Hi, my step daughter is 7, she refuses to eat what we give her. But if I feed her myself, she eats the whole plate. I have tried many different things, to no avail. I hope your son is able to get the help he needs to overcome his emotional situation. Meaning the food takes longer to travel through your little one’s digestive system. I would contact your doctor if it goes on and see if you can check in with a dietitian to help build solids back into his diet, and make sure he’s getting proper calories and nutrients, within any constraints related to his kidney issues. Unsubscribe at any time. But, in a nutshell, I think you want to keep offering meals and snacks at a regular time, offer the food you want her to eat (balanced meals with most food groups–a protein source, dairy, grain, fruit and veggie), don’t give her an alternative if she refuses her meal or snack, and just stay on a routine so that she is offered a meal or snack about every 2.5 to 3 hours. even if we trying to feed him. It covers the foods your child needs, and the amounts–i think it will help you. maybe he has some problem with his health or its a mental problem? I also buy him like mini cheddars the salty type of biscuits, and other cookies, just to get something in his stomach. My 5 year old son takes an extremely long time to eat, and I noticed he chews his food for a long period of time and then takes a long time in between bites. These two posts will help you I think: http://jillcastle.wpengine.com/childhood-nutrition/overcome-short-order-cook-syndrome/ (there’s a free download, just click on the link in the body of the post) and http://jillcastle.wpengine.com/preschooler-nutrition/introducing-new-foods-kids-parent-primer/ (be sure to read all 3 parts). Hi Jaime As a mother iam worried about him…. But the gift that a healthy gut offers a person is life-changing. Although it’s concerning, it’s pretty common for young children, especially toddlers. He’s gotten taller but no weight gain. Feeding the underweight child includes optimizing calories and nutrients to help the picky eater gain weight, while also using a positive feeding style. My son got sick often and his behavior is HORRIBLE. Dear Madam, No meat. The child cannot change. Hi Jill, More so, I’m usually at the table asking for my 6 year old and 3 year old to “please eat” ten to twenty times. Research shows that children who are pushed, pressured or prompted to try new food, take another bite, or finish their meal may be less willing to try new foods. The following link will let you put in your zip code and “pediatrics” and locate a RD in your area: http://www.eatright.org/findaRD She didn’t want to take her milk anymore. Please “Help” my 22month old grandson is a very poor eater, he is offered a good selection of food at each meal but hardly touches anything he just seems to want breast milk which his pediatrician said was alright to still breastfeed because he is such a poor eater, the problem is that he gets very cranky and is still waking up at night then nurses constantly throughout the night. Hi Lilly, There are 3 parts to this–also, just search my blog–i have helpful info for picky eaters too. My toddler (he’s 2 1/2) has always been a really good eater. We are going crazy. Should I be concerned because I really am worried!! It’s encouraging that she eats well for her grandmother! Are there sensitivities to texture? She don’t know to bite and when force feeded she swallows the food without chewing , she got all the teeth but seems some mental fear which she thinks and try to vomit when any food sticks on her tongue. I hate to see very young children lose weight! Sabina, He’s unbelievably smart and stubborn as well. If they do eat well, they get fruit, and if they eat that, they can have what they’re craving, within reason. I am sorry to hear your having some challenges with your daughter. I really need help. (I’ve got one kid who needs a nap everyday and she’s in her 20’s!). What shall I do? when kids are past the normal “picky eating stage” from 2-6 years, they often have an underlying condition–it could be sensory processing d/o, ADHD, overactive gag, early medical situations like prematurity or adverse interactions with food or the mouth–many of these boil down to a child who won’t eat, and they need additional help to desensitize them to food, texture, smell, appearance, etc. My son, age 5, has never been a picky eater, he’s always tried new things and ate more than my 10 year old son. She has been to the GP 3 times now who doesn’t seem to think its a problem. The first step in a journey towards diet expansion is determining if your child has a feeding problem. Try to offer the food first –sometimes kids fill up on liquid and it reduces their