My son has been a good eater until age 1 and then eating became an issue. He has always been between 15-20 percetile for weight and 75-90 th for hight. He gained 2 lbs between 12 and 15 months and our pediatritian (although reasonable happy with his growth) recommended adding cream and peanut butter to other food to concentrate calories.
He refuses to to eat in high chair on most occasions and he ofter indicates he will not eat by shaking his head or hands even before trying a food. We offer him many different foods but he refuses. Sometimes he will eat only cherrios, then watermelon for few days, but that does not give him much calories. We try eating while playing, sitting in the car and that sometimes work to get food in him. If he is not paying attention to the food and is busy with something else I may be able to feed him a bit. But we are running out of ideas and old tricks become old very quickly. Sometimes he will feed himself , mainly by hands but he certainly cannot get enough food in him (perhaps 10 soy beans - edemame, few goldfish or few bites of bread etc). After several bites he usually starts playing with food and throwing it on the floor. We tried setting a snack tray for him to nibble and that worked for few days but now just plays with food.
Any ideas how to make feeding more enjoyable for him and us and how to make him eat better?
His weight is just below the 25th percentile and his height is below the 90th percentile for his age. He sounds like a very busy boy and it can be frustrating to you when he has no interest in food. Suggest he has his meals with the family together and he is given finger food (hopefully the food you eat). Is he drinking milk? You can add ice cream to it as a milkshake (milk, fruit, and ice cream blended) or yogurt smoothies (yogurt, fresh fruit, and frozen fruit) in place of milk so he is getting additional calories and protein to make up for what he does not eat. Relax at meals and let him eat what he wants. Try introducing new foods. Sometimes it takes 5-9 times to introduce a food that he will accept, however, if he do not want it you have to not make a fuss and let it go. Give him the food he likes. Hoped this helped you.
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