My daughter will be 2 in February. She really hasn't eaten well for the past year. She would usually eat about 8 things and that was it, but she loved healthy stuff for the 8 items so I didn't worry too much. But now she will hardly eat anything! We are lucky now to get her to eat a bite of toast at breakfast, a few chunks of apple at lunch, and some crackers and peanut butter on a spoon at dinner. That's pretty much what she'll touch these days. Any ideas??? We ask her if she wants this or that and she just freaks out screaming and gets mad. She is starting to learn to talk a tiny bit but she does knows signs for a lot of foods and no matter how we approach meal time she freaks out! All she's had today (almost 11 am) is a bite of toast, her vitamin, and a cup of milk.
Do you have any brilliant ideas of new ways we can approach mealtime with her to get her to even try something new? We offer whatever we are eating and she swats it away and says no without even tasting it. I just don't get it!
Answer: Generally young children while not necessarily eating what and as much as parents would like, do eat as much as they need at that time. It may go down for a couple of days but usually picks back up again. Anytime the lack of eating much lasts more than a few days it is worth talking with the pediatrician about. Observe for other things like stomach discomfort, lethargic behavior, etc. Is she sleeping well? Is an appropriate amount coming out reflective of what has gone in? How is her weight?
If is was just finicky eating then "no thank you helping" help (small amounts that the child needs to eat before moving on.) How much is she drinking? Look at how she reacts to choices (fresh fruit bits versus fruit flavored snacks) (animal crackers versus graham crackers). All of your observations should be shared with the doctor.