appetite for solid foods. When kids won’t eat, there’s always an underlying reason. I’m wirried he’s becoming anorexic and feel it’s totally psychological. Get 10 bite-sized easy to use tips>>>. You might consider working with a feeding therapist (SLP or OT certified in feeding therapy)–his history of reflux and slow speech are red flags for feeding difficulty. He always ask for chips i do him them but wont eat them x. I have a 4 year old daughter. Wal Herring is behind Adventurous Little Eaters and she believes health is the fundamental to life and nutrition is the fundamental to health. Allow her to sit at the table while the rest of you eat. First, I would rule out a medical problem with the pediatrician. He feeds himself so, he has his independence but I just want him to be more consistent with his eating habits before he goes to preschool this year. I knew you could do it!” and excessive praise can lead to the same results. I would suggest a dietitian experienced with children and perhaps a feeding therapist to assess if anything mechanical with eating is going on. Good to talk with you offline, Holly–hang in there! A pediatric dietitian could help you get all this sorted out. To make up for lack of nutrients, my wife and I give her Pediasure, but we get frustrated that she doesn’t want to eat solid foods. My daughter is almost 16 months. And, read this article if you’ve got a baby who refuses to eat. It might just be that he’s “off” cheese for now…not unusual for a toddler to do this. He had tonsillitis not too long ago but this started before that. I absolutely love your articles. Jen x. Hi Jen–Aw, Do you think this is due to bullying? My daughter has been having a fever for the last 4 days and i started giving her medicine and it would go away until 2 days ago she would take it but she said her head hurts a lot and she has lost her appetite she rarely wants to drink anything and i really dont know what to do anymore ??? And she is active playing laughing, but not taking food, any drinks, except water, every day she eats maximum 200 gram food including ( biscuit, very less juices, less food, this is intake). I cant do it anymore. He never eats fruits and vegetables. We’re late for school every day because she won’t eat much if anything of her breakfast (30 minutes to eat half a pot of yoghurt). It’s 100% normal for a toddler to refuse to eat – sometimes. He drinks about 5 per day so he is getting about 50 to 70 ounces of veggie smoothie per week. Is this “normal”? he doesn’t eat anything at all. Make sure she understands what happens when the timer goes off (the meal is over, the table/kitchen is cleaned, and there is no more food until next meal/snack). I think you might want to check in with a feeding therapist, especially since you describe him holding and pocketing food in his mouth. And the strong-willed toddlers of this world will rally against that in anyway they can. A couple of next steps to think about: evaluation by a feeding therapist to assess any sensitivities that can be worked on. In the meantime, my book about helping kids try new food may help: http://jillcastle.wpengine.com/try-new-food. Leila, Eating lots of variety of home-made baby foods, from pumpkin puree to liver puree. They just increase their eating at the next meal or snack. I explore a more positive way to feed picky eaters in my book, Try New Food: How to Help Picky Eaters Taste, Eat & Like New Foods. This might be yogurt (a common favourite food for kids) or a treat, like a cookie. And why we want her to eat food. It’s really hard for us emotionally to deal with her not eating. Dont know what to do. Hi Jenn, The first thing is to make each meal they have as high quality as possible… if your toddler is eating oatmeal at breakfast, mix some ground flaxseed or pumpkin seeds into it. Sometimes kids are very attached to their primary parent and this is ok. Perhaps if he is able to feed himself that will help him be more confident with eating in any environment. grateful for any advice, Suzanne, It sounds like your son would benefit from an evaluation with a feeding therapist to evaluate his sensitivity to texture. My baby is 1.5 year old boy, He did not eat anything even milk also no feeding. http://jillcastle.wpengine.com/preschooler-nutrition/introducing-new-foods-kids-getting-practical/ Hi Brian, If I feed him food, he holds it in his mouth and I have to remind him to chew. He told reason for all these are –> Wisdom teeth is showing the face, may be infection, or some allergic. MY 22 month old son doesn’t eat or want to try any food some times the look or smell will just turn him off . Instead, you’ll want to keep offering a variety of foods even if your child doesn’t want to eat it. But, some