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    Picky Eater
    candi352 posted:
    Hello!!!! My DD will be 18 months on Monday and she is being such a picky eater. This only concerns me because she is below the growth chart. At birth, she weighed 4 lbs, 9 oz. She now weighs 16 lbs. She hardly ever eats a full meal. She doesn't seem to like meat. She will spit it out or take it out of her mouth and throw it on the floor. She will eat a little and then run around and play. Her development is great, she's just so tiny still. We saw a GI specialist and he recommended feeding therapy. We completed the evaluation and are waiting for the report. Any suggestions on how I can get her to eat more?
    oboingo76 responded:
    This is tricky. My daughter is in the 10th percentile for height and weight, but it's more genetic (my husband's family is tiny). She's 15 months and becoming more and more picky with the food. Luckily I have a few foods that she'll always eat, such as crackers and yogurt (I use the greek yogurt because it has a lot of protein). I have to finagle to get her to eat real foods like chicken and cheese. I have to hide fruit in yogurt because she doesn't like the texture of it plain. I was mixing veggies in with pasta for a while to get her to eat them but now she won't eat noddles or veggies. It's difficult when you can't reason with them yet. Luckily she likes milk so I know she is getting nutrients that way as well.
    hgreenwood7058 responded:
    My son is semi picky. At first he would eat everything in site but after I gave him stage three foods (spaghetti and a lasagna to be more specific), he ended up with horrible diarrhea and a rash that blistered as a result. Because of that he became a huge picky eater for the longest time. We had to start feeding him some table foods about 9 1/2 months or so because he refused baby food even the stuff he ate before. He is now eating a little more of it. He is still semi picky though. He is now 14 mo. He likes some pasta, loves cheese, and olives, and steamed broccoli, peas, cooked thoroughly carrots, gerber oatmeal, gerber yogurt, quite a few fruits and a little bit of meats and I still pump so he gets breastmilk in a bottle as well and other foods.One thing I did notice. At first he was all for feeding himself (still is) and he would refuse to eat if you tried feeding him because he wanted to do it. It took two spoons or forks to feed him anything because he would steal the utensil and throw a fit if he couldn't. But now we are better with that, but he will eat more and better (even if its the exact same thing on his tray) if I gave him bites off of my plate. I made a tuna/broccoli casserole thing last night with extra broccoli on the side and he ate some off his tray but he ate an extra like 15 bites off of my fork. Also he is a food thrower too. If he doesn't like something or is bored with it he will throw it on the floor.Because he is still on BM he gets a lot of his needed nutrients through that still. He was born 7lb5oz (at 37w and barely 4d) and at a week before 14 months he weighed in at 25lb5oz and 31.5" (he is in the 80th percentile). He was averaging in the 50th percentile till this recent growth spurt. A lot of it is trying new things for him because he gets bored. And then repeating foods. Find stuff they like and keep up with that while introducing other foods. Also, he has to sit in his high chair (we also bought a travel chair but he doesn't eat in it as well as the high chair). He gets distracted. If he doesn't sit in the high chair he would rather go play.
    candi352 replied to hgreenwood7058's response:
    Wow my baby girl does that too. I'm glad that she does like pasta, cheeses, fruits, and veggies. But she does not like meat at all. That is the main type of food she will throw on the floor. My daughter also will want to feed herself and will get upset when I won't give her the utensil. In the past, when I would feed her, she would take it out of her mouth, put it back on the plate, then pick it up and feed herself. Now, I just let her eat off of my plate. She likes to play when she eats too. I think that I will need to get her high chair. The booster seat isn't working.
    hgreenwood7058 replied to candi352's response:
    Yep sounds like my son. I can get him to eat meat but not much of it. You can do other sources of protein though that are meat free. Nuts are also high in protein but not really recommended for younger kiddos. Sometimes his issue too his that its too bland of a meat. Like bonless skinless chicken boiled. he won't eat much of it. Had a little basil and seasoning salt and pepper and he will eat it. Or ground turkey. I do ground turkey like i would ground beef (spaghetti or tacos hamburgers etc...). seasoning salt, garlic salt, pepper, and basil and cook all the way through (sometimes with the turkey burgers I add a little ranch powder as well). And then tomato sauce and noodles. He seems to eat it fairly well that way. Messy but eating. The tomato sauce that was used in the stage 3 foods were not good for him. But now its not too bad. I will also give him the gerber graduates meals. Like the pasta bites or the little meals that have noodles and a veggie. They are a much smaller version of the same stuff we eat. It says toddler and even the ones that say 2 are okay. Mainly just cutting the stuff smaller if its on the bigger side (the bonless skinless chicken bites need to be cut up, but the turkey meatball one doesnt, and we no longer need to cut up the pasta bites since he bites them into pieces now).

    Eggs and Dairy
    • Egg, large - 6 grams protein
    • Milk, 1 cup - 8 grams
    • Cottage cheese, ? cup - 15 grams
    • Yogurt, 1 cup — usually 8-12 grams, check label
    • Soft cheeses (Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert) — 6 grams per oz
    • Medium cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss) — 7 or 8 grams per oz
    • Hard cheeses (Parmesan) — 10 grams per oz
    Beans (including soy)
    • Tofu, ? cup 20 grams protein
    • Tofu, 1 oz, 2.3 grams
    • Soy milk, 1 cup - 6 -10 grams
    • Most beans (black, pinto, lentils, etc) about 7-10 grams protein per half cup of cooked beans
    • Soy beans, ? cup cooked — 14 grams protein
    • Split peas, ? cup cooked — 8 grams

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