Posted By Cyndi on January 21, 1999 at 00:48:11:
In Reply to: Re: Toddler eating habits posted by Tanya on January 20, 1999 at 15:42:45:
: : I have a two year old child that I cannot get to eat anything. He has not gained an ounce in over 5 months. He does everything and anything to get out of eating. I took him to his pediatrician to see if there was anything wrong and now she wants to run a bunch of tests to make sure he does not have a thyroid disorder or is not anemic. I am very worried that he may have a growth disorder. Could you give me some advice on trying to get him eat or even what the possibilties that this may be a more severe problem then what it may seem.
: Hi .. I am a nurse that has been working with children
: and post-partum mom's .. toddlers at this age are on the
: go all the time .. their work is their play .. at this
: stage of their life .. they aren't going to stop long
: enough to eat .. nor or you going to be able to make them
: stop long enough to eat .. so therefore .. I have learned
: over a period of time .. that you have to give them what
: we call finger foods .. things like pieces of hot dog ..
: finger sandwhiches ..things they like to eat that they
: can carry around on their hands while they are still
: playing .. they can eat and still feel as though they
: still have their freedom .. pick healthy foods but foods
: high in protein and vitamins .. might also wanna try
: some daily vitamins like flinstones .. that will help in
: giving the child an appetite. Good luck!!
Hi there! My 3 year old has always been a picky eater. I find that sitting with him at meal times helps to keep him at the table longer. Also, I give him Pediasure AFTER meals. This is a great supplement for kids. It not only provides vitamins and minerals, but also protein and fat. I would tend to question the weight gain, or lack there of. Remember though, at this age there growth slows down tremendously. As long as he is not deviating from his normal growth curve, I wouldn't worry! If your doctor is concerned, however, then he may be going down the growth chart, so I would definately follow through with these test your doctor has ordered.
If they do not show anything significant, you will at least have your mind at peace!
I would like to thank you for your answers. My son's test results came back completely normal and he is just not eating right now. I am going to take the advice of the vitamins and pediasure. I will also start preparing him finger foods. Thank you again for all your help.
Glad to hear all is well. I know this is a relief for you. Good luck, and feel free to e-mail me anytime!