Posted in Child's Health, Nutrition, Toddlers

Really frustrated... toddler eating issues

Anonymous

My 15 month old daughter does not eat much... she is a very very picky eater.. I have tried different types of foods, I've heard that sometimes they have a to try a food for about 30 times before they like it... my back up is Annie's chicken noodle soup which she does eat most of the time... don't really want to give her soup all the time...not sure what to do at this point, I feel helpless and frustrated.. should I take her to a dietitian??? She is otherwise a healthy kid.

  • Liz
    Mar 16

    Hi, try to put a small amount of tomato sauce or ketchup in a little spot and teach her how to stir the veggies or chiken in the sauce, maybe that helps !

  • Anonymous
    Mar 16

    Thank you! I will try that!

  • Rachel
    Mar 18

    I follow @FeedingLittles on Instagram (or you could on Facebook too?) they’re all about baby led weaning which is essentially introducing them babies to food before purées and getting them eating on their own. THEN they also have specific work (and even a class) just for toddlers because they go through these picky stages. My son used to eat ANYTHING I put in front of him. Now he’s also 15 months and has molars growing in so I have to be creative. If it was up to him, he’d only eat crunchy things and pouches because his mouth is so sore. I use a lot of the Feeding Littles tips successfully, but I want to buy their course eventually for further help.

  • Lynn
    Mar 18

    The general rule of thumb is 1 tbsp per age in years for each food group at every meal. If she’s 1, then 1 tbsp. 2 years old, then 2 tbsp. I highly recommend not making food an issue at all. I have my girls help with food prep and let them try all the fruits and vegetables while we are cutting them. We put a little of everything on their plates and 1 thing I know they will eat. Then, it’s up to them to eat it or not. I do not say anything about what they do or don’t eat. No asking them to finish or try things. I’ll describe food as I eat it. No praise. Nothing. I don’t give them pouches and we try to make sure there’s a rainbow on the plate.

  • Georgina
    Mar 19

    Same issue with my two year old son. I learned that he eats the most when he does an activity and not let him have so much to drink. He uses him being thirsty as excuse to not eat. But getting her involved in the cook process really helps and to give her what she likes is always great.

  • Amanda
    Apr 15

    Hi! Im sorry you’re struggling with feeding issues. I’ve been there (still am), so I truly empathize with your frustration and fear and feelings of helplessness. My response is a bit more on the dramatic side-worst case scenario-but I’m speaking from personal experience, and, identifying with you, as I remember my now-5-yo son-at 15 months. Everyone-including us, labeled him a picky eater. He didn’t get teeth until almost a year, so I blamed myself, for introducing solid foods late, for fear of choking. My fears about this also were based on the fact that my son gagged (once literally choked) the first-and every-time I tried stage 3 foods. When he finally began eating “real food,” his diet was very limited, and not too nutritious (against all my intentions), as I had come to care only that he ATE! I didn’t care, at this point, what it was, or if he ate the same few foods, all the time, at least he ate. This was at about 15 months, and on. When he was 2 and 3, he voiced (or otherwise, not so politely indicated) strong preferences for certain textures, temperatures, appearances of foods. But he ate. (A side note, which we realized was important later, my sweet boy never, ever chewed with his moth open!!! Never! Never “smacked” never an impolite eater. By the way, he was not taught this point of table manners, he just always ate this way from the very beginning. I felt so proud (wrong answer!!), not realizing he really wasn’t chewing his food properly-merely mashing it, leading to chocking, gagging, etc., more later). Fast forward to almost his 5th birthday, the point of starting full day pre-k. My son had somehow-somehow-whittled his diet down to 5 items, and subsisted mostly on liquid nutrition (introduced a year earlier, when I voiced concern to his well-meaning pediatrician). We were in crisis. Long story, not very short, I’m sorry, but after intense research and consultation with a professional, we realized there is a fine, but very definite line between picky eating and a big problem! Bottom line, my son was diagnosed with oral motor delays, feeding difficulties, dyspraxia, and a couple other diagnoses, which fell under the umbrella of sensory processing disorder. We sought help from a place in Denver And participated in an intensive, outpatient, occupational therapy and feeding therapy program for 4 weeks. It saved my sons life. We continue to work, and have hard days, but life is different. For us, i wish I would’ve known earlier, so it wouldn’t have gotten so bad. This, I very sincerely hope, does not apply to your child. But I wanted to share, in case it makes a difference. Best of luck to you and your family. Keep us posted.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 18

    Amanda thank you so much for sharing your story, I will most certainly keep an eye on this, sorry that you and your son have to deal with this. I can't even imagine, Best wishes and Good luck!