toddlers refuse to eat ANYTHING or mostly anything. Please help. (We’re in a custody dispute right now, I have her as of now. So the food is spat out or gagged on. I am worried that “food issues” will develop into something much worse. Toddlers can refuse to eat for a variety of reasons. The more you have the more you want. I would take your son into the doctor and figure out what’s going on with his tummy…I think his symptoms warrant a check in with the doctor. sorts out in more detail what’s going on with older picky eaters. Something about kids wanting to feel independent…. This is one area of their lives where they can exert some control. He drinks fluids I have him on viatmins but please help! Also, obviously you’ll want to minimize distractions, and perhaps hold off on “chatting” for a minute or so to allow her to get started on the meal. My 6 years old son is not eating anything entire day. He is very slim and has a lot of bones protruding, especially in his torso. I am really concern about my son’s eating pattern as he plays sports and the long day outside for him too I think he should have bigger aperitif and need to get more nutrients. But, we don’t know if shes bored of what she eats when she eventually does. Picky eaters who tend to eat bland foods or all white foods may also be sensitive to the appearance or smell of food. Have you taken her to the doctor? If your child is leery of foods that are mushy, wet or slippery, she may be exhibiting signs of sensory sensitivity. Constipation: A child who is constipated may stop eating and may be unable to explain why. Also, have you tried some strategies to help him gain weight? If I bring the spoon to his mouth he turns his head and fusses and pushed me away……I can’t get him to try new foods and I’m truly concerned. Toddlers like concrete instruction and usually respond well to achievement charts and timers. I have no idea what I’m doing for him to be that big……it’s not like he even eats. Has she lost weight? My Daughter is 3yrs old and ever since she was born she does not like to eat,,, now is worse…. We do not feel or see any signs of illness. Has you’re child recently had antibiotics and now refuses to eat? This is causing a lot of frustration for her. crackers. Understanding why kids refuse to eat anything you offer, or when they don’t want to eat, is the key to helping your child move forward. You probably need to meet with your doctor and get into see a dietitian. Your tween will only eat pizza and chicken nuggets. I think sensitivities need to be considered in each case. No tramatic experiences. These characteristics of food may cause an aversion or disgust. He's generally active and seems happy, but to get him to eat anything is a chore of grand proportions. Please help. Your son will only eat crunchy foods. I’ve lost my last job cause of it cause I’m trying to help her so much that I’m losing everything else in the process. Understanding why kids refuse to eat anything you offer, or when they don’t want to eat, is the key to helping your child move forward. This happens for some children. He’s depressed and sleeps a lot. You may have to get a feeding therapist or occupational therapist who specializes in feeding to help him regain confidence with swallowing–I would discuss with your pediatrician. I’m at a loss where to go to from here. Nutritional deficiencies could be the cause of your child refusing to eat. For instance, is there pain? Hi. If I make pasta with meat in it he will eat it but if I make chicken or steak or hamburgers he will only eat the veggies. We hear so much about child obesity and kids who overeat. Or chicken nuggets and chips. Ironically, when kids won’t eat, it’s not always because they don’t like the food that’s being offered. All came back as normal and in range for his age. Absolutely everything. will this timer suggestion work for my situation or what should we do? Have to take oral meds? Several things can cause kids to not eat–often it’s just a phase. I have a very heightened sense of smell and taste (have been called a super taster), so I understand some of it. One day he’ll eat a strawberry and say these are good, and then the next day he’ll tell me he doesn’t like them anymore. I’ve read your book, and am trying to implement the overall philosophy that it’s our job to provide our children with healthy foods and routine, and their jobs to decide what to eat. I might have a conversation with him about what’s going on and see if you can get a better picture as to why he’s not eating–he might be able to tell you! In my experience, kids aren’t generally manipulative of their parents, unless they’ve learned coping skills due to negative experiences from food, or the interaction associated with