I have an 8 year old son who has been having issues with eating. It started about a month ago and has actually lost some weight. I'm really really worried because before this, he'd be eating everything in sight.
It's also really odd because his favorite foods are fruits and veggies.. along with chips, candy, peanuts.
This morning, I asked him what he wanted for breakfast, he said pancakes, so I made him some. An hour and half later the entire pancake was still there! He'd only eaten the bacon.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I'm hoping it's a phase since he's started to separate his food on his plate and will refuse to eat anything that touches. If anyone talks about something "nasty" while he's eating, he'll get grossed out and won't eat. My mom thinks that something is stuck to the wall of his intestine. His ped, told me to keep an eye on him and keep him away from juice.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has gone through something similar to this. Any advice would be appreciated!
Well, I have an ultra picky 8 year old myself that can decide to eat or not, food can't touch and will smell everything before it goes into his mouth. BUT, he has sensory issues and this has been going on since he was a little guy.
Could he have some gi issues? Does he ever complain of any tenderness or pain?
Could he have some anxiety issues?
Don't blame yourself. (you mention 'what am I doing wrong'). This isn't your fault at all. You obviously are a concerned parent doing your best. Offer lots of snacks (healthy ones) if he is not doing great with meals. good luck
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