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19 month old not eating much food - worried

liamt

Member
hi guys

before xmas my son was eating pretty much everything put in front of him, feeding himself with a spoon etc and doing well.

but since xmas he is getting worse at eating. just refusing food a lot of the time and not eating the vast majority of stuff he was eating before.

i just dont know what to do now. he has lost a few pounds since last weigh in and im really starting to worry about him. the nurse says that we just need to get anything down him but now he is even stopping eating things he liked 2 weeks ago. he hasnt eaten much at all today, hardly ate anything at all yesterday. he isnt a chubby kid anyway so its not like he has too much puppy fat to lose.

he is a very active kid and generally a happy one but im running out of ideas and the mrs is worrying a lot too.

any tips?

we have tried just finger food, he loves toast (with marmite, paste etc on) but its not exactly a healthy diet. we have tried him sitting at our table on a booster, on his own table and chair and at his high chair. different plates and spoons etc. lots of varied foods.

he does seem to drink quite a bit of juice (vimto) but we have had him checked for diabetes etc and he is ok. not sure if he is filling himself up too much on juice. i know i dehydrate quite quickly so i tend to drink a fair bit.

any help appreciated. got to look after my little man :thumbsup:
 

HOF

Novice Member
My daughter is the same and now almost 6.

If your worried go the doctors we did but it turns out that is just the way she is and she goes through phases.
 

Dave

Distinguished Member
Feeding kids is a nightmare, both of mine would try absolutely anything when they were very young but now it feels like I'm feeding them fish fingers and chips constantly because they won't eat anything else.

I keep trying to introduce a bit of variety but alas no, they don't bloody like it. I'm not overly concerned because while I'd love them to eat as much variety as me they do eat a balanced diet. They will eat as much fruit as you can throw at them, love some types of veg and have generally good eating habits such as not continuing to eat once you are full etc.

Personally I'd just find a few things they like and as long as it's healthy stuff, give it to him. Obviously if it's deep fried crap he likes then you may have a problem. As long as he's healthy I wouldn't worry too much.
 

FZR400RRSP

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If everything else checks out ok, I wouldn't worry too much.
Our eldest started off eating everything going until around 2YO, then became mega fussy.
And now, at age 10, she's just one of those people that if they didn't have to eat, they wouldn't.
It's just fuel to her, what can you do?
On the positive side, it's highly unlikely she'll ever have obesity issues (she is not underweight either, just thin).
A diet specialist we were referred to also said "makes a change from fat kids" (paraphrasing)
 

eob

Member
Sometimes, they just don't feel hungry.
My wife used to have kittens if one of our three went off their food.
As long as he is drinking plenty of fluids, he'll be fine.

Edit: Just thought I'd add as long as there were no other symptoms, high temperatures, rashes, lethargy etc, then he will be fine.
 
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hutch

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Our 2yo has never eaten anything, she didn't even like milk when she was a baby! It's been a source of much stress between me and my wife but now she is two we are realising that it's just the way she is.

Seriously don't beat yourselves up about it just try to give varied foods and if he was hungry he will eat the most important part is to make sure he's getting enough water. It's amazing how they seem to live on fresh air and still be as active as they are!

As our child health nurse said have you ever heard of a child starving when food was available?
 
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DPinBucks

Distinguished Member
Remember two basic principles:

1. No child has ever been known to starve itself to death;
2. Any food is better than no food.

DO NOT WORRY if all he'll eat is things you think are unhealthy. There is more basic nourishment and food value in so-called junk food than you imagine. And children naturally need rather more energy and carbohydrate than an adult.

Fish fingers and chips are fine. As is a Big Mac and fries. For balance, perhaps, a vitamin supplement in his drink.

Of course, a varied diet is also important, and equally, you must first be sure that he's basically healthy (which I'm sure he is). Find a veg he likes, and stick to it, if you can. Kids usually like sweet corn or peas. Don't keep trying different things hoping to find something he'll like. That will just confuse him, and make him think he's in control. Stick to what you think he should have. There must be some things he used to eat and generally enjoyed.

Kids also tend to like things you might find surprising. I've never known a child yet who didn't love garlic bread. They also tend to like pasta and rice. Have you tried them?
 

Ruperts slippers

Distinguished Member
We had this with our first,all she ever had was milk, aptamil and then cows full fat.And because she was prem and very small we worried about it constantly,she was so small she wasn't even on the percentile charts,thats why we persevered with the night time feeding...

Food has been a real battle,the dishes used to go flying across the room...A bit of avice we were told was to view baby and toddler feeding over a weekly period,not daily..

Although now she's settled down and eats most things....And is now around the 25th percentile,so we're pretty happy....
The mrs sisters 7 month old weighs 2stone and is a right porky pig and she has the opposite problem,filling him up...He looks like butterbean...