feeding. HI James, He’s a really good eater for me most of the time. 3 year old refuses to eat anything other than chips and chicken nuggets for dinner. My son is 6. So if your toddler is refusing all things veggie and will only eat refined, sweeter foods – their taste buds need a reboot. My child won't eat after "near choking" incident. CHeck out my resources on picky eating–i think they will help you with food solutions and help with positive feeding. So simply changing breakfast can set your toddler up for less sweet cravings during the day. Limit milk to after she eats. As a childhood nutrition expert, I’ve worked with many picky eaters in my day. Soup is given in a spoonful on his plate and he STILL doesn’t finish. And little by little your picky eater will be eating trying new vegetables like sauerkraut and Sweet Potato before they are even asked to. I generally recommend putting a cap on mealtime to no more than 30 minutes/20 min. Sometimes setting a little timer will help. Super-tasters have more taste buds on the tongue, and they may be more sensitive to the chemical components of food, especially those of bitter and sour flavors. Good luck! Hi, I would offer only water between meals, try to offer 3 meals and 3 small snacks regularly through the day with no in-between foods. Assuming that your child is healthy, and has been growing well up to this point, you have to learn to trust that his body will tell him when he needs to eat, and that he won't starve. Could it maybe be cause he thinks eating food is punishment or something. Think of it this way: If your child refuses to eat broccoli, and thus, you never bring it to the table, your child will never come around to liking it because he’s not seeing it enough. He refused pizza today because it had cheese on it. I am giving him a liquid vitamin with iron. She should only be getting about 2 cups of milk per day at this point, with food being a big part of what she consumes during the day. Really worried. There are a lot of resources on this blog for you–one important one is the series: How to Introduce New Foods to Kids…hang in there and don’t give up! My three year old always had issues with texture on certain foods but always ate a decent variety up until he got sick with the flu seven weeks ago. Keep offering food at regular times, don’t put too much pressure on him to eat, and if it looks like something more is going on, get to the doctor. Good luck! He slowly start eating better but still not 100% do I do wrigh thing to give him time limit and no other food if main meal wasn’t finished. Symptoms within the first 2 years of a child’s life. The ramifications of making your child eat can be. Is there anything I can do to help her? There are a number of things you can do to help your toddler through this from providing small, softer meals to having their main meal earlier on in the day (so it doesn’t affect their sleep). Children need to gain and grow during childhood. Only to find out she told us she did not eat any of the meals because she did not like any of them as she is scared of trying any new food. If your older child isn’t eating because he’s a picky eater, read this article for more help. These will help: http://jillcastle.wpengine.com/childhood-nutrition/childhood-obesity-structured-eating/ and http://jillcastle.wpengine.com/childhood-nutrition/food-boundaries-kitchen-is-closed/, Hi my son is 2nd half yr old…he doesn’t eat any thing.i got irritated by making various dishes bt he split out of his mouth.doctor advice to stop feeding milk with feeder..as he is having conic constipation sometimes blood comes while passing stool.he is loosing weight day by day and easily get irritated.dnt speak single word.for me to look after a baby is becoming so challenging.plss help me out. We tried all the ways , she cannot feed herself and can live without any food and water whole day, Ganesh, She is the smallest one in her class. As a parent of a child with ASD, quickly ascribing this title to your child can lead to overlooking the underlying treatable deficits that are in fact causing this food limitation and affecting your child’s health and nutrition.. Slowly and gradually is the way forward here, with the aim of desensitizing your child to the textures they find troublesome. He would eat anything and everything. my son is almost 2 and has suddenly stopped eating from last 2 days……. With no explanation of what is wrong. Just such a shame as she always had a good appetite, never one for salads or vegetables but most other dinners she would eat. even if I ensure his good and hungry for his dinner he still hates it. Does he have food aversion or texture sensitivities? I want her to live but how can I get her to want to eat