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    Not Eating Enough Foods...advice please!
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    4thornrose posted:
    I am having trouble getting my 4 year old son to eat more than 3 or 4 specific foods (nuggets, green beans, apple, and noodles. I am concerned as he stopped liking milk or PediaSure as soon as he was introduced to the cup. He is a very strong-willed, stubborn, and defiant at times. Eating time is one of them. We have tried introducing colorful foods, different textures, even blending for smoothies, nothing works. He is the type to smell is foods first and then decide.

    Help!!!!!!! I am worried he is not getting the nourishment needed to continue growing and being healthy.

    Desperate 4Thornrose.
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    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    Have you had him evaluated for sensory issues? Some kids don't like certain foods because they don't like how they feel in their mouths or smell.

    The also have food therapy (not sure exactly what it's called).

    Either way, talk to your son's pediatrician.
    Pround mom of PJ (6) and Kylee (4).
     
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    candi352 responded:
    I have a picky eater. She had feeding therapy and that seemed to help a bit. She eats more and her interests have widened. We stopped feeding therapy when we moved from the area and her new pediatrician had no idea what it was when I mentioned it to her so I don't know if feeding therapy is available everywhere. We actually just came from seeing nutritionist this morning. She said I should avoid letting her graze (eating throughout the day while playing) and stick to a schedule. Reward her with praise when she shows healthy eating habits, etc. Don't give her attention when she acts out. If you're worried about your son's weight, add extra calories to his meals. Give him cream cheese with the apples, add extra butter to his noodles and veggies. Things like that. Also talk to his doctor about other suggestions.


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