As for older kids,thats upto each parent but my eldest who's 16 used to be a stubborn as a mule with food until i made her sit at the table until she ate what she was given,she never refused again after that....She was 5 at the time...
 

liamt

Member
thanks guys. good to know we are not alone. i dont think it helped that last time on the weigh in it was a different nurse who said he was thin which got the wife worried. although apparently he is on the 50% line meaning he is of average weight for his age.

he has bags of energy and is a happy little boy most of the time. he has shown signs of teething again yesterday and only has maybe 4 teeth left to come through. the big ones at the back too. so that makes sense why he has gone off food again. he also caught my cold, again which puts him off his food.

and DPinBucks - yup. he loves garlic bread - i think its safe to assume he isnt a vampire lol. and peas and sweetcorn are my fave veg lol. im just a big kid though.

thanks all. put my mind to rest a bit there :thumbsup:
 

BB3Lions

Distinguished Member
As a guide you can use the

Banana
Rice
Apple
Toast

Banana dries up the runs, rice fills the tummy, apple keeps the doc away & toast does something else.
 

sophies hero

Active Member
eob said:
Sometimes, they just don't feel hungry.
My wife used to have kittens if one of our three went off their food.
As long as he is drinking plenty of fluids, he'll be fine.

Edit: Just thought I'd add as long as there were no other symptoms, high temperatures, rashes, lethargy etc, then he will be fine.
Id echo this, our daughter used to eat brilliant. Anything on a plate would get destroyed. Now shes almost two and half the time she takes a look and "no like it" even if she ate a big plate of it the day before. My wife gets worried about it sometimes but my view is that if she eats at least one of her meals a day she wont starve and if shes not hungry i can't force her to eat. Unless the weight really starts dropping i wouldn't worry too much.
 

liamt

Member
had a fun weekend. he is really full of a nasty cold at the moment and just refusing everything. all he had all weekend was a couple of yoghurts and a little bit of toast. he is just refusing everything bar yoghurt really.

poor little tyke really not himself. pretty much all weekend was just cuddling up with me on the couch watching peppa pig and ben and holly. i dont mind these but 25 hours of them in a weekend is a bit too much.
 

FZR400RRSP

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liamt said:
had a fun weekend. he is really full of a nasty cold at the moment and just refusing everything. all he had all weekend was a couple of yoghurts and a little bit of toast. he is just refusing everything bar yoghurt really.

poor little tyke really not himself. pretty much all weekend was just cuddling up with me on the couch watching peppa pig and ben and holly. i dont mind these but 25 hours of them in a weekend is a bit too much.
Ipad or laptop with sky go.
Hey presto, you can watch what you want sitting on the same sofa as them watching tv.
Conversely, give them the ipad/PC and you watch the tv.
OR, you buy them personal DVD players and they watch those.
You get the script, there's really no need for you to have to watch their programmes, even if you're right beside them.
I'd go off my nut without these options, between peppa pig for the youngest and shake it up for the elder one.
 

liamt

Member
Ipad or laptop with sky go.
Hey presto, you can watch what you want sitting on the same sofa as them watching tv.
Conversely, give them the ipad/PC and you watch the tv.
OR, you buy them personal DVD players and they watch those.
You get the script, there's really no need for you to have to watch their programmes, even if you're right beside them.
I'd go off my nut without these options, between peppa pig for the youngest and shake it up for the elder one.
i dont have sky :( and my tablet went tits up at the weekend (bloody win8). needed to borrow a USB DVD drive at work. typical eh?

in fairness he did fall asleep a bit on me so i played a bit of PS3 with him asleep on my lap.

mrs took him to the drs yesterday and apparently there is a virus going round that is putting them off their food. he said not to worry. these kids clubs seem to be a breeding ground of sickness for kids.
 

FZR400RRSP

Banned
I have to admit, I went off on one the other day.
We've got 6 televisions in the house, and it seems every bloody time I switch any of them on they are on kids channels.
Once, just once, it would be nice to switch a telly on and it's already on an adult channel.

Not that kind of adult channel....obviously....:)

With regard to eating, our 10YO is showing signs of becoming more adventurous with food.
Which is a relief.
 

liamt

Member
:) haha. yeah. always on nick jnr 1or2 at our house.

in our bedroom i never know which dvd will be in the player. mummy and daddy movie or bloody tangled/gruffalo
 

Ruperts slippers

Distinguished Member
We just put the last hr of the bbc channel on, with zoo lane and night garden ,rest of the time i watch whet i want,i can remember going to a pals house to watch footy,his mrs said we couldn't watch the match till the kids had finished watching a dvd,i just turned it over as soon as she went ino the kitchen...:laugh:
 

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