food. My 4-year-old daughter is not eating properly for the last two months. Here are some links to get you started: http://www.eatright.org/findanexpert and https://www.feedingmatters.org/find-help-in-your-area. If you want to move it up to 8 min. I’m worried he isn’t getting enough protein. When you are on a budget, do you just suggest letting her pick out new things as the store? All this is in the book. And “not wanting” anything suggests to me that there may be something else is going on. She sits at the table and wants to talk a lot – she’s very inquisitive- or move around and out of her chair or do something else with something she sees on the nearby kitchen counter. Is your child eating the same things day after day? My husband says that I scared him and I have already scheduled an appointment with his pediatrician. We will make dinners that he would eat and now us starting to refuse. She was diagnosed with a slow digestive track but here lately she won’t eat at all. When I hear a child is not eating, I am suspicious of texture aversion. My 20 month old son won’t eat anything and is losing weight, he is allergic to a lot of things and I am frustrated right now. It sounds like she has had a negative experience she will need help to overcome. Children, even young toddlers, are highly suggestible. Hello, But she doesn’t want anything! Of course, Janet! In my experience, this is one of the most stressful challenges for parents. He cannot say that, because anyone who starts eating TWICE as much as before everyday will be obese in a few months. Her PED is aware and tells me to keep trying and give her what she wants. Although this can be disconcerting, it’s nothing to worry about. Think of the young athlete who’s gone to school all day and attended sports practice afterward, or the kid who is naturally tired at the end of the day. He gags when he tries new food. if he wants food he will show.us signs. My son is beyond the “normal” picky stage and is very sensitive to texture and smell. It’s best to let your child focus on food and eating at the table—he can get back to playing or TV time later. But the past 2 weeks, he was sick and still is and have been eating even less. My child is 4, she just recently got sick 2 days ago nothing but a fever and sleeping, yesterday no fever and ate a few bites here and there and complained that the food doesnt taste good….food that she usually eats….what can I do to fix it or will it fix itself, I think it will sort itself out; pretty typical to experience taste and appetite changes when sick.:). I don't know what I'm doing wrong. At his last health checkup he seemed to be steady on his own growth curve, albeit on the very low end (single digits). I’ve had to cut my outings short because she calls me saying that he’s crying and refusing to eat and she doesn’t know what to do for him. In most cases she ends up eating very little throughout the day. It might be time to meet with a dietitian and make sure he’s getting the nutrition he needs; what is tough is that you don’t want to punish him for not eating, or withhold food. Secondly, I would take a closer look at how he is being fed (the interaction, the meal environment, etc) — I think my book Fearless Feeding will help you understand this more. A toddler who is picky because they’re sensory will also have other cues in their life such as being annoyed at the seams in their socks and particular about what type of clothes they wear. Your toddler’s gut microbiome was seeded at birth and there is a number of things that can impact if from antibiotics to their diet. There may be something going on with her stomach. I am very concerned about my 5 year old daughter. When your child won’t eat vegetables or other foods, like meat, it may be due to highly sensitive taste buds. Someone suggested she may have poor oral muscle tone. She is extremely difficult when it comes to food. Pressuring kids to eat may cause early fullness and even shut down their appetite. Possibly gagging at first bite or even sight? I’ve lost so much sleep over this. He has been bullied at school numerous times and apparently been dealt with?? It sounds like your son may have developed a preference for some of our less than healthy American foods! You might want to read Extreme Picky Eating by Katja Rowell for insight and help, too, but my sense based on what you’re saying is that a professional evaluation is in order. That broccoli will taste horrendously yuck to them. Get 10 bite-sized easy to digest emails and discover the foundations to Adventurous Eaters. This is really frightening me. We have discussed multiple reasons behind disturbing patterns of toddlers eating behavior. Picky eating may drag on if you force your child to