My son is just over three years old and as he gets older his eating habits worsen a lot. He used to eat everything I gave him up until he turned 2, and then he started to eliminate more and more items off his menu. At present, he won't touch fruits at all; occasionally he'll have corn on cob or few slices of cucumber; and what worries me the most is that he won't touch potatoes, rice or any noodles. He'll eat a whole wheat bun with a hot dog or hamburger, whole wheat pancakes or multigrain oat toast with jam or cream cheese and that's pretty much it for his carbs. He'll eat breaded chicken, meatloaf, chicken nuggets and fish strips as long as they're dipped in ketchup or ranch dressing and he'll drink plain milk, and he'll usually have a few fries which I bake instead of deep frying. I guess there are a few choices for him but he'll basically eat the meat only, no sides. In the last year he grew almost 4 inches but hasn't really put any weight on and so I'm concerned that maybe he's not getting enough carbs?
From your measurements, his weight is between the 50-75th percentile and his height is on the 75th percentile for his age. He is normal for his age. It is frustrating when children become picky eaters. He is getting enough carbs. Milk and dairy products provide carbohydrates, plus he is eating rolls/bread, and pancakes. You can try French toast dripped in egg so he gets more protein and waffles, too. Let him eat what he wants and introduce new foods every few weeks gently. The new foods should be related to the foods he eats so he may accept them. Relax and if he does not want it, do to not make a fuss and let it go. Hoped this helped you.
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