets all the good stuff! My daughter eats everything but it's nice to know the 1 drink can make sure she's set for nutrients :) Also, this formula i have can be given as just a vanilla drink - for the full affects you use 5 scoops to 175ml of water (i'm in Australia, sorry) & to have just a milk drink with a different flavour, you just add in a little to taste, she loves it too. I guess the 2nd option would be perfect for kids that don't like the taste of plain milk. You could try making her something like a little stew - with veggies & small amounts of chicken in there (since chicken is a lot more tender - fish would work too) or try something else. My daughter loves to have cocktail frankfurts so she can have 2 or 3 of those for lunch & i know she's getting enough red meat - they're only about 2" long so i peel off the skin & she'll sit there & gnaw on that - then she has meat with veggies etc for dinner. Also, try making her chips/fries - oven baked only but she can still just hold them & chew! Good luck!
@rsbkt5 (16)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Thanks for commenting. I have tried the nutrition drinks and it's a no go. She is just going to eat only what she wants, but thanxs for comment.
• United States
27 Jul 07
sometimes when they hit that age there taste buds change theres not a whole lot you can do. keep trying differant foods give her the choice of picking between her meals and be patient she'll grow out of it.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
While she is going through this stage, I would put her back on her formula that she drank when she was a baby. It will supplement whatever she is eating right now. It will pass, her teeth are hurting when she chews so I wouldnt force the issue. As long as she is not loosing weight or becoming dehydrated I wouldnt be that concerned right yet
@rsbkt5 (16)
• United States
27 Jul 07
For how long though? I think 2 months is a little extreme.
• United States
27 Jul 07
Well if you are uncomfortable you can always ask your pediatrician. She is still so young though, it isnt going to hurt her only supplement her. I think because your others ate everything you are concerned, but all kids are different and this one is reacting differently to the pain of teething than your other two. Like I said as long as she is active, sleeps well, not losing weight and or becoming dehydrated she is probably fine. If she is stubborn and you push too much she may just close up and not eat at all.
@smartmom (827)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I have had the same problem with my 17 month old son. He was a really good eater up until about a month ago, when he stopped eating and became very picky. This week he finally started picking up the eating again, but I had really begun to worry me. I found that anything ground beef he will eat (lasagne, spaghetti and meat balls, meat balls), I have also begun making him smoothis and milk shakes, since I was told by a nutritionist that this was just as nutritious as the nutritional drinks. My son's favorites are: Banana, orange, milk, ice cubes (milkshake) banana, strawberries, orange juice, ice cubes (smoothie) mango, icecubes smoothie. You can try to make different variations, and see which ones your daughter likes the best. Good luck :)
@smartmom (827)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I forgot to add that I have found that if I mix some vegetarian beans with his dinner. It is easy to add to your normal dinners. I sometimes put it on top of the potatoes, rice etc., and I will get him to eat a little bit. The key is to disguise it so that he doesn't see what I am giving him, as he quickly picks up on my trick, if I give him too much of the stuff, he doesn't want.
@Angela07 (202)
• United States
27 Jul 07
what you should do is go see a doctor..I suggest that is best thing to do and they could give her a nutritonal plan that tastes good or something like that..
@rsbkt5 (16)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Been there done that. Thanxs though. They are no help. Her iron is high and she is healthy, so all is good as far as they are concerned.
• China
27 Jul 07
In my opinion You should give him what he want to eat,
@rsbkt5 (16)
• United States
27 Jul 07
That's what I have been doing but, after 2 months it's starting to get old. Thanx for commenting