eat, bribe him with dessert, or take away privileges (or food). Child Nutrition Forum This expert forum is not accepting new questions. All the best plans can go out the window when babies grow into toddlers with a mind of their own. she got urine infection and doctor has given antibiotics (toxim-o forte 100 mg 2ml twice a day for 10 days)…pls give me suggestions what I have to feed food to her. From pressure to sweet talk, favourite foods, etc but she only took 1 bite and then done. This happens because of those normal toddler eating habits, it’s part of the stage they’re in, despite how annoying and worrisome it is to their mama. In these cases, often a feeding therapist (speech language, or occupational therapist) can be very helpful–but, the process takes time and consistency. But what about the parent who’s asking about a child who doesn’t eat enough? I tried with her baby steps to encourage her by putting little food in a small plate, but that didn’t work out well. James had been a good eater as a baby. He will occasionally eat a few bites of pancakes and froot loops cereal. I know it’s my own doing…any tips on how to get them to pay attention and just eat?! Recently, within the past few months he has almost no interest in food. You may need to seek some help from a counselor to help her find some positive ways to handle her emotions. No fish. Try New Food will help you, step-by-step, set up a positive environment to help your child taste new foods, even if it seems you’ll never get your child to eat. I have bought him vitamins but this really worries me. It specifically helps with the picky eater! I just came across your website and it looks helpful to me as these days i am frustrating about my 10 year old’s picky eating habits. What suggestions do you have/ or what can i feed her with, She has a teeth coming out but she is not drooling, or hot, or fussy, infact she is in the best condition, Active playfulll. My 3-1/2 year old daughter hasn’t ever been a big eater. Hi, I’m really depressed my son is 3 years he doesn’t eat nothing just the only thing he likes is pizza, and milk I’m worrying about him I took him to school from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 5 hours he stay there with no food he’s teacher try, and nothing I try every thing with him, please tell what I have to do is this is normal ?? And, your toddler will have desensitization to sweet food as well as a sensitive palate to sour and bitter foods. My 6 year old son has always been a picky eater and underweight. Any thoughts? hi. Does your son have other challenges? Everyday shes eating less and less and it has come to a point where she has gone all day without having anything to eat or drink. She;ll have some dry cereal in the mornings, and during the day, she hardly eats. It seems that this is very complicated and touches on not only nutrition, but behavior, psychology, and more. A feeding specialist could help you work around the gag, perhaps. My name is tiara and my daughter doesn’t want to eat. My daughter just turned 3 and has always been a good eater. Thanks for adding that!! She won’t listen to anyone and says it’s healthy for her. If this is true with your child, it can result in selective eating, especially with vegetables. If your toddler is eating, but nothing that you consider healthy then there may be a few reasons behind their refusal. Have kids always been so picky? You can cover her meal and put it back in the refrigerator, so that if she claims she is hungry before bed, you can offer her her dinner again. Thank-you. My 5-year-old is a good eater – tries different foods and will do the normal amount of fussing with new foods. I do want him to chew food like other kids of his age ..I dont mind him eating pizzas or burgers once while. The only foods she really likes to eat are crackers, fish sticks and spaghetti… And she seems to eat that during the weekend but love eating fruits and crackers everyday but that’s it… She doesn’t like milk or veggies but loves her fruits… It’s that healthy I feel like she only feeds off of fruits crackers and cranberry juice during the week and when she’s with her grandmother on weekends she eats really well… Chicken, spaghetti, fish sticks, potatoes etc. Hi Mary, We call them the Big 8: milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, fish and shellfish. We sit down for dinner, for example, and he’ll take one look at his plate and whine, “Don’t want dinner!” and get down from the table. i am so sorry you and your child are going through this–I think you should try to get a pediatric dietitian involved and maybe a feeding therapist also…I’m sure your doctor is great, but from the sounds of it, you need some more input. But let’s talk about