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8/16/12 4:42 P

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My 2.5 year old son is terrible about eating. There was really only about 3-4 things that we could get him to eat regularly but now he wont even try it. I think the only reason he isn't skin and bones is because we give him Ovaltine in his milk. I can't even get him to drink anything other than milk and juice. I've gotten where I limit drinks and snacks and I don't make him a separate meal anymore. If he eats (which is unlikely) he eats.

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8/15/12 10:51 P

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My son went threw the same stage at 1 1/2 hes now 2 his doc. Said its normal as long as they eat give them whatever but what i did is not give him milk in his cup and give him water when he goes to bed and when he wakes up and ever sence i have done that he started eating alot better but good luck. Hope some of my advise helps.

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7/3/12 12:14 P

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My 2.5 year old son is like that too. I think part of it is he sees his friends eating it so he has to do what they do. but My son also will snake all night when he is at home and eat a little here and there through the night. My doctor told me not to worry about it they are getting what they need. they know their bodies better than we do.

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6/30/12 10:02 P

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kids are funny and sometimes would rather play than eat, and thats normal however if they are losing a lot of weight there could be a problem keep a good check on their teeth because they dont always complain about that, and that can play a part especially if they are getting new teeth or having pain out of cavities. As long as they are happy and at a healthy weight dont worry to much just take them for their check ups and try and get them to eat and you will be fine.

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6/15/12 9:58 P

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My girls were the same way at that age. My 3 1/2 year old still does that at times. Just keep offering the food. Like someone mentioned before they will eat when they are hungry. She has some days that she will hardly eat one entire meal for the day and others that she will eat everything she sees. Don't stress over it too much little ones are much better and eating when they need to instead of when they want to like us grown ups.

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6/12/12 3:21 P

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My 2.5 year old is the same way-- we used to have go-to foods we could always count on her eating, like spaghetti or French fries, but those don't work all the time anymore. She's more likely to eat off her dad's plate than anything on mine or on her own, so we just try to make sure he's got plenty in case she actually gets into eating it. But she does have days where she'll eat all day if there's food available for her, so we try to get her good foods and have them out all day on those days to make up for the days she doesn't eat. She hasn't gained any weight since her 18-month checkup, but the doctors haven't seen a problem with that. We also got her some gummy vitamins, which we can get her to eat at least once a day, so we know she's getting nutrients, even if she's not getting calories.

I guess we could just save the money from what she doesn't eat now and put it toward how much teenagers eat...

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6/11/12 12:29 P

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I know this is an old thread but I've been having this problem for months. My 2 year old will only pick at his food and then stop. Little nibbles here and there. Yet when I pick him up from daycare they tell me he ate all his food. I'm thinking he eats there because all the kids are eating but at home it's just him and my husband and me. The pediatrician said not to worry, he'll eat if he's hungry, but how he can't be hungry is beyond me. He's on the go all day....he should surly be working up an appetite. Sooooooo frustrating. Anyone have any suggestions?

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11/23/11 2:05 P

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My daughter is just a couple of months older than your son and she's been really sporadic about eating lately. She will eat really well for one day (or meal) and then hardly touch anything for a few meals (or even days)... she'll tell me she's hungry and ask for X (whatever)... but then hardly touch it.

If he is in daycare everyday and eating well, I wouldn't stress about it. I would offer him whatever is for the meal and let him eat what he eats. He will eat when he gets hungry, and he's obviously still getting food...

Oh... one other thing about my daughter... sometimes she is just getting distracted - if I can get her to actually sit, and I scoop up her food, she will eat more... j

Good luck!

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11/23/11 12:55 P

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Hello. I am a mother of a 2.5 year old and up until a few months ago he would eat anything I put in front of him. Now, he will barely even touch his favorite foods! I know this is a phase but he eats fine at Day Care...just not at all for us! I have tried so many things but nothing seems to work. Any ideas will be appreciated!


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