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Help with little one eating

lindauk Avatar
6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Just wondering if anyone can give me
abit advice. My 16 month old daughter is really pathetic when it comes
to eating. She used to be really good then since she was poorly once she
hardlys eats anything. Refuses to take food from a spoon when I try and
when I let her do it herself she still doesn't really eat... anything. The only finger foods she eats is a little bit of toast anda little bit waffle. Thanks
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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banned#1
my neice at nothing but microwaved cheese rolls for about 10 years or more, she grew up fine!

all you can do is provide options, and she may sneak in a few when you are not watching

its probably a two stage process she doesnt want to eat and she wont be seen eating
#2
most kids get like that after they have been ill, just give her some time I know its worrying that she is not eating as well, but she wont starve herself. Just give her little bits to eat and often, and dont make too much fuss or let her know it is upsetting you. I am sure that given a bit more time to get over her illness she will be eating normally again:)

perhaps a good way to start it by giving her one thing you know she will eat and introduce something else as well, that way she is still eating something and might try the other thing on the plate, arrange it nicely as well maybe a smilie face or something, presentation is everything with kdis
#3
I remember seeing a programme on this - it's important that mummy and daddy don't get stressed as she will feel this pressure.
Sometimes children remember a bad experience of eating and it puts them off, making food fun can be good, so actually letting the child play with the food, get used to the textures with their hands and see that it's not bad and they might try it after a few times of playing, and mummy/daddy trying and playing with the foods too. It was about de-sensitising the child to the food or something like that, getting them used to and not afraid of certain textures and later on aware that it won't hurt or make them poorly.
Also make sure that she isn't constipated as some children don't like to eat as they know pooing will hurt, so they work out that less they eat, the less often they need to poo.
#4
Try to invite friends she may have round for lunch or dinner (especially the ones who are good/unfussy eaters) and she will see them and will encourage her to eat (especially if they get a reward/sticker ) for doing so well !
That has helped with our 5 year old son and although he has a bit of a limited diet,its mainly healthy(ish) and he eats a lot more than previously !
Hang on in there, kids change all the time :thumbsup:
#5
Thanks everyone. I do get stressed at times and I think she picks up on that. I try her with fruit ect but she doesn't like the feel, funny she doesn't mind the feel of crisps and sweets lol.
#6
Make the food look nice.
Colourful attractive food in small quanties might encouage
#7
lindauk
Thanks everyone. I do get stressed at times and I think she picks up on that. I try her with fruit ect but she doesn't like the feel, funny she doesn't mind the feel of crisps and sweets lol.


Maybe you could try mashing an apple up a bit and putting it in a bowl, let her get her fingers in it, lick her fingers, get used to the texture etc. first on her fingers and then in her mouth. Or chop up a banana and let her do this, that's what they did on the programme anyway - I'm not a mum though so the others probably have better suggestions.
#8
jellybaby22
my 8 year old was exactly the same at arount 14 months.... i was honestly worried she was going to strave she ate so little...and you cant force them.... it didnt last forever though, and now she would eat me out of house and home if I let her...

try not to worry...alot easier said than done I know x


+1

My daughter was the same, If their hungry they'll eat, Some more than others, I did worry but she gradually got more of an appetite, No stopping her now..!!!
#9
lindauk
Thanks everyone. I do get stressed at times and I think she picks up on that. I try her with fruit ect but she doesn't like the feel, funny she doesn't mind the feel of crisps and sweets lol.


Maybe you could hide some fruit, like making fresh strawberry or banna milkshakes if she will drink them :)
#10
leilahfun;8816036
Maybe you could hide some fruit, like making fresh strawberry or banna milkshakes if she will drink them :)

Good idea smoothies. Put in some sweet fruit like mangos and bananas or whizz up with some ice cream. Worth a try.
#11
mine was the same lived on yoghurts till she was about 5 i was so worried shes 8 now and eats loads and is very healthy try not to worry it is very common when you ask around there is lots of kids do it, she will grow out of it in her own time :)
#12
mine hardly ate anything until i got her a little table and chair amd it worked like magic! runs over sits herself down and feeds herself now. that was 18 months
banned#13
My daughter is exactly the same she can go days and days with nothing at all, and then when she does eat it will be wotsits or her new thing is the fruit with dried yoghurt on so i guess a little bit more healthy, we have tried everything, and spoke to loads of people all which tell us not to worry and she will eat when she wants, and doesnt understand starving herself, i know exactly how u feel as am going through the same thing, she was always a bigger child from birth but now to me she isnt growing she is 19 months old and still in 12-18 clothes, which i know isnt bad but she has been in them since 9/10 months so she cant have grown much is 9/10 months? she is healthy very rarely gets ill, but does drink alot of milk, so i know thats why she wont eat as she is fiiliing herself with milk. am sure they will both start eating when there ready and is more common than u think x x

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