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thaddeusgriffin
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Feeding Difficulties

Posted by @thaddeusgriffin, Jan 28, 2016

I have a child who seems to eat great at breakfast and lunch, but whenever dinner rolls around she will not touch anything. We’ve tried making the foods she likes, we’ve tried a variety of foods, and we’ve tried smaller portions. Does anyone have any advice on what we could be feeding her because I personally feel like she isn’t eating enough or anything and that can’t be good for her.

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CourtneySchmidt
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Posted by @CourtneySchmidt, Jan 28, 2016

Hi!
How old is your daughter? I frequently have that same issue with my son who is 2 years old. Have you talked about it with your pediatrician? Many times, pediatricians will say that toddlers tend to be picky and so they aren’t going to necessarily eat 3 full meals a day like adults. One meal they’ll eat normally and the next, they might eat nothing. At her next Dr. visit, I would ask if her weight and growth are normal, and if so what your doctor recommends when she isn’t eating much. There also is a great resource out there by a dietitian named Ellyn Satter who talks about how to feed a child, and this has really shaped my thinking on this topic. Here’s her website if you’re interested: http://ellynsatterinstitute.org/htf/howtofeed.php


Marsha
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Posted by @threelittleones, Jan 28, 2016

@thaddeusgriffin – I have a three year old that is the same way. She will eat well for some meals and not others and likes/dislikes food depending on the day. One thing that has helped me is having her help me cook. She seems much more excited about eating when she has had a hand in preparing the food herself and she really enjoys it as well! Just something to try, hope this helps!


lendychapman
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Posted by @lendychapman, Feb 1, 2016

In addition to potential pickiness, though…food can also be about control. At those ages, kids are really seeking things they can make choices about. If whether or not she eats is something she feels like she’s in control over, then it can become a battle of wills (and we know toddlers and preschoolers bring their “A” game on those!) and then mealtime can become more stressful. So, definitely offering opportunities to make choices (not always just related to food) and be involved with mealtime prep may make things easier. But, if there’s a matter that is NOT a choice, then don’t offer it to her as one. Hope this helps!

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