• over 3 years ago

    Picky eater

    My 3year old Zackery wont eat and still has his bottle. I have tried putting the bottle in the trash, tried starving. He went without his bottle for about a day and a half, he was literally shaking and still refused to eat. I had to give in, couldn't see him like that. He would put food in his mouth chew it a bit and then spit it out or just keep the food there mixed with saliva. He refuses just about everything, the gerber baby food, yogurt, chocolate pudding, smoothies you name it. If he tastes food he may say that its delicious but he just wont swallow. I have tried giving him a plate for himself when the rest of the family eats he just plays with the food. He's supposed to start school in September and I am at my wits end.

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  • over 3 years ago

    RE: Picky eater

    Have you tried an ENT (ears nose throat) to see if's a swallowing issue? Does he speak okay. Maybe it's related to the tongue? I had a friend who's child had a "tongue thrust" which made it difficult to swallow the food.

    I had a similar problem with my daugher, but she would take some smooth food (like Ella's meat or beans packets). She ate from packets until she was about 3 1/2. She's 4 now and is finally almost weaned off the bottle and will drink milk from a sippy cop or cup with straw. But she drinks much less milk now as a result. She'll drink juice.

    It's a constant struggle for me. She is still very underweight (hasn't hit 30 lbs yet).

    at some point, 3-ish-4, she started to respond to food games. Like her father would eat something in a silly or fun way and she'd want to try. Sometimes she'd eat things in fun shapes. I occasionally bribed her to success (I know you are not supposed to do that, but it got her to eat chicken!)

    Nonetheless - they are all small wins and she still eats way less in calories and gains weight very slowly.

    She's also very moody and easily prone to tears, which I assume is related. Other than that - she's doing very well (in school, with friends etc).

    Good luck. I have little advice but lots of sympathy.
      • over 3 years ago
        Also - yes - he advice of "take the bottle away and eventually they'll eat" never worked for me either. I was worried I'd end up in social services for starving my child. How many days can you go without giving your child any calories?
  • over 3 years ago

    RE: Picky eater

    There is a smoothie called Pediasure Sidekicks that has vitamins and you can present it to him as a treat. This can help him get his nutrition needs met. Gummie vitamins can help too. As far as offering food, I place a fruit basket on the dinner table permanently and my 4 yr old son (started that at 3yrs old) grabs an apple, banana, cuties, etc. It might surprise you.
  • over 3 years ago

    RE: Picky eater

    Please have your child evaluated by a pediatric speech-language pathologist and or occupational therapist who specializes in feeding & swallowing. Feeding is a very complex issue involving many muscles as well as the sensory system ( smell, taste, feeling of texture, ability to recognize where the food is in your mouth). This should be addressed as soon as possible in order to reduce any anxiety/aversion associated with feeding. Good luck!