kids. Susie came to me when her child refused to eat anything. Also, be sure you’re feeding style and practices are positive and not making things worse–search my blog for articles on this. I would try to get her back on a regular meal schedule, offering the typical food diet she was eating before she got sick. He doesn’t want to eat anything after that. Yasmin, He takes daily vitamins, drinks milk but will only eat tortillas and yogurt. Steven, this is tough and i am sorry you and your daughter are going through this. I doubt it. I am not sure if I should cajole him or get angry on him. Lately I will name off what we have at home and she decides what she wants but then takes 3 or 4 bites and she’s done, 30 mins to an hour later she wants something else and does the same with that something else. but she refuses all the food i have tried….Please help? My child refuses to eat meat. If he had his choice, he would only eat pizza and plain pasta. Choosing a few foods and eating nothing but those. We have tried lasagna to pizza bites to plain Ramen noodles with no success. Any of these foods and beverages can shift the balance of the diet and interfere with eating. , Hi Jill my son is 2+ now and not even eating anything from the time he started eating food till today I force him to eat. Hi my son is 22 months old he usually doesn’t want to eat just want to drink all the time. We r Indian.doesn’t.fancy fruits much and now he skips his day naps too. We both parents are working and have super busy daily routine with our second toddler child. She says it’s cause her mother said it was healthy for her. Hi Tracye, Before this, he ate anything offered to him. Small square sandwich but will take little bites . And, for some kids, they need help with the mechanical aspects of eating, as well as the fun side of eating–hope your little brother is doing well! He’s 21 months old and I’m a single stay at home mom. Best to explore with your doctor. If a child has multiple food allergies, you can bet there are many food restrictions and diet limitations, which can lead to narrowed food selections and boredom. Nutrition made of up what we actually eat AND the mindset and habits – which are formed in childhood. The big kids also model eating for your little one, too! If so, I would think about seeking some help from a counselor. We’re both a little out of our depth! He is happy in school and enjoy it. Involve your strong-willed child into meal times. Hi my name is tina i have a daughter that 12 yrs and suddenly she doesn’t feel hungry at all she goes allday without eating an when she trieds to eat her stomach hurts she can go without eating for days and suddenly I notice she losing get weight ..y is that. Provide them with boundaries but give them a choice. spend all this time cooking fesh homemade dinners and then he won’t eat it. She has so much energy but where does she get it we don’t know. My granddaughter used to be a really good eater but she has really slowed down she eats hardly anything at school she is 6 but come dinner time maybe half of what she used to eat, if she is not eating at school and then not hungry come dinner should I be worried, I would check to make sure she isn’t eating/snacking before dinner. The last 4 months I add 2 ounces of veggie smoothie to 7 ounces of the shake. It gives a concrete ending to the meal. Or the kid who is refusing food? And if you ask her just to try a bite she immediately shuts down or starts crying. Understanding why a child refuses to eat. Here are some more fun exercises from this blog. There can be other reasons. I would just make sure you’re not just making what she will eat–nudge her to branch out to different foods and make it the norm that you offer a wide variety of different foods. Okay. To get started on the right foot with feeding your son, I would consider getting a good resource (I think my book Fearless Feeding would help you a lot). Sounds like you have an active toddler! She wont dare try new food if we present them to her. I have an eating disorder series that may help you tease out what is going on and feel free to look at the picky eating posts too–sometimes it’s hard to discern what exactly is going on, but i would definitely partner with your doctor on this one for further direction. The picky eater stage, although can be a stage can last for a lot longer than needed if it’s not addressed. The more you ask, remind or demand your child to eat, the less he does. Home.Gets worked up if he.skips food, and even ask for chips i want! Have started giving him a liquid vitamin with iron been with my 10 yr daughter. My 6yr old does not eating food is spat out or gagged on getting to the help. 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